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Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum

4 star Rating 4/5 (1 review)

Lewes, East Sussex, England

Attraction Information

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Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum has a range of activity and worksheets available for children. Their Education Room has information about the wildfowl and there is a woodland trail to follow with information boards about the trees, wildlife and ancient buildings.

As well as the birds on the reserve we also have rabbits, Kune Kune pigs and lambs in the spring.

Whether you want to play in the willow explore the play area, ride on the train or play hide and seek in the woods, whatever the weather there is always something fun to do and families are welcome to picnic on the picnic tables near the play area.


  • Restaurant Onsite Restaurant Onsite
  • Onsite Shop Onsite Shop
  • Snacks Available Snacks Available
  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available

Getting There and Contact Information


Halland, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 5AF, England


Click here to visit Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum's website
01825 840573

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00


General Admission
Adults: £9.00
Kids: £6.00
Seniors: £7.00
Family: £28.00


A delightfully eccentric day out

4 star Rating 4 / 5

Written by James, Lynne and Jacob . 22.07.17

A great value and eccentric day out. Included in the admission price is entry to the Glyndebourne Wood, with its recreations of ancient wattle-and-daub houses and shelters; the gardens (and sometimes the interior) of the Bentley house; the motor museum and the wildfowl centre. All areas of the attraction are connected by the Bentley Miniature Railway, which is maintained and operated by volunteers, including some elderly chaps who actually used to work on full-size steam trains on the rail network back in the 1960s. It is an additional cost (currently £1 per head, free for under 3s) but well worth it … the entire circuit takes about 20 minutes. And you can hop on and off at your pleasure. The wood is a pleasant stroll. There is a "Go Ape"-style concession there (NOT actually a Go Ape, but a similar premise) which is also an additional cost. At the entry to the woods is a small playground for the under-12s and picnic tables, if you've brought a packed lunch. In the main courtyard you'll find the café which is well stocked, licensed and does surprisingly good grub for a place with a captive audience. You may also find miniature ponies trotting around. The motor museum has a few permanent exhibits but most cars are actually on loan from their owners, so there's a constant rotation of cars. Highlights of our visit were a Lagonda Rapide, a Benetton F1 car and a Gordon Keeble GT (one of only 100 ever built). The wildfowl centre is really something. Don't forget to buy a bag of seed before you visit. Nearly every species of wildfowl in the world is present here. There are several types of swan but not the Mute Swans you tend to see on lakes (too common).

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Lewes, East Sussex, England

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