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Weald & Downland Living Museum

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Address: Town Lane, Singleton, Chichester PO18 0EU, England
Phone Number:
+44 1243 811363
10:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Discover the lives of our ancestors - ordinary working people. Discover...

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 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!

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Took my wife, daughter and partner for a day out. Weather was a bit on the chilly side but wrapped up warm. Lots to see and lots of walking but a very interesting day. The only... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Reg C
Chichester, England, United Kingdom
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Chichester, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Took my wife, daughter and partner for a day out. Weather was a bit on the chilly side but wrapped up warm. Lots to see and lots of walking but a very interesting day. The only down side was the only place to get refreshments was a outside cafe which did not have a very wide choice of food and... More 

Thank Reg C
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is our second visit to the museum, having been here about five years ago. It is still so very interesting and informative about the heritage of our buildings. The volunteers are knowledgeable and friendly and let you have a go at lace-making and other crafts.

Thank Vivien H
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Enjoyed seeing all the different buildings from long ago, reconstructed here in a beautiful setting. Those walls could tell a story! The recent TV program "The Repair Shop" was filmed in the barn here, but it looks a lot smaller than it appears on TV! They are enlarging the shop and other facilities here, so it should be even better... More 

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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We visit quite regularly and always enjoy are walks round this beautiful olde world set up of restored houses ranging from the earliest of cottages to Tudor houses . There are sheep, heavy working horses, chicken. Normally we see pigs as well but they weren't there today. The site is undergoing construction at the moment so there are some areas... More 

Thank suzannemiss
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good time visiting here in April 17, maybe leave a visit until the new entrance and restaurant are done, looks wonderful. Children younger than 8 may find it a bit boring. Otherwise a very good visit, must be fascinating working there doing the rebuilds.

Thank Dmclellan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is very interesting and well spaced out so it doesn't feel crowded. But it did get a bit much of a muchness. One house did begin to seem much like all the others. I thought the entrance fee was pretty overpriced for what it is as we'd pretty much done the whole place in 3 hours.

Thank LetItFlow
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My older sisters got to see this on a school trip in the 1970s but I missed out. Finally I got to go! It's big. The attractions are spread out over a wide area, providing, on a warm, dry day, a nice country walk. What the attractions consist of is mostly shells of old rural buildings, transplanted wholesale from villages... More 

Thank ACR888
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A delightful spot in Sussex, if you are interested in the way we used to live and survive, then you will not be disappointed, there are a large number of original buildings dating back several centuries. On the day we visited, there was a demonstration of spinning ( not the bicycle variety), a working blacksmith's forge and of baking. The... More 

Thank Richard I
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I can recommend this place which us spread over a large area and it's only going to get better when they open the new reception and shop complex in the very near future Highlights were all about the conversations with the skilled and knowledgeable volunteers manning some of the buildings, activities, and minding the working horses Tudor kitchen, adjoining mini... More 

Thank Orcaorca
Arundel, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have good weather this can be a great day out in the country. The staff are mostly friendly and enthusiastic and the buildings speak for themselves. Most are really interesting and you are able to explore at will. However this is the 21st century and people have become accustomed to certain standards in some things which were not... More 

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WealdDownlandMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Weald & Downland Living Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing your recent visit to the Museum. We are a registered charity and, although we acknowledge that our ageing toilet facilities are in need of updating, we can only carry out this work once funds can be secured. Please be assured that this is on our plan of works. The café kiosk is very much an interim... More 

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