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: 15 April

'Making Masterpieces' - Try out a range of techniques inspired by the portraits in the Redoubt’s portrait collection.
Curator's Walk & Talk at the Redoubt Fortress

Curator's Walk & Talk: 23 April

Join the Redoubt's history curator on this exploration of some of the exhibits in the museum. 

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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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23 April 2014 to 23 April 2014

Curator's Walk & Talk at Redoubt Fortress & Military MuseumWed 23 Apr 2014Join the Redoubt's history curator on this exploration of some of the exhibits in the museum. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions and discover more about the 200 year old fortress.

26 April 2014 to 26 April 2014

Ghost Hunt with Sussex Darkside at Redoubt Fortress & Military MuseumSat 26 Apr 2014As with our Ghost walks, Sussex Darkside has its own style, when it comes to Ghost Hunts. We don’t use Occult items, such a Ouija boards as to be honest there is no proof that they actually work!

01 April 2014 to 01 June 2014

Behind the Portrait at Redoubt Fortress & Military MuseumTue 1 Apr - Sun 1 Jun 2014Discover the hidden stories of the Redoubt's portrait collection at this new art exhibition in the military museum.

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.

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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