Overview

Quex House was built in 1812, and many of the passions and interests of its builder John Powell Powell can still be seen today, including a collection of Napoleonic memorabilia, a collection of naval canon and the distinctive boat-shaped curve to two of the publicly accessible rooms.

In its lifetime, the house has been extensively remodelled, with the current layout largely reflecting the life of Percy Powell-Cotton and his family, who lived in the house in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Percy is perhaps best known as the founder of the Powell-Cotton Museum and an explorer, and his travels and enthusiasm for collecting spilled into his house. Many exotic influences can be found in the Oriental Drawing Room, for example.

Today the house is run by a Charitable Trust, but continues to reflect the eclectic style and homely feel of the Powell-Cotton family.


Today
Today’s opening hours

Museum and Gardens: Tuesday 14 January to Sunday 20 December 2019 - 10am-5pm.

Opening
Opening

2020

Open Tuesdays - Sundays (Closed Mondays, except Bank Holidays)

  • Museum and Gardens - Tuesday 14 January to Sunday 20 December - 10am - 5pm
  • Quex House - 1 April to 31 October - 1pm - 4pm

Please note that last entry to the Museum and Gardens is 4.30 pm each day, but please see below for any dates when the museum may be closed early for staff training or where certain galleries may be closed to the public.  The walled garden will close at 4pm daily, the rest of Quex Gardens will remain open until 5pm. Also please note information about Quex House closure due to weddings below.

  • Please be aware Quex House will be CLOSED if there is a wedding ceremony taking place.  Also other areas such as Gallery 1 and the gardens may be closed during these occasions so  please click here for more information.
  • Quex House will be closed on 24th July 2020 for a wedding

Find Us
Find us

The main visitor entrance is at ///shoulders.hiding.named What does this mean?

From London take the M2, or from Canterbury the A28 and follow signs for Margate.  As you enter Birchington, turn right into Park Lane.  The entrance to Quex Park and the Museum is approximately half a mile on the left handside. 

By rail – the journey from London Victoria to Birchington-on-Sea takes around 1 hour, 45 minutes.  The walk from the train station through Birchington’s Station Road and along Park Lane takes about 20 – 30 minutes.  The Highspeed train from St Pancras to Margate takes about 1 hour, 20 minutes. 
 

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Thanet Cars 01843 333333

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adults: £8.95 
Concessions: £6.50
Students: £6.50
Carers and under 5s: Free 
 

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible parking
Group Visits
Group Visits

Quex Park is exceptionally well placed to provide a memorable group visit with professional, flexible and comprehensive group facilities in an historic country house setting.

Depending on the type of group there are a variety of attractions on Quex Park including the Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens, Quex Barn Farmers Market and Quex Craft Village.

Find out more.

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Weddings


Today
Today’s opening hours

Museum and Gardens: Tuesday 14 January to Sunday 20 December 2019 - 10am-5pm.

Opening
Opening

2020

Open Tuesdays - Sundays (Closed Mondays, except Bank Holidays)

  • Museum and Gardens - Tuesday 14 January to Sunday 20 December - 10am - 5pm
  • Quex House - 1 April to 31 October - 1pm - 4pm

Please note that last entry to the Museum and Gardens is 4.30 pm each day, but please see below for any dates when the museum may be closed early for staff training or where certain galleries may be closed to the public.  The walled garden will close at 4pm daily, the rest of Quex Gardens will remain open until 5pm. Also please note information about Quex House closure due to weddings below.

  • Please be aware Quex House will be CLOSED if there is a wedding ceremony taking place.  Also other areas such as Gallery 1 and the gardens may be closed during these occasions so  please click here for more information.
  • Quex House will be closed on 24th July 2020 for a wedding

Find Us
Find us

The main visitor entrance is at ///shoulders.hiding.named What does this mean?

From London take the M2, or from Canterbury the A28 and follow signs for Margate.  As you enter Birchington, turn right into Park Lane.  The entrance to Quex Park and the Museum is approximately half a mile on the left handside. 

By rail – the journey from London Victoria to Birchington-on-Sea takes around 1 hour, 45 minutes.  The walk from the train station through Birchington’s Station Road and along Park Lane takes about 20 – 30 minutes.  The Highspeed train from St Pancras to Margate takes about 1 hour, 20 minutes. 
 

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Thanet Cars 01843 333333

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adults: £8.95 
Concessions: £6.50
Students: £6.50
Carers and under 5s: Free 
 

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible parking
Group Visits
Group Visits

Quex Park is exceptionally well placed to provide a memorable group visit with professional, flexible and comprehensive group facilities in an historic country house setting.

Depending on the type of group there are a variety of attractions on Quex Park including the Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens, Quex Barn Farmers Market and Quex Craft Village.

Find out more.

Other opening

Quex House will not be open on the following dates due to scheduled weddings:

Sat 18 January 2020 Gallery 1 closed for 1 hour between 1.45 pm - 2.45 pm today
Sat 25 January 2020 Gallery 1 closed for 1 hour between 2.45 pm - 3.45 pm today
Sat 18 April 2020 Quex House CLOSED & Gallery 1 closed (G1 times to be confirmed)
Thurs 21 May 2020 Quex House CLOSED
Thurs 4 June 2020 Quex House CLOSED
Thurs 2 July 2020 Quex House CLOSED
Sat 25 July 2020 Quex House CLOSED
Sun 26 July 2020 Quex House CLOSED
Thurs 30 July 2020 Quex House CLOSED
Sun 2 August 2020 Quex House CLOSED
Thurs 13 August 2020 Quex House CLOSED
Sat 15 August 2020 Quex House CLOSED
Thurs 3 September 2020 Quex House CLOSED
Sat 5 September 2020 Quex House CLOSED
Sat 29 May 2021 Quex House CLOSED
Fri 6 August 2021 Quex House CLOSED
Thurs 28 October 2021 Quex House CLOSED & Gallery 1 closed (G1 times to be confirmed)

School Visits

Since the museum’s founder, Percy Powell-Cotton created this extraordinary museum, learning has been at the heart of everything we do. 

We offer a range of tailored tours and workshops and self-led visits are also welcome. Whether you want to spend just a few hours or a whole day exploring our galleries. Must be booked in advance.

Find out more on our website.


Things to See

Fun Facts

The builder of Quex House, John Powell Powell, was an avid collector of all things naval. This included ship furniture, such as figureheads, personal items from Napoleon taken from the battle of Waterloo, and a large collection of naval cannon, which can now be seen outside the front of Quex House.

In the 1890s Percy Powell-Cotton made several visits to Kashmir, India, and on inheriting Quex House in 1892, used his experience to redesign the ballroom into the new ‘Oriental Drawing Room’.

In 1898 he instructed a wood carver in Srinagar, Kashmir, to build wood panelling for his home in Birchington, which he had shipped back home and fitted himself. He then filled the room with treasures old and new, showing influences from India, China, Japan and Burma. Whilst this ‘Oriental’ style was very popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, few examples survive in domestic settings today, making the Oriental Room at Quex rather special.