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?

Military Museum in England

The biggest military collection in the South East!

From the Charge of the Light Brigade to WWI & II and modern day warfare, discover the fascinating history of the Royal Sussex Regiment, Queen's Hussars and Sussex Combined Services collections.
Redoubt Fortress Military Museum in Sussex

Discover life as a Napoleonic soldier

Explore the fortress, with free entry to the parade ground and gun platform.
Kids Workshops at Redoubt Fortress

Kids Workshop: 5 August

'Making Masterpieces' - Try out a range of techniques inspired by the portraits in the Redoubt’s portrait collection.
Gladiatorial Games at the Redoubt Fortress

Eastbourne Ancestors presents...Murderous Games: 6 - 7 Sept

Gladiatorial combat and Roman Soldiers step out of the mists of time to take over the Redoubt in celebration of our Ancestors exhibition. Experience a Roman gladiatorial arena at the Redoubt and witness full combat. Demonstrations of gladiatorial training.

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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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06 September 2014 to 07 September 2014

Eastbourne Ancestors Presents...Murderous Games at Redoubt Fortress & Military MuseumSat 6 - Sun 7 Sep 2014Gladiatorial combat and Roman Soldiers step out of the mists of time to take over the Redoubt in celebration of our Ancestors exhibition.

12 September 2014 to 14 September 2014

Remember... The Great War at Redoubt Fortress & Military MuseumFri 12 - Sun 14 Sep 2014Major event involving pupils from schools from all over Eastbourne – music, spoken word and choirs will be telling the story of the First World War in a performance in aid of the Redoubt Canon Appeal and the Army Benevolent Fund.

26 September 2014 to 26 September 2014

Film Screening - The Cabinet of Dr Caligari at Redoubt Fortress & Military MuseumFri 26 Sep 2014See one of the finest examples of German Expressionism in film with The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920) accompanied by a live soundtrack, brought to you by Brighton-based band Partial Facsimile.

01 February 2014 to 16 November 2014

Eastbourne Ancestors in The Pavilion at Redoubt Fortress & Military MuseumSat 1 Feb - Sun 16 Nov 2014This ground-breaking exhibition follows the biggest project of its kind, which saw scientific analysis of human remains dating back to the Bronze Age.

14 June 2014 to 16 November 2014

Edmund Blunden - Undertones of War at Redoubt Fortress & Military MuseumSat 14 Jun - Sun 16 Nov 2014In commemoration of the outbreak of World War I, the Redoubt will explore the WWI poet Edmund Blunden in this fascinating exhibition.

01 April 2014 to 16 November 2014

McGill's War - A Collection of Humorous Postcards at Redoubt Fortress & Military MuseumTue 1 Apr - Sun 16 Nov 2014Donald Fraser Gould McGill (28 January 1875 – 13 October 1962) was an English graphic artist whose name has become synonymous with a whole genre of saucy seaside postcards that were sold mostly in small shops in British coastal towns.

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