museums and attractions

Attractions in South and South East

The South & South East region contains a large number of heritage museums, railways and attractions over a wide area from Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire to Hampshire and across Berkshire and Surrey, East and West Sussex to Kent.

This area includes popular attractions such as the Bluebell, Isle of Wight and Kent and East Sussex steam heritage railways to Agricultural and working museums and key canal routes and museums.

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions the South and South East region including Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, East Sussex, West Sussex, Isle of Wight and Surrey.

Chipping Norton Museum

4 High Street, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 5AD.
Tel: 01608 641 712.

The museum houses a large collection of artefacts related to Chipping Norton and its activities.

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Argos Hill Windmill

Windmill Hill, Argos Hill, Mayfield, East Sussex, TN6 3QF.
Tel: 0000.

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Argos Hill windmill is a Grade 2* Listed building dating from 1835. It is located on top of Argos Hill, near Mayfield, Sussex, and is one of only 50 post…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Blue Town Heritage Centre

69 High Street, Blue Town, Sheerness-on-Sea, Kent, ME12 1RW.
Tel: 01795 662 981.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The centre is jam packed with items, memorabilia and arefacts of the amazing feats of history of the island.

Transport / Maritime

Eastchurch Aviation Museum

Wright’s Way off Brabazon Road, HMP Standford Hill, Eastchurch, Kent, ME12 4AA.
Tel: 07450 621 217​.

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  • Part disabled access

The museum is about preserving and maintaining the rich history of aviation on the Isle of Sheppey.

Transport / Aircraft

Crabble Corn Mill

Lower Road, River, Dover, Kent, CT17 0UY.
Tel: 01304 823 292.

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  • Part disabled access

The mill is a working museum and as such shows Georgian and Victorian engineering excellence at work using one of natures most powerful forces – water,…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Time Ball Tower Museum

Victoria Parade, Deal, Kent, CT14 7BP.
Tel: 01304 362 444.

  • Souvenir Shop

The museum is over four floors with displays of maritime artefacts, but most importantly on the roof is the Timeball which was used in the past to help…

Transport / Maritime

Deal Maritime & Local History Museum

22 St Georges Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 6BA.
Tel: 01304 372 098.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The displays portray the changing history of Deal, Walmer and the surrounding area and it is packed to the rafters with fascinating glimpses into the past.

Transport / Maritime

Union Mill

The Hill, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 3AH.
Tel: 01580 714 557.

  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Standing at the highest point overlooking the historic Wealden town of Cranbrook and maintained in working order, this Grade 1 Listed building is the tallest…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Redbourn Museum

Silk Mill House,, The Common, Redbourn, Hertfordshire, AL3 7NB.
Tel: 01582 793 397.

Located on the site of a former steam powered silk mill and later an enormous Brooke Bond tea packing factory, Redbourn Village Museum explores the history…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Wight Military & Heritage Museum

Northwood Camp, 490 Newport Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 8QU.
Tel: 01983 632 039.

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  • Part disabled access

The museum holds an interesting mix of tanks, artefacts, other vehicles, small arms and a range of uniforms from the start of the 20th century to the present…

Other Sites of Interest / Military

East Cowes Heritage Centre

8 Clarence Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6EP.
Tel: 01983 280 310.

  • Part disabled access

Tells the history of the town with displays, maps, models and photographs. Trace the development of the LIFU steam vehicle factory, as well as shipbuilding.…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park

Off Bysing Wood Road, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7UD.
Tel: 03000 422 997.

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  • Part disabled access

Once one of the main gunpowder factories in the South East, the park is one of the best places to discover history of gunpowder manufacturing in a tranquil…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial / Open Access

Aldershot Military Museum

Queens Avenue, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 2LG.
Tel: 01252 314 598.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Housed in the only surviving brick-built barrack blocks left in Aldershot, the museum tells the story of daily life for both soldier and civilian since…

Other Sites of Interest / Military

Windmill Hill Windmill

Windmill Hill, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 4RT.
Tel: 01323 833 033.

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  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Restored working windmill. The largest and second tallest post mill in the country at 15.5 metres.

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Littlehampton Miniature Railway

Mewsbrook Park Station, Hendon Avenue, Littlehampton, West Sussex, .
Tel: 07436 562 933.

The railway runs along the seafront between Norfolk Gardens and Mewsbrook Park. The railway is operated by the Littlehampton Heritage Railway Association…

Railways / Miniature Railways

Museum of Gardening

South Downs Heritage Centre, South Downs Nurseries, Brighton Road, Hassocks, East Sussex, BN6 9LY .
Tel: 01273 847 707.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

This new museum is devoted to vintage lawnmowers and old tools to do with the upkeep of gardening. The charity is dedicated to Edwin Beard Budding, a much…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Gatwick Aviation Museum

Vallance By-Ways, Lowfield Heath Road, Charlwood, Surrey, RH6 0BT.
Tel: 01293 862 417.

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  • Full disabled access

A unique collection of British aircraft from the 'golden age' of British aircraft manufacture. From the end of WWII until the 1970s, British aircraft designers…

Transport / Aircraft

Crux Easton Wind Engine

Crux Easton, Nr Hurstbourne Tarrant, Berkshire, RG20 9QF.
Tel: 07778 136 727.

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A 20ft Simplex wind engine mounted on a 35ft tower which has been extensively restored, alongside a small building which encloses a well. Used in the past…

Other Sites of Interest / Agricultural

Bentley Motor Museum

Harveys Lane, Nr Halland, East Sussex, BN8 5AF.
Tel: 01825 840 573.

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  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

A unique collection of cars, motorcycles, cycles and vehicles, which span over 100 years of road transport history. Most of the exhibits are privately…

Transport / Road

Romsey Signal Box

Brick Lane, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 8LG.
Tel: 01794 500 523.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The signal box was built around 1865 and is a working museum which gives an insight into the life of a railway signalman. Visitors of all ages can get…

Railways / Railway Museum

Aston Martin Heritage Trust Museum

Dorchester Road, Drayton St Leonard, Oxfordshire, OX10 7BG.
Tel: 01865 400 414.

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  • Part disabled access

Dedicated to preserving and interpreting the significant historic heritage of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. The car collection is Aston Martin's living heritage,…

Transport / Road

Ford End Watermill

Station Road, Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire, LU7 9EA.
Tel: 01442 825 421.

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  • Part disabled access

This little mill, recorded in 1616 but certainly very much older, was in use until 1963. It is the only remaining working watermill in the county with…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock

Kennet Side, Kenavon Drive, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3DH.
Tel: 0118 937 3400.

Telling the story of Reading's two rivers – the Kennet and the Thames – the museum occupies two former industrial buildings, the Screen House and the…

Other Sites of Interest / Inland Waterways

Museum of Rural Life

Waterperry Gardens, Nr. Wheatley, Oxfordshire, OX33 1LA.
Tel: 01844 339 254.

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  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The gardens include an 18th century granary building provides the perfect backdrop for the wide range of horticultural and agricultural tools, which give…

Other Sites of Interest / Agricultural

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