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“Great day out if your are mechanically/technically minded - bit of a blokes visit really” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre

Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre
Arundel BN18 9LT, England
+44 1798 831370
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Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Arundel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Amberley Museum is a 36 acre open-air site set in the South Downs National Park dedicated to the industrial heritage of the south east. Take a ride around the Museum on the narrow gauge railway and historic bus. Exhibits include the telecommunications hall, electricity hall, working printshop, lime kilns, road steam engines, radio and TV exhibition, stationary engines and more. The Museum is also home to traditional craftspeople, such as the woodturners, wheelwrights and blacksmith, with a cafe, gift shop, nature trails and numerous picnic areas. The Museum hosts a number of events ranging from children's activity days to classic vehicle shows and the ever-popular ale festival. Please see our website for a full list. We open from mid-March to the end of October, seven days a week during West Sussex school holidays and on Bank Holidays, otherwise Wednesday to Sunday. Again please see our website for full details. We have a large free carpark and are right next to Amberley railway station. There's always lots to see, in good weather and in bad!
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“Great day out if your are mechanically/technically minded - bit of a blokes visit really”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Visited during the week when it was quiet. Allow a good 3hrs plus to take it all in. Very male orientated although my wife enjoyed the train ride, radio/TV museum and some of the garages, the remainder is very male orientated - that said it is all good fun and very interesting - it has a bit of everything from a printing press to a good display of electrical equipment. Bus rides and train rides are on hand to move you around although it’s only a 10 min walk from one end to the other. Cafe is good, serving a limited menu at a reasonable price. Probably just as good a visit in the wet as the dry as most of the plethora of museums are under cover. Well worth looking at their website beforehand and getting a 'feel' of the place before you turn up. All in all on a par with the Down Land museum and well worth a visit if you are in the area.

Visited July 2014
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“We had a great day out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Four of us "Grown up kids" visited here and spent 5 hours there and still did not see all the attractions fully. Problem was we all remembered many of the historic exhibits as household and daily items etc. in our day. We had a great ride on the bus where hubby rang the bell and we were all issued with a clipped ticket, and then a free ride on the train too. There were several hands on activities in a number of the halls and we found all the volunteer helpers were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their subject. We took so long that we missed The Pottery as it was closed by the time we reached it. The shop has a large selection of gifts and goodies (the honey is the best we have ever tasted!) One criticism - we ate in the Limeburners restaurant where all the food is cooked and made to order but although the serving staff were wearing blue gloves they were handling food as well as taking cash and payments. A great place run by volunteers.

Visited June 2014
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“Everything under many roofs - a multi-interest day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Since my last visit, probably over twenty years ago then with my young family, a lot has been added. This time I arrived with my friend by train, taking advantage of the 2-for-1 admission offer for train ticket holders, so we paid only £10 for the two of us (seniors) which included the Gift Aid donation. [Check with train operators for this offer - voucher required]. The Museum entrance is just a minute's walk from Amberley train station.

The Museum comprises many exhibitions and historical collections which are museums in themselves, and those new to me included the Roadmakers' (paviors) museum, the "Connected Earth" telecommunications hall, the Narrow-Gauge railway exhibition, and the Electricity Hall. Like other visitors, I looked to see which electrical appliances in the museum are identical to ones which I still use in my house - my coffee percolating jug was one. And it's obvious why Sussex has so many rough and pot-holed roads: the proper repair equipment such as the tar-boiler and the road-rollers (steam and diesel machines) have been consigned to the museum. The Sussex roadman's wooden caravan containing a woodburning stove is there, once pulled by a steam traction engine or steamroller. I saw the modern equivalent elsewhere in Sussex recently - it's called a Welfare Unit in big letters on the side of an expensive new white van.

We also visited other museums within the Museum, and had a train ride to the far end of the site. An old Bristol VR double-deck bus was offering slow-speed trips round the site, whilst a splendid fleet of ancient Southdown buses was on view in "Storrington Bus Garage". A revisit is essential if we want to see the many things which we did not have time for.

The ladies' loo opposite "Connected Earth" was in a disgusting condition, possibly not cleaned for weeks or perhaps longer as evidenced by staining. We reported this to Reception.

The gift shop was adequate and sensibly stocked. As another charitable rural attraction not far away had just had a burglary involving the loss of high-value goods, it seems sensible to stick to basics such as guide books, cheap toys, pictures and postcards etc. in this kind of setting. I bought a small reproduction Southern Railway poster for framing.

I noticed that there are plenty of things to interest children of all ages, not least a properly-designed fenced woodland play area.

Visited June 2014
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“Great day out!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This is a gem of a place! For all those with an interest in British history, it is well worth a visit. The museum aims to capture Sussex industrial history and try to keep it working. There is a narrow gauge railway, a bus museum, fire engine museum, pumps, electrical equipment, broadcast equipment, local crafts........ The list goes one.

The museum is located right next to Amberley rail station, so is easy to get to. If you are driving, there is free parking.

Give it a go

Visited June 2014
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“Had a nice day at Amberley Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Just got back from Amberley Museum, we took our grandchildren, age 6 &9, they both had good time. We got there just after 11 am & did not stop till lunch time, then it was back on the bus to the pottery shop where they both made something in clay, everything here is interesting from the workshops to the adventure trail & the playground.
We left the museum at 4-45 . All the staff were helpful even thou there did not seem to be enough on duty & it looks a bit tired, we still enjoyed ourselves, the lady on the train was very good & let the children pull the whistle when we stopped at the station.
I would recommend a visit to this place.
Museums like this struggle to survive, its run only buy volunteers & need all the help they can get.

Visited June 2014
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