Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum

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




Main museum number

01323 410300

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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, Heritage site, Castle or defences, Archaeological site

Opening hours

1 April 2014 - 16 November 2014

Open Monday - Sunday 10am - 5pm.

Admission charges

Adult - £4.50
Over 60 - £3.25
Child - £2.50
Student - £3.25
Concessions available for groups of 10+
Free entrance to gun platform, parade ground and The Outpost Cafe.
Admission charge payable for museum.


  • 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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Edmund Blunden

Edmund Blunden - Undertones of War

  • 14 June — 16 November 2014 *on now

The Redoubt's main exhibition of Royal Sussex soldier and war poet Edmund Blunden, looking at original hand-written poems sent back from the front and items belonging Edmund Blunden.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£3.25 concessions
£2.50 children
£12 Family ticket (Up to five people)

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.
photogrpah of australian imperial force on the western front

Redoubt Military History Series: A Tolerating of Mysteries

  • 1 November 2014 2-4pm

The Battle of Fromelles was the worst ever military disaster in Australian history. In one night, Australian soldiers suffered casualties equivalent to the total toll of the Boer War, Korean War and Vietnam War combined. This relatively unknown story was bought to the fore in 2010 with the opening of the first new Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery since the Second World War. Historian Peter Barton played a crucial role in identifying the location of the missing and discusses this topic in more detail discussing what the German archives can teach us.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£12.00 / £10.00 concessions. Ticket price includes entry to the museum, plus tea and coffee during the lecture.