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Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

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Address: Town Lane, Singleton, Chichester PO18 0EU, England
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+44 1243 811363
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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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A great day oiut

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
DRW39
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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Thank Crabtree1979
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Normally it'd be 5 stars from us for this inspirational place. At the moment tho, it's all a bit higgledey-piggledey, due to the development work being carried out there, which kills some of its usual magic. Add to that the entry price of £13 per adult & it drops another star from us, given the presence of dumper trucks, builders... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely buzzing atmosphere. Have also been in the Summer with my parents. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Very interesting walk through history

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful scenery snuggled in the southdowns this Open air museum gives you the chance to step back in time and see how people lived in the past. Children can run around safely, visit the heavy horses and resident cows and pigs - a great place to spend the day in any season.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

From the brilliantly presented and authentic history of rural life, accessible format and approachability of everyone working there, to the opportunities for children and adults to learn about how buildings shaped the life of our forebears, the museum really does have something for all to come back to again and again.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

People have commented on parking but also the layout was crammed into small areas and way too few food and coffee stands we gave up waiting after hardly moving in queue for thirty minutes. Also no signal for card transactions and maximum cash withdrawal was £100?? Wouldn't go again for sure.

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