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“Michelham Priory”
Review of Michelham Priory

Michelham Priory
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 4, 2018

Beautiful place especially in the Summer. The grounds are gorgeous. The staff are friendly and very informative. If you love the Tudor era it's the place to be.

Thank Lin H
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"bronze age"
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"cafe menu"
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"gardens are beautiful"
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"children's playground"
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"well worth a visit"
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"scones"
in 14 reviews
"dressing up clothes"
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"henry viii"
in 7 reviews
"relaxing place to visit"
in 3 reviews
"peace and tranquility"
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"historic house"
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"great barn"
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"group visit"
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"water mill"
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"kitchen garden"
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"old england"
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"lovely visit"
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Reviewed March 21, 2018 via mobile

It was a really cold day but we had been indoors for a few days and needed to get out. We hadn't been to the Priory before and thought it would be a great opportunity while it was quiet. The gatehouse is impressive and that is where your adventure will begin, climb the tower on the inside of course. Two sets of stairs one slightly easier than the other. Move to the main building but enter via the big oak door down the slope or stairs. Now explore the history of the building and there is a lot of it. Once you have exhausted that over the two main floors move outside to the working forge. You will be entertained by a professional smithy. By now you are probably getting a bit peckish so head towards the cafe. A really spacious cafe with a fair selection of food and drinks. All at reasonable prices. The entrance is reasonable for this type of property but cheaper than day rates to National Trust properties. Parking is free. The staff are friendly and very helpful informing you of the benefits of visiting at different times of the year. Would we go again? Most certainly with our own guests.

1  Thank Brian C
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Reviewed March 11, 2018

Our first visit to Michelham Priory on a very wet afternoon in February. There were several volunteers in the Priory who were very knowledgeable and explained its history which was very interesting.

Thank Jackiemmm
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Reviewed February 18, 2018

Visited here as was looking for something to do on a wet afternoon, glad we did as it was a wonderful place, you could actually touch the exhibits which made a nice change when visiting an historic building. The volunteer we spoke to really knew the history of the building and was able to spend time with us to explain the building's history. The watermill was closed when we visited.
We had a snack in the café which was clean but a bit lacking in atmosphere.
Would not need to go back as everything was explained and showed to us.

1  Thank Margaret2
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Reviewed December 12, 2017

First visit to this House. Beautiful setting and wonderful old building. Lots of history.
House was decorated for Christmas and lots of activities. House guides were very interesting and helpful. Even Carol Singing which we joined in with - great fun.
Cafe very good and food excellent. Lots to see and do. Spent a most enjoyable day.
Will return in the summer when the weather is warmer.

Thank Susan G
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