Paradise Park

The Museums

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Planet Earth Museum

Embark on a journey through the remarkable life story of Planet Earth, from its earliest beginnings to the present day, at this extraordinary exhibition. This collection is widely considered to be one of the most exceptional of its kind in the country, featuring a unique assortment of fossils, minerals, and crystals, some dating back up to 500 million years.

The exhibition guides visitors through the process of Earth’s evolution, from the formation of the oldest rocks over 4 billion years ago to the still-forming youngest ones of today. 

Billions of years ago, single-celled organisms populated Planet Earth before multicellular life emerged, followed by animals with shells around 560 million years ago. Dinosaurs roamed the earth more than 200 million years ago, with the first dinosaur fossil being discovered in Sussex by Gideon Mantel in 1834. The dinosaur zone showcases what life may have been like in Sussex over 65 million years ago.

Discover the progress of human life through the centuries, beginning with early humans appearing in Europe approximately 60,000 years ago. The Neanderthal zone provides insight into life during this period, featuring a remarkable collection of Neanderthal tools, accurately reproduced from a recent archaeological dig.

Preserving the diversity of life is essential to our existence in modern times, and the conservation of life on Planet Earth is our greatest challenge. Learn how the exhibition highlights the importance of preserving life’s diversity to sustain the world’s natural balance, and its significance for our continued survival.

The Gardens

Sussex Heritage Trail

As you explore the Sussex Heritage Trail, you’ll find yourself immersed in the history and natural beauty of the region. The trail winds through the public gardens, showcasing a unique collection of handcrafted models of historic landmarks that have shaped Sussex’s rich and diverse past.

Each landmark is carefully crafted to reflect the intricacies and nuances of its historical significance, reminding visitors of the area’s unique heritage. Stroll along the pathways and pause at each model, taking in the stories and legends that have been woven into the fabric of Sussex’s history.

The Gardens

Newhaven Maritime Museum

The Newhaven Local and Maritime Museum is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the rich history and culture of this charming coastal town. This museum is home to a unique collection of exhibits that explore the archives, social history, and maritime heritage of the area.

Take a journey through time and discover the fascinating stories and secrets of Newhaven’s past. The museum’s extensive archives offer a glimpse into the lives of local residents, with an emphasis on their daily struggles and triumphs. Learn about the town’s evolution over the years and how its social and economic landscape has changed over time.

As you explore the maritime exhibits, you’ll be transported to a time when Newhaven was a bustling port town, teeming with activity and commerce. Discover the stories of the brave seafarers who sailed the treacherous waters of the English Channel, and the challenges they faced on their voyages. Marvel at the incredible feats of engineering that have enabled ships to navigate the waters and witness the evolution of maritime technology over time.

Entry is free to all Paradise Park Day Pass Holders during the museum’s opening hours

2023 Opening Hours (until 28th October):
Tue: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Wed: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Fri: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Sat: 11:00am – 4:00pm
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What People Say
About Paradise Park

Wow, what a wonderful place Paradise Park is!. Having been past this place so many times over the years without venturing in we finally went there last week. Cant speak highly enough, this is like the "Harrods" of the garden centre world, not just everything you would want for your garden but with attractions for the kids and a restaurant that is not only good value is immaculate well laid out and with extremely pleasant staff (which is a bit of a luxury these days) its brilliant and we will be back.

Mark Priest