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Weald & Downland Living Museum

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

  • 4.7

  • from 3306 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 3306 Google reviews

Penny Tyas

2 weeks ago

5

A wonderful place to spend the day. Houses from Saxon era to Victorian. Each house has been taken down from its original location, and rebuilt on site. The layout is consistent with how the building would have been used... Craftsmen in one area, market Square in another. Each building also has its personal history... Who lived there, how they lived. Everything is interlinked, the bakery uses flour ground at the mill, the potter makes household items. This really is a living history experience. I have mobility issues so I used a mobility scooter on the grass and was able to visit most of the buildings without additional assistance. The café and gift shop have lots to offer. I was so impressed I joined as a member on the spot. Highly recommended.

Allan Biles

3 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.

Barry Plater

2 weeks ago

5

This was our second visit; our first was about fifteen years ago. Since then The Repair Shop had become a TV favourite so we were keen to see it "for real". We were not disappointed even though it was close for filming when we visited. The general setting of the museum is in beautiful countryside with a collection of very old buildings and artifacts from various parts of the country brought together to make a unique collection. The buildings are well spaced out so be prepared for quite a bit of walking; volunteers in some of the buildings add to the enjoyment by explaining various aspects of the exhibits. Refreshments, shop and toilet facilities available.

jackie bray

a week ago

5

Lovely interesting place to visit! Very informative and friendly staff! Really impressed with the restaurant ! They do gluten free sandwiches which were the tastiest I’ve ever had! and even the chips were gluten free! Very tasty and good price. The staff in the cafe were lovely and so friendly ☺️

Veronica Gibbs

2 months 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.

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01243 811363

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