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Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum

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Address: Harveys Lane, Lewes BN8 5AF, England
Phone Number: +44 1825 840573
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10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum

Attractions include:

Wildfowl collection of...

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum

Attractions include:

Wildfowl collection of birds representing around 140 species from around the world.

Motor Museum with a variety of vintage, classic and collectable cars

Tearooms (under new management)

Miniature Railway

Events

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Great Day Out

We had a great day out at Bentley. There is something for everyone. The motor museum was very interesting, cars and motorbikes from vintage to almost present day. The wildfowl... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Alison W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great day out at Bentley. There is something for everyone. The motor museum was very interesting, cars and motorbikes from vintage to almost present day. The wildfowl reserve made a pleasant walk even if it does need a bit of tlc and the miniature steam railway was good fun even for us big kids! There is also... More 

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Thank Alison W
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were camping at nearby Embers Bentley and decided to have our evening meal at the Tea Rooms as we were unable to cook due to the bad weather. As a large group of 17 we were welcomed by the lovely staff and ordered from the specials board a little later than their usual hours (by previous agreement) as they... More 

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Thank BucksMummy
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A fascinating day out. We started by feeding the wildfowl followed by lunch in the cafe The rolls were excellent but enormous, service slow but everything is freshly made. We then had a train ride alighted in the woods and the children were fascinated to watch older children at climbing centre, back on the train to the adventure playground run... More 

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Nelliekay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went here with family including children of differing ages. They all thoroughly enjoyed the day plenty of things to keep them happy. Birds, small playground, train ( extra low charge) and plenty of room to run round. We had lunch in the café, not particularly cheap but tasty and good quality and good variety of children's meals. Will definitely be... More 

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Thank Nelliekay
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a very pleasant visit to Bentley wildfowl park. The motor museum is well worth a visit, beautifully laid out and the exhibits are well cared for. Then we had a ride on the miniature railway. Although it is an extra pound to travel on it is well worth it. The trains, some steam some electric, take you around... More 

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Thank Brian M
kent uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to Bentley as part of car club . Had separate parking 70 cars turned up . Had a fantastic breakfast full English very tasty reasonably priced . Then strolled round wildlife centre which consisted of various duck and geese species

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Thank denise p
Hassocks, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Have always loved this place but the house exterior and gardens look poorly kept . The wildfowl enclosures look shabby information boards faded has looked much better. Dead bird In enclosure lots of overgrown areas . The cafe was good food pleasent service. Appears to need an injection of money and vision .

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Thank Haleellie
Events M, Manager at Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum, responded to this review

Dear Haleellie, A dead bird should be reported to our staff at the time. We inspect and note injuries etc twice a day. The habitat for the birds should be overgrown and not manicured or too much like a zoo. Hence many of the birds in the open and on the paths. We work very hard with the income available... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went with friends to escape the air show in Eastbourne. We thought we would see other flying things. First stop the craft rooms. They were lovely and clean with lots of interesting items. The woodwork was amazing and lots of things available. Some were reasonably priced. The needlework section was beautiful too. Next the tearooms. Busy but clean, reasonably... More 

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Events M, Manager at Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum, responded to this review

Dear Misty55Gravesend, Thank you for your review. Just to let you know that the signage is being replaced in the wildfowl reserve with new signs and information boards. Not surprisingly these fade fairly quickly and have to be regularly replaced..... More 

Horsted Keynes, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on Sunday August 8th with friends Fowl area appeared tired and unkept, the flamingoes were hardly visible and it's not possible to get nearer to them, their inside sleeping shed was rundown and grubby The house was closed without explanation The grounds although mowed looked scruffy The motor museum was a treat worth a look and well presented The... More 

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Thank Sue M
Events M, Manager at Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum, responded to this review

Dear Sue M, Please do take time to look at how many people thoroughly enjoy their visit to Bentley and why. We love constructive criticism but..... As you can see, most of our visitors concentrate on enjoying their visit rather than studying the standard of lawn mowing! We are not run by English Heritage or the National Trust and we're... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Still trying to work out how the entrance fee of £8.00 can be justified. I should have been worried when I was told at the ticket desk that there were no maps as they were being printed. The highlight was the collection of vintage vehicles which were very well displayed. As for the rest, well the house was locked, the... More 

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Thank Mike J
Events M, Manager at Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum, responded to this review

Dear Mike, I'm delighted to see that our other visitors really enjoy visiting Bentley. You clearly didn't. A few pointers....We do have maps to show our visitors where to go, and we're producing new identification charts for the reserve. Our information boards are being installed over the next few weeks to give our visitors an insight in to all the... More 

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