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Weald & Downland Living Museum

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

  • 4.7

  • from 3038 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 3038 Google reviews

Marie Grantham

5 months ago


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

Claire House

a week ago


Great place to spend a day! Lots of houses and buildings to have a look in and lots of open space to enjoy. The volunteers are very welcoming and happy to tell you information about the buildings. Especially nice to go at this time of the year when some of the buildings have fires and traditional festive decorations.

Sandra Chapman

6 months ago


Fascinating place. Lots of buildings to go around. The staff are very knowledgeable. Definitely worth more than one visit. The cafe/ restaurant overlooks a large pond with a good selection on the menu. Lots of wildlife about. The Repair Shop is filmed there.

Caroline Shipton

8 months ago


We have spent a lovely few hours at the Museum today. Very interesting. Saw the Repair shop but they were filming so couldn't go in. The weather was rather wet and very windy but nevertheless enjoyed our visit. Will definitely return.

David Maddocks

7 months ago


An excellent place to visit!!! Buildings through the ages that have been painstakingly taken apart and been rebuilt here.......and saved!!!! What a wonderful idea......and saved in a new village in the English countryside just north of Chichester. Some of the buildings have been refurbished ....and some bare structures....but all with a history to tell. The medieval gardens are treasures in themselves...... forgotten herbs and flowers, vegetables and spices. Just wonderful.

Contact the garden

01243 811363

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