We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Chiltern Open Air Museum

Newland Park, Chalfont St. Giles, England
01494 871117
Website
Improve this listing
83%
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Attraction details
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hotels near Chiltern Open Air Museum

Write a Review

72 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    31
    29
    6
    1
    5
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
London, England
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
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
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
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
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
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
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
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
Contributor
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
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
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
33 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
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
8 helpful votes 8 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
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
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
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
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
6 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
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
1 review
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
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 

Travelers who viewed Chiltern Open Air Museum also viewed

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
 
Chenies, Buckinghamshire
Wendover, Buckinghamshire
 

Been to Chiltern Open Air Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Chiltern Open Air Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?