Michelham Priory


Michelham Priory is a beautiful historic property nestling deep in the Sussex countryside and offers much to interest visitors and ideal for family days out - history, exhibits, superbly kept gardens, wildlife and working water mill.

England’s longest water filled moat surrounds the site which dates back to 1229.

Explore Michelham’s fascinating 800 year history, from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times and into its later life as a country house.

As well as the historic house, additional highlights include:
-seven acres of grounds with kitchen garden and medieval herb garden
-working watermill
-working forge
-interactive medieval gallery in the 14th century gatehouse
-replica Bronze Age roundhouse
-children’s play area
-trails, dressing up and hands-on activities throughout the house
-café and gift shop
-regular events throughout the year

The gardens, ground floor of the house, cafe, barn and courtyard area are all accessible. Sensory tours available by prior arrangement, assistance dogs welcome. Access aids include loan wheelchairs, dedicated disabled toilet and ramps where necessary.

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Adult £13.00
Child (aged 5 to 17) / Student £6.50
Senior £12.00
Family (2 adults + up to 4 children) £32.00
Family (1 adult + up to 3 children) £22.00
Under 5s Free
Essential Carer - Free
Members of The Sussex Archaeological Society Free

A reduced price for groups of 10 or more is available. Contact adminmich@sussexpast.co.uk for further information.

Private, educational and groups visits are possible on a pre-booked basis. Email adminmich@sussexpast.co.uk to check availability.


Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)


  • On-site catering
  • Picnic site


  • Facilities for educational visits

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups



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      Michelham Priory

      Type:Historic House

      Upper Dicker, Nr Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3QS

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      Opening Times

      Season (26 May 2023 - 30 June 2023)
      Monday - WednesdayClosed
      Thursday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
      Bank HolidayClosed
      Season (1 July 2023 - 29 Oct 2023)
      Tuesday - Sunday10:30 - 17:00
      Bank Holiday10:30 - 17:00


      • Other AwardsHistoric Houses Association Member Historic Houses Association Member 2019

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