Redoubt Fortress Military Museum in Eastbourne, Sussex

Redoubt Fortress & Eastbourne Heritage Service

A Fortress in the heart of Eastbourne...

One of the South Coast's most historic landmarks, discover over 200 years of history at this Napoleonic Fortress, named one of the top ten military museums in the UK.

Built to defend the South Coast from Napoleon's forces it still stands as a unique monument to that time and now houses the largest military collection of its kind in the south of England, along with a vibrant events programme.

What can you discover today?

Summerdown Camp

Summerdown Camp - 16 March at The Pavilion

Summerdown Camp was the largest convalescent camp during the First World War in the United Kingdom, nestled next to the downs in Eastbourne. Discover the inspiring stories of brave soldiers and valiant women as well as the pioneering medical treatments carried out. 

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Read our newsletter for all the latest news on the Redoubt, Eastbourne Ancestors, archaeological digs, volunteering opportunities and much more from the Eastbourne Museums service. 


Free Entry to the Fortress

Royal Sussex Regiment drums

Entry to the parade ground, gun platform, gift shop and vintage cafe is completely FREE! Admission charged only on entry to the museum, with one free return visit included with every ticket!


The Outpost - Vintage Themed Café

The Outpost vintage cafe

Pop in for a Corporal Croissant or Bombardier Brownie with your Colonel Coffee in this fabulous vintage themed café. FREE entry to all - pop in during your seafront stroll! 


Fun For the Kids

Family attractions in SussexFrom dressing up in authentic uniforms, to cannon ball lifting, button making, braiding and family events, there is plenty to keep the kids entertained, including a children's resource room and museum trail.
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Did You Know?

The Redoubt was named a hidden National Treasure by the BBC National Treasures Live website.

Events Calendar

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31 March 2015 to 31 March 2015

Carry On Curator - "Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!" at Redoubt Fortress & Military MuseumTue 31 Mar 2015Join the Redoubt's collection curator Damian Etherington with a series of interactive talks - Carry On Curator!

16 March 2015 to 15 November 2015

Treasure at Redoubt Fortress & Military MuseumMon 16 Mar - Sun 15 Nov 2015Discover rare and wonderful objects in the Treasure exhibition, funded by the Arts Council.

Hands on History
Kids in Museums
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