The Priest House stands in a traditional cottage garden. Greenery with pink flowers in front of the house.

The Priest House and Gardens

East Grinstead

The Priest House stands in a traditional cottage garden in the picturesque village of West Hoathly on the edge of Ashdown Forest.

The house was owned in turn by Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell, Anne of Cleves, Mary I and Elizabeth I. It is now furnished with 17th & 18th century country furniture and domestic objects collected by John Godwin-King, who gifted these and the house.

Over 170 culinary, medicinal & household herbs are planted in the garden. The resident curator gives fascinating tours of the house and garden upon request.

Admission Prices 

 Gift Aid*Standard
Child/Student (5-17)£3.30£3.00
Family (2 adults + up to 4 children)£15.00£16.50
Family (1 adult + up to 3 children)£9.90£9.00

The Priest House Opening Times

March to October
Tuesday to Saturday – 10.30am to 5.30pm
Sunday – 12pm to 5.30pm
Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays


Mobility and/or building
  • Wheel Chair Accessible venue
  • Exhibits Are Mostly At Wheelchair Height

There is 1 low step to enter the building
There is a button/bell to gain entry and it can be reached by a wheelchair user but the door would normally be left open
If you need assistance to gain entry please ask Custodian who lives on site and greets all visitors

Stairs have handrails 
The floors inside are smooth  
Most of the exhibits are at a suitable height for wheelchair users. 

The Priest House has no car park. Parking is available on street outside the house

We can offer access to a private area for families who need to carry out medical intervention

  • Wheelchair Access to Outdoor Areas
  • Paths

Part of our outside area is wheelchair accessible
The paths are York stone
Attractions are on stone / grass
The site is sloping

Hearing Assistance
  • Audio Description
Guide Dogs
  • Guide Dogs Welcome
Additional Services
  • Quiet Times
The Unexpected
  • There can be sudden loud noise

There are 3 clocks that strike on the hour

We have access to a quiet place if someone needs time out 

Offers & Events


The Priest House (Sussex Archaeological Society) North Lane West Hoathly
East Grinstead, RH19 4PP

This page was last updated on 12 Jul 2023