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“Great Family Day Out” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
Town Lane, Singleton, Chichester PO18 0EU, England
+44 1243 811363
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Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Singleton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Discover the lives of our ancestors - ordinary working people. Discover their homes and the way they built them; their crops, flowers and the way they grew them; their animals and the way they raised them. Explore the Museum's farmsteads, village, Tudor kitchen, working watermill and superb collection of rescued buildings set in the glorious Sussex Downland landscape. Walk in the woods, bring the dog, visit the lakeside cafe, or bring a picnic and choose your perfect spot by the millpond or under a beech tree. Children are free to run, play and learn. You'll experience six centuries of our rural heritage and a great day out. Why not try a special event day? These are packed with entertainment for all of the family and inspired by the life and times reflected at the Museum. Need a new hobby or a new skill which might change your career? Then we have a course for you!
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“Great Family Day Out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

A great family day out and a good way to introduce children to history and heritage. The 'specials' such as Rare Breeds Day and Heavy Horse Day are especially worthwhile.

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“Great place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

Lovely outside country museum set in beautiful grounds. Very interesting medieval houses to look in with commentary in some. Well worth a visit best viewed on a fine day as spread out in large grounds.

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“peace and history!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

I would thoroughly rec. the museum for a great day out for all though youngsters wouldn't appreciate old buildings as much. My wife and I love the space, peace and wilderness. Cut out the road noise and the pylons and you could be at any point in the last 500 years. It is a tranquil place to visit. The tudor houses are a joy and they are well spaced out for maximum effect. We spent 5 1/2 hours there yesterday in the showers and it was lovely and quiet. Living locally we go fairly regularly and if you love historical buildings get membership and go as often as you can. I think it is about time they splashed out on a proper cafe and a better range of food - go and look at Amberley chalk pits. Amberley is another favourite. The shire horses are wonderful real gentle giants - the volunteers love their surroundings and the shop is also worth a visit - with fantastic range of books on sustainable living etc.Please visit.

Visited August 2013
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“Fab day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

We go here every year and always have a brilliant time. We have been the last 6 years running and still have not explored all of the museum. There are lots of open spaces so suitably wears the kids out and dogs are allowed too on leads. There is farm area, plus forests, animals to see and lots of old buildings from the area that have been rescued and restored. They quite often have many events with lots to see and do and learn. My family love exploring all the houses, watching the demonstrations, seeing the animals and running through the lovely countryside. We have always found the staff to be friendly and the cream tea is amazing!!!

Visited May 2013
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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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“A step back in time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

i visited here with my family and we had a lovely day out. Lots of buildings to visit and lots of staff around who were friendly and knowledgeable. Please be aware that they will try to automatically sell you the gift aid entrance fee without option and if you ask for the non gift aid ticket they call out 'you want the reduced price?! and so for this reason i found the staff in the ticket office stuck in their ways and very rude.
Good points...beautiful setting in the downs away from everything, so peaceful. Lots going on when we visited with demonstrations of blacksmiths and tudor cooking etc. Lots for children to do they did not get bored and enjoyed the animals around like ducks pigs donkeys horses etc.
Bad points...wasps, wasps everywhere. We had to eat inside to avoid them. We found the food to be over priced so would take a picnic next time.
Tips...go on a day thats pleasant but not too hot as there is little shade and theres a lot of walking to be done...wear comfy footwear. Bring a camera :)

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