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Address: Newland Park, Chalfont St. Giles, England
Phone Number: 01494 871117
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Enjoyable visit on first weekend of 2015 season

We visited on the opening weekend of the 2015 season when admission was by donation, received a warm welcome from the museum volunteers, and had an all-round enjoyable... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
LJHutchins
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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We visited on the opening weekend of the 2015 season when admission was by donation, received a warm welcome from the museum volunteers, and had an all-round enjoyable visit. The museum is divided into four broad areas, although there are also plenty of outlying buildings. These are the village green, the Chiltern farmstead, the Wood End 'industrial' area featuring rural... More 

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Really good historical museum with so much to explore with little ones. .We were there to watch our son in a 10k run last Sunday.Our Grandchildren loved the open spaces to run around. They loved meeting the horses,sheep cows and chickens in the Victorian Farmyard . They were fascinated by the Forge and played with the toys in Thame cottage.Stories... More 

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

Dear Pat Thank you so much for your wonderful comments - it's lovely to hear that, despite the mud, you had a lovely time when you visited the Museum last week. We do try to make sure that all our visitors enjoy their time here and your feedback will mean such a lot to our volunteers. We look forward to... More 

High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This place is a little gem....Our little girl loves it, there is room to run around outside and lots of different things to see - a great introduction to history. Worth looking at what special events there are on as some are fantastic....Well worth a visit ( and it is dog friendly) We generally take a picnic,but there is a... More 

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

Dear Stephen Thank you so much for your review, which was lovely to read just as we're preparing to open for the 2015 season! We really appreciate your comments and are delighted that you and your family are so fond of the Museum. We hope to see you again this year! More 

Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This year was our 2nd visit to the Chiltern a Open Air Museum for Halloween night. The night is perfect for families as there is something for everyone. The price is very reasonable for the varied activities that the children can do. One word of warning - depending on the weather, you will need good walking boots/shoes with decent grip... More 

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

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review, and we were delighted to hear that you enjoyed our Halloween event. A huge amount of planning goes into creating an amazing experience for children and families and it's great to hear that it was worth it! You're absolutely right about needing good shoes/boots as things can get... More 

High Wycombe, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Great for children and families to really immerse themselves in local history. Special events at weekends. Peaceful and not commercial. Wonderful!

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

Hi Zoe Thanks for your review, which was lovely to read. We're really glad that you and your family enjoy visiting the Museum. Do come and see us once we open! More 

London, England
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We visited on the weekend of the Christmas experience on the last weekend of November 2014. We were extremely impressed by how good it was. There were players on the village green acting out a traditional play which was very good. Santa was excellent in his grotto which my son loved and with only a short queue and a small... More 

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

Thank you so much for your lovely review - we were so pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed your visit to our Traditional Chilterns Christmas event. Our volunteers spent hours decorating our historic buildings and planning fun craft activities, as well as stewarding the buildings during the event, and will be delighted to hear that visitors enjoyed... More 

Watford, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We went here for a work team day out, and had a really good afternoon. Really enjoyed our scones and tea in the cafe and had a brilliant volunteer tour guide show us around the site. Really unusual, I have never anything like this before! Cool buildings ranging from churches to barns to cottages that were going to be demolished,... More 

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

Hi Amy It was great to have you guys here at the Museum, and wonderful to read your lovely comments. We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. Our volunteer tour guide Will is absolutely brilliant, as you found, and I know he will be delighted to hear your feedback. It means such a lot to... More 

Edinburgh
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We decided to visit this museum on a recent trip to see our grandchildren in Watford. Very easy to get to from there. I had an idea it might be a bit like Beamish - but in reality very different. Very easy walking throughout, and lucky with the weather, which had looked a bit threatening earlier in the day. The... More 

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

Dear Jimibob What a lovely review! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your comments. It's great to hear that your grandson remembered his visit to us - we see quite a number of families visiting after a child has come here with their school, which is brilliant! And we think it's a great place for children... More 

Lutterworth
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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
12 helpful votes 12 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 

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