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Chiltern Open Air Museum

Newland Park | Chalfont St Giles, England
01494 871117
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Ranked #37 of 105 Attractions in Buckinghamshire
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
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Lutterworth
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8 reviews 8 reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Nowhere near as big as Beamish or Blists Hill and nowhere near as crowded or commercialised but full of fascinating, authentic details. From working Victorian farmyards to 1940's prefabs to displays on beech chair making. The iron age house was fascinating. Staffed by volunteers who are enthusiastic, knowledgable and friendly and in a lovely setting, it is well worth a... More

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

Thank you for your lovely comments. We were really glad to hear that you enjoyed the event but agree with you that there's lots to do even on a 'quiet' day, particularly if you'd like a chance for the kids to let off some steam! We hope you'll come back and visit us again soon. More

London
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Loads of open space for kids to run around in. They were doing historical re-enactments on the day (19th Century/Napoleonic) which was very interactive and the kids really got involved. Warning - you will get smoky and dirty if you visit the Iron Age house Warning2 - this is a technology free zone - the interaction involves people and things... More

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

What a lovely vegetable you are, Cyberturnip! We loved reading your review and completely agree with you that a technology-free trip can be a welcome thing. We think this is a great place for kids to run around in a really safe environment, let off steam, get mucky and have a go at things they might not usually encounter. We... More

London, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
33 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This was my first visit despite living in the area for most of my life, and i was pleasantly surprised by what I came across. We visited on the weekend when the museum held a "life in the 19th Century" event. This meant that the whole museum was brought to life around the "village green" and "farmyard" areas with volunteers... More

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

Dear Ian Thanks for taking the time to write such a thoughtful and comprehensive review. It's so important to us to know how our visitors feel, and brilliant to read comments like yours. We'll certainly pass them on, not only to the Museum volunteers who were there during your visit but also to the re-enactors who were here for the... More

Staines, England, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our day at Chiltern Open Air Museum. It was perfect for young children as there was plenty of space to run around and not get in the way of other visitors. We particularly liked the fact that there were several opportunities for the children to dress up in clothes from the past and play with old toys.... More

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

Hi Sarah, thank you so much for your lovely review, which cheered us all up on a gloomy summer (!) morning! I'm so pleased that your family enjoyed their time here. We've done our best with our (sadly, limited as we're a charity) resources to make sure that visitors, particularly families, have lots to see and do and, as you... More

Watford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Be prepared for walking. An excellent visitor attraction with loads to see. Would recommend you give it at least three hours to see it all.

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

Thanks ever so much for your lovely comments, and we're delighted that you found the Museum interesting. We agree that it's definitely worth planning to be here for at least half a day as there's lots to explore! We hope you come back soon. More

Devon
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46 reviews 46 reviews
5 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We came for the afternoon and wished we'd come earlier. It was during a 'Terrific Tuesday' that runs throughout the school hols and there was loads to do. The kids found it really interesting with loads of activities, lots of hands on and very helpful staff/volunteers explaining how things would have been, etc. We visited the tea shop which was... More

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

It's always a real pleasure to read comments like this, and to know that our staff and volunteers have helped to make a visit here really special. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback. I'll make sure it's passed on to those who were involved in 'Terrific Tuesday', our fantastic family activity day which... More

Northwood
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

Very disappointed that this day was so poor. We took our teenage grandson after seeing the photos on the web of what was promoted as a Ronan re enactment day with pictures of soldiers and weaponry that would be on show . What we got instead was a few little stalls to look at Roman items and an hour and... More

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

Dear TouristGran Thank you for taking the time to pass on your valuable feedback, and I was very sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the Roman re-enactors that you saw here at the Museum. We have worked with these re-enactors for several years and they have always put on a brilliant show, but unfortunately last weekend they did... More

Reading, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
24 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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

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