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 exhibition - 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. 

Explore the Fortress

Explore the Fortress

Discover the mysteries of Firepower and Fortification at 11am and the secrets of the Lockup & Latrines 2.30pm every Tuesday and Wednesday. Daily tours of the Redoubt also at 11am & 2.30pm.

HLF Success

The Redoubt Fortress has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the ‘Redoubt – Unlocking the Story of Eastbourne’ project! Have your say on what you want to see...


Free Entry to the Fortress Grounds

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, 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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21 September 2015 to 27 September 2015

Fortress Film Festival at Redoubt Fortress & Military MuseumMon 21 - Sun 27 Sep 2015The Redoubt is hosting its first ever Fortress Film Festival! Join us for a celebration of movie 'monsters' with a whole week of cult classics!

12 September 2015 to 12 September 2015

Tommy's War with Richard van Emden at Redoubt Fortress & Military MuseumSat 12 Sep 2015Popular historian Richard Van Emden returns with stories from his latest work - what life was like for the ordinary soldier, what mattered to him, and how he survived, both physically and mentally told through the words of soldiers.

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.

10 September 2015 to 13 September 2015

Heritage Open Days at the Redoubt at Redoubt Fortress & Military MuseumThu 10 - Sun 13 Sep 2015 Explore the Fortress and discover the stories of Eastbourne's unique Georgian building through tours at 11am and 2.30pm

12 September 2015 to 12 September 2015

Heritage Open Days at Summerdown Camp Exhibition at Redoubt Fortress & Military MuseumSat 12 Sep 2015Uncover tales of the ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances in Eastbourne during the First World War

12 September 2015 to 13 September 2015

Heritage Open Days at Motcombe Dovecote at Redoubt Fortress & Military MuseumSat 12 - Sun 13 Sep 2015Discover the stories of Rats, Ruins and the Regeneration of this incredible historic building between 2pm and 5pm

05 September 2015 to 05 September 2015

Waterloo 200 at Redoubt Fortress & Military MuseumSat 5 Sep 2015Commemorating 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo, the Redoubt is proud to present an evening of music and history, bringing alive the period from Trafalgar to Waterloo culminating in the 1812 Overture.

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