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Welcome to England’s longest medieval water filled moat. This picturesque island offers a great day out for all the family.

Discover 800 years of history at Michelham: from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the dissolution of the monasteries into its later life as a country house.

Seven acres of stunning grounds include kitchen, physic and medieval herb gardens dotted about with beautiful modern sculptures. Visit the historic watermill, forge and interactive medieval gallery in the 14th century gatehouse. Children can enjoy playing in the replica Bronze Age roundhouse, play area. Trails and hands-on activities available throughout the house.

Today’s opening hours

Open Daily from 9th February to 20th December. 10.30am to 5pm daily with seasonal variations.



Open daily from 9th February to 20th December.

10.30am to 5pm daily with seasonal variations.

Find Us
Find us

8 miles North West of Eastbourne off the A22/A27.

The nearest train station is at Polegate. Please be aware that there is no direct bus to the site.


Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adult £10.80
Child (5-16) £5.40
Student / Senior £9.70
Carer Free
Family £27.75 (2 adults and up to 4 children)

Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups of 15 or more receive a discounted admission price when booked in advance.

Guided house or garden tours can also be arranged prior to your visit. We are also able to pre-book meals or refreshments in the cafe.

Please contact us for a group booking form.

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


You will never find a more romantic venue for your special day, with excellent service in an historic and peaceful setting. The stunning Elizabethan Barn can seat up to one hundred and thirty, yet smaller groups can comfortably be accommodated in its atmospheric and flexible space.

Michelham Priory is set in the beautiful Cuckmore Valley in East Sussex close to the South Downs. Wedding ceremonies and receptions take place in the grand grade listed Elizabethan Barn full of original features and charm.

Just outside is the beautiful moat terrace where the drinks receptions take place with romantic views overlooking the stunning Priory house, historic watermill and the largest moat in England.


  • Suppliers list
  • Accessible parking
  • In-house catering

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

We host  a variety of private functions, ceremonies and parties at Michelham Priory from birthday parties and anniversary parties to balls and banquet evenings to wakes, naming ceremonies and blessings to book readings, workshops and academic lectures to corporate functions.

Whatever your event we would loved to host your day for you at Michelham Priory.

Find out more on our website.


  • Projector and screen
  • Refreshments
  • Accessible toilets
  • Plentiful parking
  • Lunch

School Visits

The friendly education team offer a wide range of customised activity days enabling children to discover the past using drama, hands on activities, challenges, costumes, tours, artefact handling and demonstrations in the forge and watermill.

For more information, please see our website