Museums, Science & Heritage Centres

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Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre

Station Road, Amberley, Near Arundel, West Sussex

Amberley Museum is a 36 acre site set in the South Downs National Park dedicated to local industrial heritage. See the communications and electricity exhibition halls, working printshop, stationary engines, lime kilns and more. Ride on the narrow gauge railway or historic bus.

The Museum is home to traditional craftspeople such as the woodturners, wheelwrights and blacksmith, with a café, gift shop, nature trails and picnic areas.
We hold over fifty events ranging from children’s activity days to classic vehicle shows and the ever popular ale festival. We open from March to October. We have a large free carpark and are right next to Amberley railway station. Lots to see in all weathers!

Arundel Museum

Mill Road, Arundel


Arundel Museum
Arundel Museum is a modern, award winning museum situated on the riverbank in the centre of the lovely town of Arundel. The fascinating exhibits and artefacts tell the history of this historic town, from the first pre-Roman settlements to the present day. Do you know what a Knucker Hole is or where you might find a Mullet? You will do after your visit. It is however more than a museum, there is a café and a shop, we offer family event days, talks and exhibitions and our Jubilee Room is available for private hire.
While visiting why not take part in our original, official and guided , ‘Walking through History tours,’ ranging from Arundel Past and Present to the Ghosts, Murders and Mysteries of Old Arundel. There really is something for everyone.
01903 885866
e mail office@arundelmuseum.org

Bignor Roman Villa

Bignor Lane, Bignor, West Sussex

For nearly two hundred years locals and tourists have been visiting the site to see the fantastic mosaics that adorned the floors of this once elegant Roman Villa. The villa was a rich working farm in Roman Britain and the land is still farmed to this day by the Tupper family, descendants of George Tupper who discovered the site whilst ploughing in 1811.

The mosaics at Bignor include Jupiter and Ganymede, Venus and the Cupid Gladiators, the North Corridor (at twenty-four metres and thought to be the longest on display in Britain) and the Dolphin and Signature – perhaps belonging to Terentius the designer of the mosaic.

Bignor Roman Villa is situated in the centre of the designated South Downs National Park, only metres from the Downs themselves. The site commands unrivalled views of the Downs to South, East and West with instant access to miles of beautiful footpaths heading in all directions.

Bluebell Railway

Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex

The Bluebell railway operates along an 11 mile track between Sheffield Park and the ancient market town of East Grinstead. A round trip lasts for one and three quarter hours and offers a chance to see how we travelled in days gone by.

The locomotive shed at Sheffield Park is open every day and the museum is open whenever the trains run. Trains run every weekend and daily Easter to October and climbing on board and sitting back is a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours.

Fishbourne Roman Palace

Roman Way, Fishbourne, Chichester, West Sussex

Discovered in 1960, Fishbourne Roman Palace displays the largest collection of early Roman mosaic floors in Britain and museum displaying artefacts found during excavations. Replanted formal garden laid out to its original plan as discovered from excavation, featuring box hedging.

The Roman plants garden features many culinary and medicinal plants available during the life of the Palace. The Collections Discovery Centre houses 500,000 artefacts in the bulk and sensitive stores. The garden has been carefully replanted to its original plan with box hedging and fruit trees. The Collections Discovery Centre houses a sensitive store, research room and conservation laboratory.

Hollycombe Steam in the Country

Iron Hill, Liphook, Hants

Enjoy all the Fun of the Fair; steam railways and Hollycombe’s steam engines of national importance. You’ll be supporting a registered educational charity which relies solely on the money it receives from visitors. Pay once, and return again all season for free on most open days.

Experience the thrill of the world's oldest mechanically operated Fairground Ride; the world's first white-knuckle ride the Razzle Dazzle; and the views of the South Downs from the top of Hollycombe's famous Big Wheel. All set in picturesque Woodland Gardens, with a superb Azalea Walk, at it's best in May.

Hollycombe has a cafeteria and excellent Gift Shop with a wide range of Thomas the Tank Engine merchandise.

Newhaven Fort

Fort Road, Newhaven, East Sussex

There is so much to explore at Newhaven Fort, including the vast, echoing tunnels built into the chalk cliffs. Stroll along the ramparts and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the South Downs and Sussex Coast. The cliff-top gun emplacements are sure to fire any imagination!

This scheduled ancient monument tells the story of life in a Victorian Fortress and demonstrates Newhaven Fort’s role through two World Wars.

Sit in our recreated Blitz street shelter simulation and experience an air-raid (don’t panic – it isn’t real!). With a café, gift shop, outdoor playground, and exciting events programme, there’s something for all the family to enjoy!

Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum

Royal Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex

The Redoubt Fortress is one of the South Coast’s most historic landmarks located on Eastbourne’s iconic seafront. Uncover a secret world of over 200 years of history and a vibrant events programme to suit all ages and interests. Open daily between 21 March-13 November, discover intriguing exhibitions and daily tours or try one of our exciting events including stargazing, Culture & Cake talks, ‘Films at the Fortress’ evenings featuring classics such as Alien, The Mummy, and many more! Plus the kids will love the Easter, summer holiday and Halloween fun and the spooky Twilight Tours! Be moved and inspired by these brave soldiers’ stories at the new exhibition ‘For hearth, home and honour? Eastbourne learns the reality of war’ featuring personal stories of soldiers of the Royal Sussex Regiment who fought in the First World War.
Call 01323 410300 or visit heritageeastbourne.com for more info.

Smugglers Adventure

St Clements Caves, West Hill, Hastings, East Sussex

Deep in the heart of Hastings West Hill lies the Smugglers Adventure, acres of caverns that conceal the thrilling history of smugglers, bootleggers and warring bloodthirsty gangs.

Explore the labyrinth of secret tunnels and passages and discover the dangers and hardships that faced the Sussex smugglers of the eighteenth century.

Join notorious smuggler ‘Hairy Jack’ as he leads you through the underground caverns, passages and tunnels on a voyage back through time to the heyday of smuggling.

More than 70 life-size characters, interactive displays, eerie lighting and sound effects and dramatic recreations bring this mysterious and often bloody world vividly to life.

South Downs Planetarium

Sir Patrick Moore Building, Kingsham Farm, Kingsham Rd, Chichester

With its 100-seater auditorium, colourful displays and well-stocked shop, the Planetarium has something for all the family (aged 6 upwards).

Our magnificent star projector projects nearly 4,500 stars and other celestial objects onto the dome above your head. There is free car parking, easy disabled access and is just a short walk from rail and bus stations.

Pre-booked visits by schools, clubs and youth groups welcome. Open all year. For opening times, public shows and prices see website. To reserve tickets or book a visit Tel: 01243 774400 or 07818 297292.

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum

Gamecock Terrace, Tangmere, Chichester

This unique collection of military aircraft and artefacts from Great War to Cold War includes two past holders of the World Air Speed Record as well as a Lightning, Phantom, Sea Vixen, Hunter, Harrier, a replica Spitfire and Hurricane among others. Allow two hours to see the fascinating exhibits at this famous Battle of Britain RAF airfield including a Lightning cockpit flight simulator (for adults) and three other flight simulators (all ages) to test your flying skills! Check website for additional information and special events.
Open: Daily from 10am February 1st to 30th November - 3 miles from Chichester signed on A27.

The Novium Museum

Tower Street, Chichester

Discover intriguing stories from Chichester District connected with extraordinary artefacts in a contemporary, state-of-the-art museum. Built above the remains of the Roman bath house, The Novium offers three floors of interactive exhibitions, exciting events and award-winning learning programmes, tourism services and a shop. Entrance to the museum is FREE.

Chichester’s Tourism Information Service is located on the ground floor, with knowledgeable staff on hand to tell you all about visiting the Chichester District. We also have a shop selling a range of gifts and souvenirs.

As you reach the second floor, you have to stop and take in the breath-taking view of the cathedral. You can then enter the top floor gallery, which has some fascinating exhibits, including Chichester’s old jail door.

Contact us on 01243 775888

The Observatory Science Centre

Wartling Road, Herstmonceux, Hailsham, East Sussex

Enjoy an exciting range of hands-on science and discovery amongst the domes and telescopes of a former world famous observatory.

Our historic site is now a thriving science centre, with over 100 interactive exhibits, as well as Telescope Tours, Science Shows, Café, Gift Shop, Outdoor Discovery Park and water play areas.

Open Evenings including night sky viewing (weather permitting), Astronomy Courses, Workshops and many Special Events are also run throughout the year. Our aim is to make science spectacular and fun for everyone.

The True CRIME Museum

Palace Avenue Arcade, White Rock, Hastings, East Sussex

A SHOCKING new attraction for everyone fascinated by the dark world of CRIME.

Set in 3,000 sq/ft of seafront caves, it is the largest collection of crime memorabilia in the UK and open daily from 10am – 5pm.

Suitable for all ages and with wheelchair access throughout, the museum presents a chilling but fascinating insight into the world of Serial Killers, Forensics, Gangsters, Prisoners, Poisoners and more!

See a GENUINE lethal injection deathbed, the ACTUAL acid containers used by John George Haigh to dissolve his victims. Guess the crimes of the celebrities from their police mug shots, then enter the Cinema Cave where infamous murderers describe their hideous deeds.

Weald & Downland Living Museum

Town Lane, Singleton, West Sussex

Come and discover 50 rescued traditional buildings in a rural landscape, which tell the stories of the people who lived and worked in the Weald and Downland region over a 950-year period. Explore the Museum’s 40-acre site and visit our historic houses – many of which are furnished with recreated domestic interiors.

There are six delightful period gardens that have been recreated to show the transition of gardens from the early 16th century through to the late 19th century. They show the herbs, vegetables and plants that would have met the needs of rural households. Each garden represents the period of the house and the social status of the householder.

Visitors can enjoy a changing programme of domestic and craft demonstrations, including cooking in our Tudor kitchen, milling in our working watermill, blacksmithing in our Victorian smithy, plus seasonal demonstrations. You can wander in the woodland, visit the café kiosk or picnic by the millpond. Dogs on leads are welcome.

Wings Museum

Bucklands Farm, Brantridge Lane, Near Balcombe, West Sussex

The Wings Museum at Handcross (Near the A-23) provides a fascinating in-sight into life during World War Two. Each artefact or item of memorabilia tells it`s own unique story, set along side the sounds and music of the times.

History appears to come alive in this unique nostalgic experience. Come and see original items from the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, the Home Front including the real Dad's Army, Russian Front, D-Day, Bomber Command, US 8th Air Force.

Items on display include: Aero Engines, Propellers, Artefacts, Uniforms, Aircraft Parts, Equipment, Local History, Home Front Items and much much more!