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Weald & Downland Living Museum

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Address: Town Lane, Singleton, Chichester PO18 0EU, England
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+44 1243 811363
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10:30 - 16:00
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Mon - Tue 10:30 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Discover the lives of our ancestors - ordinary working people. Discover...

Discover the lives of our ancestors - ordinary working people. Discover their homes and the way they built them; their crops, flowers and the way they grew them; their animals and the way they raised them. Explore the Museum's farmsteads, village, Tudor kitchen, working watermill and superb collection of rescued buildings set in the glorious Sussex Downland landscape.

Walk in the woods, bring the dog, visit the lakeside cafe, or bring a picnic and choose your perfect spot by the millpond or under a beech tree.

Children are free to run, play and learn. You'll experience six centuries of our rural heritage and a great day out.

Why not try a special event day? These are packed with entertainment for all of the family and inspired by the life and times reflected at the Museum.

Need a new hobby or a new skill which might change your career? Then we have a course for you!

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Excellent place for the whole family (Including dogs)

Visited here in October half term with children aged 12 years and 4 years old. Also our small breed dog! Everyone was very friendly and both the children found the houses and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited here in October half term with children aged 12 years and 4 years old. Also our small breed dog! Everyone was very friendly and both the children found the houses and activities very interesting! I tried mead for the first time and it was yummy! We all went on the horse and trailer rider and it was reasonably priced!... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Walk through the passage of time: Exceptional reconstruction of original features and period architectures spanning a wide range of history and providing lots of activities for children.They can develop practical skills and feel the reality of historic features and way of life in the different times.Many of the buildings are reconstructions from early villages and towns, that are put together... More 

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WealdDownlandMuseum, Guest Relations Manager at Weald & Downland Living Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of our Museum. You rated us 1 star (out of a potential 5) which is "Terrible" - may I ask what we can do to improve your experience with us in the future? More 

Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

To reconstruct 'at risk' buildings in a beautiful West Sussex setting must be a good idea. To have done it so well is a significant achievement. It's beautiful and a good walk as well. All it needs is a food outlet that has some idea of how to feed people.

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WealdDownlandMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Weald & Downland Living Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of the Museum. Our new cafe is nearing completion and will be open to the public and visitors this spring. More 

Worthing, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

30 years ago I went as a child and it is still as charming and beautifully kept for my own children to enjoy now. There is nothing high tech about this museum, it is a collection of genuine old buildings from different buildings which have been rehoused in their own setting here to be enjoyed and appreciated. Plenty of information... More 

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is somewhere we often visit for both the annual events and day trips. Full of information and things to see and do. Many hands on activities for the children. Take a picnic as food can be pricey. This place can get very busy in the summer months but is well worth a visit. Take wellies if it is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In the good old days when Richard Harris and his contemporaries ran the show (one of the excellent former directors of the museum and authority on timber framed buildings), this was once a magical place, unspoilt and what felt like a true piece of history. Back then development was restrained and innovative not to mention tucked away in the car... More 

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WealdDownlandMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Weald & Downland Living Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review of the Museum. The new Gateway Project visitor centre is being constructed in direct response to feedback from our visitors, who increasingly expect high standards of dining and reception facilities as part of their visit. The project has been 10-years in the making and the position of the complex was decided upon after consultation... More 

Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A beautifully laid out exhibition. Everything from charcoal burners huts to superb farmhouses rescued, rebuilt and taken back to their original state, and a working wated mill, grinding and selling flour. Immpressive anyday, but superb on a sunny spring day.At various times there are demonstrations of [for example] horse drawn plowing and Morris dancing. Always something different.

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

This is definitely one of the best open air museums that you will visit as the date of the transferred houses has such a wide range and is set in such lovely surroundings They do try to encapture the atmosphere and have volunteers dressed in period costume during special events as well Prices in the shop do vary but there... More 

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Lots to see and do here. A great place to walk around and enjoy the fresh air. When the new project is ready it will be even better but for now they have provided basic drinks and snacks.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Blazing log fires, authentic decorations, period food to sample and knowledgeable volunteers. Not to mention the hilarious play performed by the mummers! A very good day out.

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