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.

Fenn Bell Inn Miniature Railway

St Mary Hoo, Allhallows, Rochester, Kent, ME3 8RF.
Tel: 01634 270 422.

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The railway is 7 1/4 inch gauge and consists of roughly a 400 yard running line in a loop, with a two platform terminus station called Fenn Street built…

Railways / Miniature Railways

Wight Military & Heritage Museum

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

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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

No.8 Clarence Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6EP.
Tel: 01983 280 310.

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Since 1992 it has been the Heritage Centre and tells the history of the town with displays, maps, models and photographs. The last 200 years is portrayed…

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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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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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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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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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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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 Reading, Berkshire, RG20 9QF.
Tel: 07778 136 727.

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A 20ft Simplex wind engine mounted on a 35ft tower alongside a small building which encloses a well. Used in the past for corn milling and pumping water.…

Other Sites of Interest / Agricultural

Bentley Motor Museum

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

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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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The box was closed in 1982 and has been preserved on its own dedicated site and restored to operational order. Visitors are encouraged to pull levers to…

Railways / Railway Museum

Aston Martin Heritage Trust Museum

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

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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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This little mill, recorded in 1616 but certainly very much older, was in use until 1963. Restored by volunteers and now maintained and run by Ford End…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock

Kennet Side, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3DS.
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

Waterperry Gardens Museum

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

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18th century granary building provides the perfect backdrop for the wide range of horticultural and agricultural tools, which give a flavour of life in…

Other Sites of Interest / Agricultural

Swinford Museum

Burford Road, Filkins, Lechlade, Oxfordshire, GL7 3JW.
Tel: 01367 860 504.

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Housed in a 17th century cottage, this fine collection of local domestic, agricultural, trade and craft tools provides a unique picture of a bygone rural…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Marlipins Local & Maritime Museum

36 High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5DA.
Tel: 01273 462 994.

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  • Part disabled access

Houses more than 2,500 exhibits reflecting the rich history of the area, its archaeology, maritime shipbuilding past, the two World Wars, and the Shoreham…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Robertsbridge Aviation Museum

Bush Barn, Silver Hill, Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5PA.
Tel: 01424 773 428.

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The collection was founded in 1973 and includes exhibits covering civil and military aviation, past and present. A number of cockpit sections are included.

Transport / Aircraft

Winchester City Mill

Bridge Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 0EJ.
Tel: 01962 870 057.

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  • Part disabled access

A rare surviving example of an urban working corn mill, it was rebuilt in 1744 and remained in use until the early 20th century. Having entered the care…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

River Wey & Godalming Navigations & Dapdune Wharf

Wharf Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4RR.
Tel: 01483 561 389.

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One of the first British rivers to be made navigable, and opened to in 1653. 15-mile waterway linked Guildford to Weybridge on the Thames, and then to…

Other Sites of Interest / Inland Waterways

Shalford Mill

Shalford, Nr Guildford, Surrey, GU4 8BS.
Tel: 01483 561 389.

18th-century watermill with well-preserved machinery. The mill is a ‘living’ place where the graffitied, lime-washed walls and the ancient hessian…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

South Foreland Lighthouse

The Front, St Margaret's Bay, Dover, Kent, CT15 6HP.
Tel: 01304 853 281.

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A landmark of the White Cliffs, the Victorian lighthouse was built to warn mariners of shifting sands and guide them through the Strait of Dover. A place…

Transport / Maritime

The Brickworks Museum

Swanwick Lane, Swanwick, Hampshire, SO31 7HB.
Tel: 01489 576 248.

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Be amazed at the authentic sights, sounds and smells of the last steam-driven Victorian brickworks in the UK. Make your own brick, get close to the massive…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

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