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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

Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre

New Barn Road, Amberley, Near Arundel, West Sussex

With 36 acres to explore and over 40 exhibits to visit, there is so much to discover, learn and have fun at Amberley Museum. The Museum is dedicated to preserving the industrial heritage of the South East. Exhibits include our communications building, electricity hall, working printshop, and the lime kilns which date back to when the site was a working chalk quarry. The Museum is also home to traditional crafts people such as the wheelwrights and blacksmith. You can also take a ride on the narrow gauge railway and historic buses to explore around the museum.

We have our own on-site café serving hot and cold food, and picnic areas around the site. The Museum is accessibility friendly and dogs are also welcome on site but must be kept on a lead at all times. We have been awarded the Kennel Club ‘Best Dog Friendly Attraction Award’ for Days Out 2016.

Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

High Street, Lewes

Lewes Castle was begun soon after the Battle of Hastings in 1066, by the Norman William de Warenne, a close friend of William the Conqueror. The impressive Barbican Gate was added in the 14th Century.
Climb the steep zig zag steps to the Keep to get stunning panoramic views of the Sussex countryside all the way from the Downs to the coast.

The adjoining Barbican House Museum is home to the Museum of Sussex Archaeology with artefacts and a mini cinema which tells the story of Lewes and the castle from early prehistoric to late Medieval times.
The museum is also home to the Battle of Lewes Tapestry which depicts the battle that opened the way for the eventual introduction of representative democracy.

The Novium Museum

Tower Street, Chichester

Opened in 2012, our award-winning museum is built over the remains of a Roman bathhouse and has three floors of fantastic exhibitions, telling the fascinating story of Chichester District and its rich heritage. It looks after 500,000 artefacts, both on display and in its store. The museum is free for people to visit, and is located in Tower Street, close to the cathedral and just opposite Chichester Library.

Throughout the year, residents and visitors can enjoy a wide variety of permanent, temporary and travelling exhibitions at the museum. The team also organises numerous activities including a mixture of bookable and drop in events plus talks, the annual Roman Week during the May half term, finds identification sessions, Father Christmas and lots more. You can enjoy coffee and cake while taking in the remains of the Roman bathhouse and the museum shop offers a wide range of exhibition related gifts, toys and books.

Tel: 01243 775888 Email: thenovium@chichester.gov.uk

Arundel Castle & Gardens

Arundel, West Sussex

Ancient Castle and stately home of the Dukes of Norfolk, reflecting nearly 1,000 years of history with magnificent views across the South Downs and River Arun.

The stunning and inspirational walled gardens include the internationally renowned Collector Earl’s Garden, The Stumpery; the hot and cool Herbaceous Borders with contrasting foliage plants; the Cut Flower Garden and Organic Kitchen Garden and a restored lean-to peach house and vinery.

Do not miss the Fitzalan Chapel with it's own delightful garden planted in white, and the Rose Garden, with old-fashioned English roses, in what was once a Medieval bowling green.

Arundel Wetland Centre

Mill Road, Arundel, West Sussex

This gorgeous wetland nature reserve bursts forth with wild life and fantastic family activities like Dusty's Wildlife Rangers activities in summer. The reserve has free boat rides, pond dipping and an amazing reedbed boardwalk. Wide, paved walkways lead to collection of 50 species of wildfowl from around the world in natural settings and 8 wildlife hides with ramps for easy access to view Sussex wildlife like kingfishers and water voles. Our Wetlands Discovery Boat Safari can even accommodate non-motorized wheelchairs which we also have for free loan at the admissons desk.

The Water’s Edge Cafe serves hot meals from 12-2pm and delicious cakes and specialty hot drinks all day. The WWT gift shop is open each day, every penny you spend supports conservation, here in Sussex, the UK and worldwide as the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust works to save wetlands for wildife and people.

Anne of Cleves House Museum

Southover High Street, Lewes

Anne of Cleves House formed part of Anne’s annulment settlement from Henry VIII in 1540. The House is a wonderful example of a late medieval timber framed building. The earliest parts date from the late 1400’s, and there were further additions up until the 17th century.

Today you can catch the atmosphere of how people lived during Tudor times in the kitchen, bedroom and parlour, which have authentic domestic furnishings.
The house also contains the Museum of Lewes History and the Wealden Iron Gallery which illustrates this local Tudor industry.

The pretty gardens behind are inspired by Tudor planting schemes and contains traditional plants including a medlar tree. The café and Tudor tea garden has a separate access to the museum which allows non museum visitors to come and enjoy a drink in the setting of this beautiful former home.

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.

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.

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.

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.

South Downs Heritage Centre

Brighton Rd, Hassocks

A unique visitor attraction in a stunning oak-framed barn. Independent British artists, designers and makers regularly showcase their work to the public. A local Sussex butcher and the renowned World Cheese Awards judge and cheesemonger, Paul Heasman, join many other artisan food producers in the Sussex Food Hall. Book one of many art and craft courses or join us at one of our events. Visit The Museum of Gardening in association with The Budding Foundation or relax at The Barn Restaurant and Coffee Shop which serves delicious meals, snacks and teas. FREE ADMISSION. We are a growing community of over 60 artists, makers, foodies, educators, gardening history enthusiasts and volunteers.

Paradise Park

Avis Road, Newhaven, East Sussex

The Heritage Trail and Gardens at Paradise Park are the perfect day out for all ages. The Museum of Life is one of the finest exhibitions of its type in the country with life size moving dinosaurs and a spectacular collection of fossils, minerals and crystals.

The Planthouses have a spectacular collection of the world’s flora. The gardens are one of Newhaven’s hidden secrets with several small lakes, waterfalls and fountains.

The Sussex History Trail meanders through the gardens with handcrafted models of Sussex landmarks. Children’s activities include Crazy golf, miniature railway, play areas and amusements.

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.

Heaven Farm

Heaven Farm, Furners Green, Uckfield, East Sussex

In the heart of Sussex is 100 acres of beautiful Bluebell woodland and nature trail with wallabies and deer. By the Bluebell woodland is our stunning Wedding Venue. The Stable Tea Rooms offer coffee, lunches and cream teas. Available for functions. Coaches welcome. Visit our shops The Granary for gifts and accessories.

Heaven Farm Shop offering fresh local and regional produce. Antiques and Collectables. Farm Museum (tel to confirm opening times). Entry to the farm is free and child friendly. Dogs welcome on leads. Caravan and Camping site.

St Mary's House & Gardens

Bramber, West Sussex

Enchanting historic 15th century timber-framed house, with magnificent gardens, and charming cottage-style tea rooms, in the picturesque award-winning downland village of Bramber. St Mary's is still a lived-in home, with fine panelled rooms, including the unique Elizabethan trompe l'oeil Painted Room.

There are five acres of beautiful gardens, with an exceptional example of the prehistoric Ginkgo Biloba 'living fossil' tree, amusing animal topiary, and 'Secret' Garden with original Victorian fruit wall and pineapple pits, beautiful rose garden, unusual circular English Poetry Garden, landscape water garden and Rural Museum.

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.