Michelham Priory

Michelham Priory, Arlington: Hours, Address, Michelham Priory Reviews: 4.5/5

Michelham Priory
4.5
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Michelham Priory is an historic house and gardens dating back to the 13th Century. Inside the house you can discover the history of the site from Medieval times right up to its use during WW2. Hands on activities, trails and dressing up keep the children amused!Outside we have extensive gardens, moat, working watermill, forge, Elizabethan barn, playground, and replica Bronze age roundhouse.At the weekends you can have a go at archery with the Bowmen, and recently opened in 2013 is the interactive Medieval gallery in the gatehouse.Many special events run throughout the season, please check the website for details.Michelham Priory has ample parking, shop, cafe and picnic area.
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Andrew
St. Albans, UK6,074 contributions
Interesting house and pleasant grounds
Jul 2021
We ended up at Michelham Priory as the attraction we were meant to be visiting was closed – so we search a map and decided on Michelham Priory (a place none of us had visited before).

The imposing gatehouse gave a great impression and set the tone for a very enjoyable visit. The house and grounds are not huge, but are large enough to make a visit last a couple of hours. When we were there, there was an archery demonstration in the afternoon.

The playground was closed, but it looked good. We did not see the watermill but did see the Bronze age roundhouse (a small walk from the rest of the attraction) – one bit of disappointment was that the moat was almost full of weeds and mud, shame as this was a bit selling point of the property.
Written 10 September 2021
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J London
London, England112 contributions
Waste of a day
Aug 2021
Went a person displaying a car a the 2021 Classic show. After supplying information and copy of insurance the organisers did not respond to email and have failed to give answers to questions to which include legal obligations. Got the impression that they were simply not interested, poor attendance by exhibitors and rude comments from members of the public who are ignorant about certain car models. Potential to be good if someone actually cared. They also could not be bothered to return phone calls.
Written 1 September 2021
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Sussexkim
Hailsham, UK99 contributions
Beautiful house & gardens
Aug 2021
Wasn’t sure where to take my 11 year old granddaughter for our last day together this summer holiday so I decided on Michelham Priory & I must say I’m glad I did. The grounds are beautiful & the house is so interesting, we spent an hour going round the house alone then another 2 hours in the gardens we also visited the cafe which is very reasonably priced, I would definitely recommend the coronation chicken baguette. If you go into the gift shop you can buy a bag of duck food for £1, we ended up getting 3 bags because it’s so much fun having the ducks eat out of your hands & following you around as soon as they see you with the brown paper bag. The watermill & the blacksmiths forge were closed but we knew this before going. We will definitely be visiting here again in the near future.
Written 31 August 2021
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Diane S
Worthing, UK227 contributions
Interesting house
Aug 2021
We visited here over the bank holiday and were surprised that it wasn't busier. The parking is good and the grounds were vast. The highlight for us were the ducks that stampeded down to the cafe while we were getting drinks. They obviously are very friendly and are a great draw for the visiting children. The gardens, although needing some maintenance and care were lovely. No hills or steep areas to negotiate. Not sure about scooters or wheelchairs though as it is mostly lawn. There is a childrens play area the other side of the moat. The house was interesting and we loved looking around without being hurried. The shops/cafes were a little expensive but the money needed to maintain the place must be enormous! The staff were lovely and informative. I hadn't realised they did various events here either so I shall keep my eyes open for them. The sun was out so the day was great. Not sure what we would have done if it had been raining though. People were picnic'ing in various places, so I assume it would be a good alternative. Would we come again? on a sunny day - yes.
Written 31 August 2021
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Steve-Marilyn
East Sussex, UK171 contributions
Well worth the visit
Aug 2021
We visited the Priory on the recent event day and were very impressed with the people who took part in all of the displays and those lovely volunteers in the actual priory. The cafe was staffed by very friendly and helpful people and the cakes were excellent. We also ate a hearty lunch and were very happy to pay the rate which was good value when set in such an environment.
The gardens were very interesting and it was so good being able to talk with one of the gardeners about our gardening issues, he was very friendly and helpful.
A really good day out and we will return using the historic Sussex past annual pass.
Written 19 August 2021
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Vacationer690211
Coventry, UK1 contribution
Expensive and disappointing.
Aug 2021
Disappointed at how expensive it was to look at fairly average gardens; shocking charges for bottle of water too. Neither forge or waterwheel are in working order- not worth the charge.
Written 16 August 2021
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John C
East Molesey, UK239 contributions
Very interesting & Beautiful
Aug 2021 • Couples
A charming old Priory & grounds, owned by the Sussex Past Trust. On the day we attended there was an open air exhibition of stands demonstrating activities from medieval through Saxon times & middle ages to WW2.
We especially enjoyed the demonstration of using a quill pen, casting metal using a cuttle mould like the Saxons & hand spinning flax yarn - suck knowledgable members taking one through it all personally.
Special mention should be made of the tea shop with its friendly service & tasty, good value fare.
A visit is highly recommended
Written 15 August 2021
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Traveler650528
Hastings, UK2 contributions
Disappointed
Aug 2021 • Couples
An almost enjoyable visit just a shame the website its not accurate in the way it presents some of the attractions or informing of restricted access to some parts of the house owing to covid restrictions.
The video on the website shows a working forge and waterwheel and the writeup gives the impression they are functioning all the time. Neither of them were working and from all appearances the waterwheel has not worked for some time and the mill was not open to view inside. Apparently the forge is demonstrated when there are events running and not at other times.
An honest description would prevent disappointment.
On a positive note the staff in the cafe were welcoming and the food we ate was good.
Written 10 August 2021
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HorshamLass
Horsham, West Sussex90 contributions
Go visit NOW!
Jun 2021 • Friends
The nicest way to spend 4hrs is visiting the Priory. The gardens are genuinely some of the most beautiful we’ve seen. There are lots of benches available which on such a hot day made for a perfect excuse to sit, contemplate and enjoy the calm atmosphere that pervades the whole place, we are going back soon.

The cafe is a hidden gem with quality food served at sensible prices. The National Trust could learn a thing or two from this set-up! Oh by the way their homemade honeycomb fudge is the best I’ve ever tasted and rest assured I’ve tried lots hahaha.

The shop sells a few plants and some gifts plus the all important duck food.

All the staff were friendly and knowledgeable plus today they were hosting a wedding shoot and even they allowed me to ask questions, so sweet and can’t wait to see the piccies in a style magazine one day.
Written 21 July 2021
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Ken W
Burgess Hill, UK350 contributions
Lovely peaceful visit
Jul 2021
We arrived on a Monday morning and parked easily a short walk away from the entrance. After buying our tickets we only had to wait a few minutes before joining the 11:30am slot to view the house and had a nice time wandering around the 2 floors and various rooms. Although we didn’t buy a guide book, there was enough information around to give a good background to the history and use of the priory over the centuries, through to its use during WWII. The evacuee’s bedroom was closed due to COVID restrictions but we’d known about this in advance.

The grounds were lovely and the kitchen garden was certainly interesting. We felt that the moat could perhaps do with some clearing as it was looking very overgrown in places, but no doubt things have been challenging over the last year or so with lockdowns etc.

The cafe offered a fair selection and our sandwiches were nice. We sat outside in the sunshine with cups of tea, enjoying the ducks sitting by our feet…hopefully waiting for the odd crumb to fall.

Overall, a relaxing and enjoyable visit, which was helped by going on a dry, sunny day.
Written 10 July 2021
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Michelham Priory is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:30 - 17:00