Weald & Downland Living Museum

Town Ln, Chichester, Sussex PO18 0EU
Open Air Theatre Road England PO18 0EU GB

Life through the ages – The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum has over forty-five historic buildings that have been rescued and re-erected to create one of the most important Open Air Museums in Europe. Located in the South Downs the Museum’s collection includes homes displayed as they were lived in centuries ago, historical gardens planted with heritage herbs and flowers, farm buildings with animals living in them, a working forge, a 17th century watermill that still grinds wheat and a church made of tin. Together these buildings tell the story of ordinary people’s lives from the 13th through to the 19th century.

Watch the Shire horses work in the fields, South Down sheep chew the downland grass, hens and geese peck in the orchard and Tamworth pigs forage in the woods. Taste the potage and bread made in the Tudor kitchen and see how a medieval housewife used herbs from her garden to protect her family from illness.

Opening Times: From 2 Jan – 28 Feb open Wed, Sat and Sun only with the exception of half term week, 17 – 21 Feb, when the Museum is open daily.

From 1 March open daily until 22 Dec and daily from 26 Dec – 1 Jan. Don’t miss the ‘Tudor Christmas’ 26 – 28 Dec.

10.30am – 6.00pm British Summer Time
10.30am – 4.00pm rest of the year

Photo Credits: © Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

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