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Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

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Address: Town Lane, Singleton, Chichester PO18 0EU, England
Phone Number: +44 1243 811363
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10:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 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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Wonderful museum for all the family

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 days ago NEW 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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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Such an amazing place, interesting, educational, fun, fantastic staff, what more could I say?! I would highly recommend, a great day out for all ages

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ancient buildings in a lovely setting. The buildings can be quite dark inside and the stairs can be steep and narrow so may be not for everybody. The guides are very chatty and smiley. A most enjoyable experience.

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I love this place and have visited many many times, but went to the Christmas fair and it was ridiculously busy, great business for the museum & I see why they do this - but they should limit the numbers really . As usual the whole ambience is special.

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Thank Vegieplot
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the Christmas Market and was not disappointed. The museum is the ideal place for an event such as this. Well organised parking and plenty of stalls to keep the huge numbers of people who attended happy, well fed and amused. Will go back at a quieter time to look more closely at the many interesting buildings and exhibits.

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Littlehampton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited for the first time, the outside food & drink stalls were sited in the wrong position causing que blocking which was difficult to get round & having stalls inside the small houses became very cramped Impossible for disabled people to visit the venue Won't be returning next year

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

W&D is a lovely day out. Come here switch off your phone and forget your mad modern existence! What they have done here is create an old settlement that takes you back in time for a day to what it would have been like to live without traffic, noise, supermarkets or streetlights. There are little vegetable beds and herb gardens... More 

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Alton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been coming to the Singleton Museum since I was 8 years old, when I first visited it on a school trip. Since then, I must have visited over a hundred times - in more recent years with my four children. The houses themselves are wonderful - capturing the past perfectly, and you feel transported back to a time where... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I attended a craft course with my father as we were both given gift experiences. Learnt how to use traditional means to make a chair. An enjoyable experience; difficult for the instructor to differentiate the content and so I think the pace was slow for us. A great venue with some fantastic buildings and facilities. I would certainly return to... More 

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