Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum

England – 70 miles (113km) south of London Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum
Harveys Lane
near Halland
East Sussex BN8 5AF

Web language: English
TEL: +44 (0)1825 840573

This is a wildfowl bird sanctuary that includes a small car museum.

In peak season, open every day from 10:00 to 17:00, after which closed at 16:00 each open day.

Open: February 7th – 18th
Closed February 19th – March 3rd
March – open weekends until fully open from Friday March 30th 2018
Check website for the latest opening times.

A collection of cars, motorcycles and other vehicles spanning over 100 years of transport history from the early 1900s to more recent times. Many of the exhibits are privately owned which means the displays are regularly changed. There are over the 30 cars on display. The exhibits include sports cars from the beginning of the 20th century until the 1980s. The cars include: Armstrong Siddeley, Gordon Keeble, Aston Martin, Ferrari 308, Lotus Seven, Lotus Elan, Ford Sierra Cosworth, some Jaguars and a Bentley.

The house at Bentley was bought by Gerald and Mary Askew in 1937. Following World War II the couple developed the house and garden and started a wildfowl collection. Following the death of Gerald Askew in 1970, Mary gave the nucleus of the estate to the people of East Sussex. Mary continues to live in part of the house and the site was developed as a tourist attraction. In 2004 due to increasing running costs the East Sussex Council offered to sell the property back to the Askew family or it would sell the property on the open market. Fortunately, the Askews purchased the estate and placed it in the hands of a trust in order to ensure it remains open to the public for the foreseeable future.

In 1982 a Motor Museum was opened on the site. It is a collection of vehicles mostly owned by private individuals that are on loan to the museum.

There is a restaurant and tearoom, check website for opening times. The Bentley Miniature railway is situated in the grounds – check website for opening times.