The Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House* and Gardens is open for the season from Saturday 12th February – 30th October at weekends and bank holidays. We’re excited to offer a new visitor experience which includes:


  • Standard entrance fee of £2.50 for all ages
  • Free guided tours inside the museum and Quex House*
  • 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. We anticipate regular closures for private wedding hire this year. Please email if you want to check if tours will be available on the day you plan to visit.

Upcoming House Closures

Quex House tours will not be available on the following dates over the next few months due to private wedding hire:

  • Saturday 10th September
  • Saturday 1st October

We continue to work on our ‘Reimagining’ programme. This means we’ll be asking for your feedback and ideas on our interpretation projects to make sure we are sharing the information that interests our visitors the most! We may also have some building repairs ongoing but we will make every effort to ensure this is not disruptive to our visitors.


Part of our opening is about providing opportunities for all our different audiences to have their experience of the Powell-Cotton in the way which works best for them. We can’t wait to welcome you back to the museum!

Opening Times

We are open from Saturday 12th February – Sunday 30th October at weekends and bank holidays. Opening times may vary on event days or bank holidays so please check before visiting.

February/March 11-3pm

April/May/June/July/August 11-4pm

September/October 11-3pm

How do I buy tickets?

You can pre-book your visit online here.

Tickets will be available to purchase in person, on the day depending on capacity guidance and restrictions. 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’.

Your safety during COVID

The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our top priority. For this reason, we ask all visitors to observe the following:

We encourage the wearing of face-coverings, particularly on busy days however we understand this is a personal choice

If you are feeling unwell, please do not visit. Follow NHS guidance. We will provide refunds to those who cannot re-book for another date

Please respect the personal space of those around you. We want everyone to feel safe and comfortable during their visit.

We have thorough cleaning regimes in place. If you spot something that needs attention, please report it to a member of staff

We will continue to follow all government guidelines and will update visitor information regularly


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 accessibility statement is available here

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


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

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.

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 or call 01843 482004. Indoor and outdoor seating available, pre-booking is advised.

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.

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

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