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“More could be offered”

Weald & Downland Living Museum
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Singleton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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 new waterside cafe, or bring a picnic and choose your perfect spot by the mill pond. Children are free to run, play and learn. You'll experience 950 years of England's rural heritage during 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!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“More could be offered”
Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

It was great having a step back in time seeing the old buildings and ways of doing things. Volunteers were extremely polite and helpful but didn't think much of the paid staff.
Would have been better if volunteers were in period costumes as stated on website, didn't see any that were apart from one storyteller.
Could have had some animals on display but the pens were empty, even although there were signs saying not to feed them.

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Meopham, United Kingdom
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134 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“great trip back in time”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Weald & Downland is very thoughtfully set to create this wonderful village of 500 year old houses. It also has a working mill and a blacksmith to show just how things were carried out in the past, The various house in various stages of build, to show how houses were constructed all those years ago. Well worth a visit if your interested in how people lived years ago

Visited July 2014
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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
“Fascinating and informative”
Reviewed 26 July 2014

To be able to walk around and thouroughly explore buildings from centuries ago, was not only interesting but thought provoking. The volunteers who were on hand to explain both the architectual and social history, were passionate about their subject, without being intrusive.
I left feeling both awed by the skill that people mastered and passed on, when trying to create new and better dwellings throughout the centuries....but also, respect for the hardiness and perseverence of past generations.

Visited July 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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507 reviews
273 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 420 helpful votes
“600 Year Story”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

The Open Air Museum is located near Singleton on the A286 between Midhurst and Chichester. There are 50 acres to explore including gardens, walking in the woods (dogs are welcome), and a lakeside cafe for refreshments or bring a picnic and choose a place to sit. On site 40-50 historic exhibit buildings, some over 400 years old, dating from the thirteenth to nineteenth centuries tell the story of the people who lived and worked in them over the 600 year period. Domestic and Craft activities and demonstrations include cooking, weaving, glass painting plus there is a Museum with an interesting collection of artefacts. There are also many special event days held throughout the year. An interesting place to visit provides multiple leisure options to enjoy.

Visited June 2014
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Northern England
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223 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Very interesting attraction in lovely setting”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

We were last here over twenty years ago, and it has expanded greatly since then. The buildings have been carefully reconstructed and some staging has been added to give you a sense of what it was like to live there. There were activities for school children, and we watched a busy kitchen prepare griddled bread from flour ground at the mill--then we were offered a sample and very tasty it was, too! We were lucky to have only a few well-behaved school groups visiting, as sometimes we were told there can be many more. We had fine weather and thoroughly enjoyed being outdoors while learning more about early life in Britain.

Visited July 2014
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