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Weald & Downland Living Museum

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

  • 4.7

  • from 3681 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.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).


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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PO18 0EU
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Google reviews

  • 4.7

  • from 3681 Google reviews


4 months ago


I absolutely loved it 🥰 beautiful countryside in a lovely area. Amazing buildings restored to their former glory, interesting, lovely lake full of ducks & a beautiful café & shop overlooking the water. The volunteers are lovely & very informative. The highlight also was the repair shop & meeting Dom & the Teddy ladies, lovely & obliging. Well worth a visit for all the family. Thank you 💜

Thomas Harrison

12 months ago


This is an amazing place, not only the home of the BBC TV show The repair shop also our history of how things were made and how we lived and changed with the times. All the staff here are helpful and very knowledgeable, they pride them self's on having over 400 volunteers. Great place for the kids and plenty of open spaces. On site cafe had home made food on as well as a great selection of gluten-free and vegan options. The cakes are wonderful, and they sell local ice-cream again they have a vegan option too. Can't praise this place enough ☺️.

Andy Hoare

6 months ago


A stunning location, covering many acres, most open fields but a fair bit of woodland. Many houses and other buildings lovingly removed from development areas in the south east and carefully relocated at the museum. Clean and modern cafe/shop/loo buildings at the entrance do not seem out of place.

Marcia S

6 months ago


A wonderful place to visit and go back in time to admire the architecture of old. You could easily spend all day there. You can buy a daily ticket or an annual pass. You can take your own food and have a picnic or there is a café. The staff and volunteers are friendly and informative. There are also plenty of parking spaces available. I would recommend anyone of all age groups to visit as it's interesting and educational.

Irene Glynn

6 months ago


It is literally incredible to see houses rebuilt from centuries really captures the agricultural period. The falconry display was wonderful and we learnt so much as well as watching the birds in action. It was a brilliant demonstration. In fact, everyone involved in building, preserving and creating the exhibits have done a marvellous job. All staff were friendly helpful and professional.. We just can't wait to go back!

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01243 811363

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