Michelham Priory

East Sussex, BN27 3QS

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A magnificent Tudor mansion surrounded by a medieval moat.

England’s longest medieval water-filled moat surrounds the seven-acre site dating back to 1229. As well as the magnificent Tudor mansion the island holds a 14th-century gatehouse, a working watermill and forge, a Bronze Age roundhouse, an Elizabethan great barn, a café and a play area.

Visitors can trace the priory through 800 years of history, from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries and finishing with its later life as a country house.

Art we’ve helped buy at Michelham Priory

A collection of 366 watercolours of Sussex churches by H Petrie.

Venue information

Opening times

10th February to 28th February 
Daily, 11am –  4pm 

1st March to 31st October 
Daily, 10am – 5pm

1st November to 21st December 
Daily, 11am – 4pm

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