Welcome to the museum!

The Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House* and Gardens are open for the season from Saturday 10th February – Sunday 3rd November at weekends and bank holidays.

Your visit includes:

Free guided tours inside the museum and Quex House*

Entrance to the museum, Quex House and Gardens

Free hire of backpack buddies for young visitors

Free hire of SEND backpacks for visitors with additional needs

A programme of special events throughout the year (please note these may incur a higher admission charge)

*Please note that entrance to Quex House will be by guided tour only. Tour times will be published on the day. Please email enquiries@powell-cottonmuseum.org to check if tours will be available on the day you plan to visit.


We are delighted that Quex Weddings and Events operates at the museum. Occasionally, weddings may privately hire Quex House for their big day. We can confirm the upcoming dates are:

Saturday 3rd August

Accessibility Guide

We are committed to continuous improvement of access for all at our museum. Our guide is available through the link below. If you have any questions, please contact us on enquiries@powell-cottonmuseum.org and we will be happy to assist you in planning your visit.

Accessibility Guide

Planned roof replacement works begin July 2024

We are pleased to share that we have secured funding to replace the museum roof and address maintenance backlogs. This important work will begin in mid-July. We're planning carefully to minimise any impact on your visit, but there will be some risks to visitors and museum objects we have to prepare for. Phase one will focus on the roofs above the natural history galleries and the floors in galleries 2 and 3. To prepare, objects will be removed from displays, and the natural history dioramas will be covered to protect them from vibration. We aim to keep all world culture galleries open and enrich your visit with additional activities. If you wish to see the natural history dioramas, we recommend visiting in June. Visits to Quex House and Gardens will continue throughout the works. We deeply appreciate your support and understanding. If you have any concerns, please email us at enquiries@powell-cottonmuseum.org.

Opening Times

Our 2024 season open days

10th Feb – 31st March, 11 am – 3 pm, weekends and bank holidays

1st April – 31st August, 11 am – 4 pm, weekends and bank holidays

1st September –  3rd November, 11 am – 3 pm, weekends and bank holidays


How do I buy tickets?

You can pre-book your visit online here.

We advise pre-booking online wherever possible to guarantee your chosen visit date.

Group Bookings: Please see our group visits page.

School Bookings: Please see our school visits page under ‘learning’.

How to get to us

You can get to us by car, bus and train and taxi.

There are no buses passing Quex Park. The walk from Birchington village is level and there are no hills or slopes. The bus stop is 0.7 miles / 1.1 km from Powell-Cotton Museum, House and Gardens.

The nearest train station is Birchington-on-Sea. The train station is 1 miles / 1.6 km from Powell-Cotton Museum, House and Gardens.

You can get a taxi with Central Cars who offer an accessible taxi service. Please call in advance by calling (01843) 88 88 88. They have a wheelchair-accessible vehicle on request.

We have teamed up with Good Journey to encourage car-free days out. We’re offering kids to visit free with each full-paying adult, when they show a valid train or bus ticket or bike helmet. (Up to two free children with each adult).

The Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens, Quex Park, Birchington, Kent, CT7 0BH.

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We have a car park adjacent to the main museum building entrance. The parking is less than 50 metres from the main entrance. Parking is free and there are three accessible parking spaces.

There is a drop-off point with a dropped curb at the main entrance. From the car park to the entrance, there is level access. The route is a minimum of 1500mm wide.


Our full accessibility guide is available in the link above.

Our gardens have concrete pathways however tree roots have made them bumpy in places and moss can make them slippery. Please take care whilst walking in the gardens. We have a full accessibility statement available

If you have a suggestion on how we can improve accessibility, please contact us enquiries@powell-cottonmuseum.org

Dogs and Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs only are allowed in the museum, house and gardens. If your assistance dog is thirsty we will provide water, please just ask a member of staff.


Male, female, gender-neutral and accessible toilets are available in the main museum building.

Eating and Drinking

You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the gardens. Please take your rubbish home with you.

Our gift shop stocks delicious ice cream and cold drinks.

Felicity’s cafe is situated at the front of the museum. They serve breakfasts, lunches, desserts and delicious afternoon tea’s. All their cakes are freshly baked on site. For more information and to book please visit https://felicityscafeatquex.co.uk/ or call 01843 482004. Indoor and outdoor seating available, pre-booking is advised.

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