Weald and Downland Living Museum

Weald and Downland Living Museum

The Weald and Downland Living Museum are located near Chichester in West Sussex. It was opened in 1970 by a small group of enthusiasts and the museum is a registered charity. It covers 40 acres and is home to over 50 historic buildings. The buildings date from 950AD through to the 19th century and there are gardens. farm animals, a millpond and walks.

Museum Overview

All but two of the buildings are saved buildings that were threatened with destruction. They have been carefully dismantled and rebuilt in their historical form at the museum. They help bring the museum to life with homes, farmsteads and rural industries. There are hands-on activities such as cooking and weaving, seasonal, shows, tree dressing and more.

Buildings on-site include historic barns, a brick-drying shed, carpenter shop, cattle sheds and a granary. Plus a hall, houses, joinery shop, market hall, medieval houses and shops, stable and many more. You can see, touch and even smell what life was really like for people living in the past. The site also has a woodland playground with Knucker a water dragon. There are always plenty of hands-on activities for kids and animals, you can see include horses, sheep, pigs and chickens.

Further Information Weald and Downland Living Museum

Is there food and drink available?

There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks, the cafe enjoys stunning views of the millpond. You are welcome to bring a picnic.

What are the main things to do?

Living Museum is packed full of historic buildings you can explore, hands-on activities, walks, a playground and animals. There are toilets and a cafe.

What are the ticket prices?

An adult ticket without gift aid costs £14, children 5-17 £6.50. Children under 5 are free. Other pricing options including family tickets are available.
Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online.

Is there parking?

There is free parking.

When are they open?

The museum is open almost all year round, they are closed on the 24–25 & 28–31 December. For up-to-date opening times please visit their website.

Dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome and can enter most of the museum ‘s buildings with the exceptions of the watermill, Newdigate bakehouse, Dairy and Winkhurst Tudor kitchen, where food is prepared. Dogs are also welcome in the first section of their café and on the outdoor deck.

Are they accessible?

Information on accessibility

Weald and Downland Living museum
Weald and Downland Living museum
Weald and Downland Living museum
Weald and Downland Living museum
Weald and Downland Living museum
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