Weald & Downland Living Museum

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Weald & Downland Living Museum

Weald & Downland Living Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Gardens • History Museums
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Come and discover rescued rural buildings set in a beautiful landscape, which tell the stories of the people who lived and worked in them over 1,000 years. Explore our 40-acre site and visit our collection – we have more than 50 historic buildings, from a replica Anglo-Saxon hall house to an Edwardian tin church. Enjoy a regular programme of demonstrations, including milling in our 17th century watermill; cooking in our Tudor kitchen; blacksmithing in our Victorian smithy, baking in our newly opened bakehouse; plus seasonal demonstrations. Take a walk in the woods, bring the dog (we are dog friendly), visit our waterside cafe or enjoy your own picnic. New exhibit buildings include: a dairy and bakehouse, near the watermill, plus a late 18th century barn and early 19th century stable known as May Day Farm. Need a new hobby or a new skill? Try our day courses in traditional rural trades and crafts or historic building conservation.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Mark C
Sheerness, UK158 contributions
Old buildings
Oct 2021 • Couples
An absolutely brilliant day out which we started in the cafe. The service was exceptional with polite staff and very good value for money on the food.

The staff around the site were very knowledgable about the buildings and were willing to share their insights as we walked round. The working horses were being exercised in the arable field and the numerous gardens that have been set up to illustrate what and how they would have looked at the time of the property being shown.
Written October 23, 2021
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NSC
Bagshot, UK13 contributions
Late summer welcome
Oct 2021 • Friends
Welcoming and friendly, to adults, kids and dogs too, with a fabulous variety of buildings, history, and free roaming poultry. The volunteers made our visit simply great, keeping us all entertained as we each awaited COVID-safe entry to each building, with smiles and wonderful stories of each place! the Lurghashall milled flour is fabulous for baking too!
Written October 10, 2021
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Robin P
London, UK16 contributions
Spoiled only by the BBC!
Sep 2021
On a recent trip to Arundel, part of our planned activities was to visit the home of the BBC’s Repair Shop located within the Weald & Downland Living Museum.

The Weald & Downland Living Museum itself is very much worth the ticket price. It is incredible that many if not all the shops/houses were dismantled brick by brick and brought here from around the country and meticulously put back together. The sites and smells take you back centuries, incredible and so very interesting. There are volunteers present happy to tell you about each place. The area is quite vast so the walks are long but very scenic. There is an active water mill producing flour and a bakery making bread which can be purchased, and a modern cafeteria and shop.

However, the initial purpose was to visit the film location of the ‘Repair Shop’. At reception we were informed that the cast were extremely friendly and did allow the odd selfie to be taken with them. So having wandered around this amazing museum, it was time to visit the Repair Shop.

We mistakenly took the wrong route (the back entrance) and ended up at a car park and a sign stating we could not go any further. So, we decided to turn back and find the proper way, when some chap came running along waving his arms totally ignoring any of our requests for directions, but then Jay Blades appeared from his car and the chap started to lead him back to the Repair shop. We said good morning to him and asked if we were able to have a quick photo but that fell on deaf ears, albeit he did manage a very timid “morning” to us.

As despondent as we were we finally reached the correct entrance only to be greeted by a sign stating filming was in progress and we could go no further. A few of us started taking some photos of the building, as memento’s, there was no TV filming going on outside nor were there any of the cast, but the same guy who could only be described as a very rude BBC bouncer came running over to us asking us to immediately stop taking photos pointing to a sign (no one had read to be fair) saying no photos because of privacy and it would spoil the Christmas Special! Now, the irony, if the BBC want to film anyone they just go ahead, blow any rights to privacy! We the TV Licence payers, the people responsible for the success of this programme are basically spurned from meeting the people we have put on the pedestals they have been! Really not sure I can watch the Repair Shop or the Yorkshire Workshop again as it will always leave me feeling bitter. We are adult enough to understand if they don’t want certain things filmed, but not in the very rude manner this chap said it and why couldn’t they offer a 5 min slot to people to let them meet their “icons”, I personally have worked on a couple of TV shoots and the cast were not busy all the time!

But if you are not looking to visit the Repair Shop, or they are filming, don’t let it put you off visiting this fantastic museum but be aware there is a lot of walking along stony paths, but well worth it.
Written October 4, 2021
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Keith C
25 contributions
Back in history
Sep 2021 • Couples
Visited the living museum while staying in the area on holiday A lovely experience taking you back in history the volunteer guides were excellent spending time explaining the history of the building and where they were sited before moving to the museum plenty explore and interesting. There is a very good restaurant overlooking the pond there is a shop to browse around. There is part of the site where they film the popular TV program The Repair Shop. It is well worth a visit.
Written October 3, 2021
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Darren A
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK159 contributions
A step back in time
Sep 2021
visited here while on holiday a massive site with reclaimed and rebuilt buildings through the ages places like a restored watermill a forge a dairy and uil;dings from tudor times georgian and victorian plus the bbc series the repair shop is fimed there lovely day out
Written October 2, 2021
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Crant0ck
Birmingham, UK94 contributions
Good but been knocked a bit bu Covid
Sep 2021 • Solo
A very nice place. A visit midweek in schooltime so not too busy. The upside of that is the Covid waits to enter were limited. That could be tiresome on a busier day.

Overall it feels a bit struggling to recover from Covid. More effort is needed on signs or a decent guidebook for the unattended buildings.
Written September 30, 2021
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GH502014
Huddersfield, UK354 contributions
So much more than we were expecting!
Sep 2021
Wanted to visit since starting watching the Repair Shop so was delighted when we decided to stay in Chichester for a few days which enabled us to go.
Wasn't really sure just what to expect but was so very surprised at the size of the place and the fantastic buildings and working crafts on show. There's a lovely walk around the whole attraction which itself holds many surprises. The staff located around the grounds and properties were very informative and the people showcasing the crafts were also great to chat to.
We ended up staying for nearly six hours (the lovely weather helped).
Couldn't see much of the actual Repair shop building as they were filming and preparing the area for some Christmas episodes. But that did not take anything away from our visit.
So glad we went!
Written September 30, 2021
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d h
Weymouth, UK23 contributions
Not quite there.
Sep 2021
Came here on a beautiful day so was in a good frame to judge this unique place. It was well worth the visit, seeing so many houses from history and the beautiful scenery. So now to the reason for taking off 2 stars: 1. After seeing so many houses I couldn't help but think they're all th same with a few tweaks, they could learn a lesson from Buckler's Hard where you can see actual scenes with manequins, lighting, atmosphere and sounds, and also a guide at a steal of a price. 2. The cafe is in a lovely setting, great coffee but the mushroom in a bap looked so cheap (but wasn't!) with the lack of a side salad. Not quite there!
Written September 24, 2021
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Sarah S
8 contributions
History brought to life
Sep 2021 • Friends
Fascinating place full of history!

So much to see - a full day out. The wonderful volunteers are so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Interesting to see such a historical timeline of history all in one place. Thankful the buildings were saved and are kept for us all to enjoy and learn from.

Lovely happy staff in the cafe - yummy veggie options too!

Don't miss the cooking in the tudor bake house or exploring the herbs in the kitchen gardens.
Written September 23, 2021
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perle369
Malaga, Spain1,792 contributions
Interesting
Aug 2021
This was interesting but spoilt by the fact that so many of the houses were closed up. The staff are very nice and knowledgeable. However the cafe was a disappointment. They lost our order and were waited about an hour for our food, even after reminding them twice. The meals were just OK, nothing special.
Written September 21, 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 10:30 AM - 6:00 PM