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Chiltern Open Air Museum

Newland Park | Chalfont St Giles, England
01494 871117
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Ranked #38 of 100 attractions in Buckinghamshire
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
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Reading, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

This museum is great for young and old. There are many great buildings to see from iron age to pre-fabs! You really need good weather for this outing and some comfy shoes. There is a fair bit of walking but really worth while. It was both an enjoyable and educational visit. Value for money - we had vouchers but I... More

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ChilternOAM, Visitor Experience Manager at Chiltern Open Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear Janet We're really grateful that you took the time to pass on your feedback, and it was lovely to read your comments. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Museum. You're quite right: Call the Midwife was filmed in our Prefab, and we also enjoyed Downton Abbey being filmed in our farm and Midsomer Murders in... More

London, United Kingdom
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99 reviews 99 reviews
23 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Clearly the staff/volunteers are enthusiastic and its easy to catch this. A lot of love here. Do look at the excellent cottage gardens as you pay. You could say 'I paid 10 quid to see a load of old buildings' BUT just the tranquil rural peaceful location with fields flowers and animals and no cars is worth the visit. Lots... More

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ChilternOAM, Visitor Experience Manager at Chiltern Open Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear Brian Thank you for your lovely feedback. You're absolutely right; our staff and volunteers love it here, and take pride in communicating that to visitors. I'm so pleased that you and your family enjoyed your visit, and - even better - have become Annual Members! We'd love to see you come back soon. Thanks again for your thoughtful and... More

London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A special day with a fine display and commentary on the heavy horses paraded in the field . Interesting buildings chapel, cottages, prefabs, and ops room. Getting close up with the sheep and horses was lovely. Get yourself a bar of carbolic soap while there for the lovely smell..wooden spoon and chair production exhibition very interesting. Sandwhich lunch adequate.

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ChilternOAM, Visitor Experience Manager at Chiltern Open Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear Ray Thank you for your review, and I was very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your trip to Chiltern Open Air Museum last month. The heavy horse day was a great success and a rare opportunity to see these animals working traditionally as they have done for hundreds of years. We're glad you liked the soap too -... More

Palm Beach Gardens
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Although not a typical museum in a building, my husband, brother and I very much enjoyed our visit here from start to finish. The staff and docents were all especially nice and informative! I found the post WWII house of particular interest. We also enjoyed watching the school children receive instruction on-site and learning how bricks are made. The weather... More

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ChilternOAM, Visitor Experience Manager at Chiltern Open Air Museum, responded to this review

It was lovely to read your review, and I wanted to thank you for taking the time to leave your comments as we're always really grateful to hear what our visitors think. I'm delighted that you and your family enjoyed visiting Chiltern Open Air Museum, even though we had a film crew here during your visit - it can be... More

High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

Afraid didn't like the first toilet block,I thought it should be for viewing not using,I know it was authentic ,after saying that we had a lovely day nice to be able to take our dogs,also a very nice cafe at the end of the walk ,nice cream tea reasonably priced.

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ChilternOAM, Visitor Experience Manager at Chiltern Open Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear Marion Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm sorry that you didn't like our restored Edwardian toilet block. Most of our visitors are delighted to be able to use this wonderful and unique piece of historic engineering, complete with original 'spend a penny' slots and carbolic soap! However, we appreciate that it isn't a modern... More

High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We went as a school trip and children and adults alike had a brilliant time, we had a Victorian school lesson, the adults had to be the monitors, the children made scones which were cooked on an open fire and they made and payed with Victorian toys. We could have stayed for another couple of hours and still not done... More

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ChilternOAM, Visitor Experience Manager at Chiltern Open Air Museum, responded to this review

Hi Clare Thank you for your lovely review - it's wonderful to hear that you and the children enjoyed your visit! We'd love to see you all again so please do come back soon. More

Hatfield, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We visited on a lovely sunny day. Basically this is an open air museum which is situated in a rural valley which has numerous buildings which have been rescued and rebuilt or restored dotted throughout the site. We found it very interesting and a very peaceful place to wander through. The children loved it as they were able to run... More

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ChilternOAM, Visitor Experience Manager at Chiltern Open Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear Wendy It was lovely to read your review, and thank you so much for taking the time to post it - we love hearing what our visitors find special about the Museum and I'm so pleased that you and your children enjoyed your time here. We'd really like to see you again so please do come back! Thank you. More

Rickmansworth
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Living about 5 miles away we decided to visit this attraction. The price was £27 for a family of four, a little over priced for what is actually there. It was pouring with rain and did not stop whilst we were there. The jousting went ahead in the rain. It was ok. My 10 and 13 year old were not... More

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ChilternOAM, Visitor Experience Manager at Chiltern Open Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear Diane Thanks for your review, and I'm sorry that the weather was so poor when you and your family visited. We were really pleased that the jousting went ahead in the rain (albeit slightly more slowly than usual!) and visitors have told us that they really enjoyed the event. I'm really glad that our volunteers were able to interest... More

Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I visited with my 3 year old boy on a drizzly day of half term and we both absolutely loved it! There is plenty of space, fresh air, buildings to explore, lots of things to touch and play with and very educational and interactive too! The volunteers were extremely helpful - and cheerfully staying beyond the 5pm close when visitors... More

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ChilternOAM, Visitor Experience Manager at Chiltern Open Air Museum, responded to this review

Hi Nicola Thank you for your lovely review, it was great to read your feedback and to hear how much you and your son enjoyed your visit to the Museum. You visited on quite a quiet day and it's great to hear that you enjoyed the activities that we had available. Sadly the lovely re-enactor that you met in Leagrave... More

Watford
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14 attraction reviews
200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This nice rural park is dotted with some very interesting building and is definitely worth a visit on a nice day, it would be miserable in the rain!! Some of the buildings are very sparsely furnished and it would be nice to see some contents in them as it would add to the experience but as a volunteer run project... More

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ChilternOAM, Visitor Experience Manager at Chiltern Open Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear Reviewer Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, and I was glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit, particularly the jousting, adventure playground and candle-making. I wanted to explain that the reason some of our buildings are sparsely furnished is that this is how they would have been in the past, and our aim is... More

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