Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum

Redoubt Parade Ground
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For nearly 200 years, the Redoubt Fortress has defended the Eastbourne coast. Formerly a barracks and store depot, it formed part of the chain of Martello Towers which stretched from Folkstone to Seaford.

Today this magnificent building provides the perfect setting for the largest military museum on the south coast. The museum holds the Regimental Collections of The Royal Sussex and The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars and also the Sussex Combined Services.

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences

Opening hours

16 March to 15 November 2015.

Admission charges

Adult £4.50
Senior/Student £3.25
Child £2.50
Family (up to 5 people) £12*
*must include 1 child under 16


  • Museums Association

Additional info

Free on-street and Pay & Display parking available nearby. Disabled parking bays on Royal Parade. A platform stairclimber suitable for most manual wheelchairs is avaible for access to the museum - please phone to book.

The museum consists of several collections, primarily those of two distinguished regiments of the British Army, The Royal Sussex Regiment and The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars. The other major collection is that of the Sussex Combined Services Museum, which records all military ties with the county.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Coins and Medals, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Costume and Textiles, Photography, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Royal Sussex Regiment
  • The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars
  • The Sussex Combined Services Collection
  • Eastbournes Home Front
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Picture of the original Alien film poster

Films at the Fortress: Alien

  • 13 May 2016 7-10pm

In Space, no one can hear you scream... nor can they at the Redoubt...

Watch the 1979 film Alien in the unique setting of one of the Redoubt's historic casemates.

The commercial vessel Nostromo receives a distress call from an unexplored planet. After searching for survivors, the crew heads home only to realize that a deadly bioform has joined them

Doors open 7pm
Film starts 7:30pm

Outpost Cafe open 7pm - 10pm for drinks and popcorn!

Suitable for

  • 18+


£6 per adult


Original film poster of 'The Mummy'

Films at the Fortress: The Mummy

  • 14 May 2016 6:30-10pm

Join us for a unique film screening of Hammer Horror's 'The Mummy' (1959) in one of the Redoubt's historic casemates.

A talk on Egyptian Curses with Suzannah Musson, renowned Egyptologist at 7pm will set us up for the film screening at 7:30pm

In Victorian England, an Egyptian mummy exacts its grisly revenge. Classic Hammer Horror film starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Yvonne Furneaux

Outpost Cafe open 6.30pm - 10pm for drinks and popcorn!

Suitable for

  • 18+


£6 per adult


Original film poster

Films at the Fortress: One of our Dinosaurs is Missing

  • 15 May 2016 1:30-4pm

Join us for a family fun film screening at the Fortress as part of Museums at Night.

Watch the classic comedy caper set in London's National History Museum. Plus, make your own fossils and be transformed into a dinosaur before the film!

Outpost Cafe open for drinks, snacks and popcorn!

Activities start at 1:30pm
Film starts at 2:30pm

Suitable for

  • Any age


£4 per adult
£6 per child


Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum
Royal Parade
East Sussex
BN22 7AQ




01323 410300

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