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Weald & Downland Living Museum

Indoor and outdoor museum with beautifully recreated gardens of the past.

  • 4.7

  • from 3223 Google reviews

A house with bushes in front of a building
A house with bushes in front of a building

About the garden

Discover how domestic gardens have evolved over the past five centuries. Set among the fascinating collection of rescued historic rural buildings are six gardens, each representing the period and social status of its accompanying dwelling.

Together they show how gardens developed from utilitarian to increasingly decorative. Herbs feature widely, for both culinary and medicinal use, as do vegetables, with many heritage varieties and rarely seen crops such as skirrets and carlin peas.

Opening times

Summer (BST) Every Day 10:30AM - 6PM Winter Every Day 10:30AM - 4PM

Useful details

Garden area

40 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a food stall and a cafe/restaurant.

Family

Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).

Shops

Yes - There is a gift shop.

West Sussex, PO18 0EU

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Weald & Downland Living Museum
West Sussex
PO18 0EU
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Google reviews

  • 4.7

  • from 3223 Google reviews

George Bell

3 weeks ago

5

Wow! Reached the age of 70 and never been to this wonderful part of England. The museum is something very special. It is a place with purpose and vision. The setting is stunning and inspiring at the same time. We ranged in age from 3 years old to 70. Everyone found something of interest and much of it we shared on common. From some of the finest sticks for young children to carry, ( what is it about sticks?) to the intricate workings of a water wheel and the divine smell of baking biscuits. Thank you Mr Baker, they were lovely. We had free drinks from the cafe and even chatted briefly with the lovely Ruth Goodman who was busy cooking a joint over an open fire. Our thanks to everyone there who made it such an enchanting day. We shall most definitely return.

Allan Biles

2 months ago

5

Always an absolute pleasure to visit, so much so that we are now members. As well as background information on where the house came from, each is laid out to represent a period of time in our history. It is therefore possible to walk round the museum and see how our living standards have improved through the years. Super knowledgeable guides help you understand what life would have really been like. The cafe now serves excellent food in a sympathetically styled modern building with a lovely view of the pond and mill. If you enjoy the countryside, and local history then do visit.

Veronica Gibbs

a month ago

5

A Great day out, a special event saddle and steam was taking place, lots for all ages. Steam engine Victoria was a great hit with our 3 year old grandson along with the remote control boats. Cafe and toilets both good, didn't get much time to look around the actual buildings at the museum, need to go back to visit them. A different visit today, no steam engines so looked around some of the buildings with a three and six year old. Really enjoyed the pigs they were awake.

Mike Hill

a month ago

5

This is a very interesting place. It is a very large site with an amazing collection of old buildings that have been rescued and restored to help understand how our forbears lived and worked. All the staff including the many volunteers are helpful and very knowledgeable. Their enthusiasm for the place was infectious. It is also the home of the BBC TV show The repair shop although we were unable to get too close as filming was in progress.

Marie Grantham

9 months ago

5

Just how I remembered from when I was a child. Took my teenage daughter as a birthday treat & she really enjoyed it. Takes a good couple hours to walk around and some of the ground can be uneven. Worth the money. Has a small gift shop on entry/exit, not badly priced at all. All in all a good day out

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01243 811363

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