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.

Please note the Redoubt Fortress is now closed for winter.

We will be open again 21 March - 13 November 2016. Join us to discover the secrets of the fortress!

What can you discover today?

Culture and Cake

How to survive the next Ice Age

Humans have tried and failed nine times to colonise Britain over the past million years, we are living as part of the 10th attempt. Find out how our ancestors survived the depths of ice ages in pre-history and what it might be like to live in a British landscape undergoing cooling. What would Eastbourne look like during the next Ice Age and how might you survive it?
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.

Incredible Events

Join us to discover the Redoubt stories and Eastbourne's astonishing history.

You can buy tickets for all our events and museum entry from the Tourist Information Centre!


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.
Images of the Redoubt Fortress attraction in Sussex

Did You Know?

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

Events Calendar

 November 2015>

21 March 2016 to 13 November 2016

Living on the Edge at Redoubt Fortress & Military MuseumMon 21 Mar - Sun 13 Nov 2016Living on the Edge: Eastbourne’s Prehistoric Mystery at The Pavilion is an immersive exhibition revealing the previously untold stories of Eastbourne’s internationally important Bronze Age discovery

21 March 2016 to 13 November 2016

Eastbourne Pals: The Sacrificial Lambs at Redoubt Fortress & Military MuseumMon 21 Mar - Sun 13 Nov 2016Be moved and inspired by the stories of ordinary Eastbourne men facing the horrors of the First World War in Eastbourne Pals: the Sacrificial Lambs, a new exhibition for 2016 at the Redoubt between 21st March and 13th November.

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