Vale & Downland Museum
Vale & Downland Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
Monday
9:30 AM - 3:45 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 3:45 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 3:45 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 3:45 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 3:45 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 3:45 PM
About
The Vale and Downland Museum is located in the busy market town of Wantage in Oxfordshire, UK. The museum has been nationally acclaimed as an outstanding example of community partnership. The range of services is very broad ranging, from galleries interpreting the cultural heritage of the Vale of White Horse region, to a cafe with a delightful terrace and garden. It also acts as a springboard for residents and visitors to enjoy and appreciate the countryside around Wantage.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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LouL
Slough, UK32 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Excellent visit again. We love visiting this museum, always try make time to visit. My favourite part are the videos and the light up section. The lady who was talking us is always helpful and informative, a real asset to the museum!
Written March 16, 2022
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Thank you so much for your 5* review. We are so pleased you enjoy visiting the museum, I will pass on your lovely comments to all our front of house team. We hope to welcome you back again soon.
Written March 17, 2022
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GaryC
Oxford, UK22 contributions
Dec 2020
Went here with family friends to have a warm chocolate during the Wantage Dickensian Evening in 2019. Really lovely place! Run by volunteers and what a great job they do. Also nice to see the little shop still running. Will try the museum at the back next time I'm there as I know it's been renovated.
Written April 18, 2021
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Mark R
Telford, UK321 contributions
Mar 2022
Literally popped in for a coffee and so had a cheese scone at the same time. Luckily it was quiet (just 4 others) and so plenty of room. Service was very good & very friendly. Coffee was hot (many others are just pathetic lukewarm offerings) and scone was good.

A happy Bunny of a customer.
Written April 11, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, we really appreciate it. I will make sure to pass on your lovely comments to our café team and hope to see you again.
Written July 14, 2022
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Marion M
5 contributions
Jan 2023
Popped into this lovely local museum this morning to get out of the rain! What a super place. Excellent exhibits and explanations and a very good cafe. We will be back - quite new to the Wantage area so pleased to find somewhere to take our visitors if they are not able to enjoy the local countryside because of the weather or mobility issues.
Written January 10, 2023
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sandyandchris
Wantage, UK18 contributions
Dec 2015 • Family
This is such a well presented and interesting Museum, with well put together displays, both physical and via technology.

Drinks and refreshments are available in the on site cafe.
Written March 15, 2016
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Davyhulme
Chester41 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
It is off the centre of Wantage but well worth seeking out. We visited it on a Wednesday and were on our own most of the time going round. The staff are very helpful and as my partner is disabled and on a scooter the went out of there way to assist us. Please ask if steps are a problem as there is a ramp. The exhibits are interesting and there is a viewing studio explaining all about the Vale of the White Horse. This museum should be on the itinerary of all visitors to Oxfordshire. There is a small cafe there and the food and staff are excellent. A very pleasant afternoon out
Written October 3, 2015
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Harry F
Kettering, UK5 contributions
Aug 2012 • Family
Absolute delight ! Probably the best 'local' museum we've visited. Filled with people of all ages but the sound of kids enjoying themselves the best impression. Can't wait to bring our grandchildren.
Written August 29, 2012
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Jacqueline L
Oxford59 contributions
Jun 2012 • Family
Lack of parking near to the Museum. But well worth a visit
Written July 1, 2012
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LouL
Slough, UK32 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Lovely little museum, we always visit when we're in Wantage! We love the videos and the 'lights' at the start of the museum!! The staff are always friendly and very helpful! Excellent for families!
Written August 27, 2020
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Thank you so much for your 5* review and continuing to support the museum. We are so pleased that you enjoy visiting us.
Written August 29, 2020
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Brenda B
Swindon 21 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Great museum ,well presented .very friendly staff .Quizes very interactive .Booked talk on how Anglo Saxons brushed their hair well delivered and fun .
Well worth the trip . Excellant cake and tea .
Written August 25, 2020
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Thank you for your 5* review. We are so glad that you enjoyed visiting the museum and taking part in our Summer Discovery Session about Anglo Saxons.
Written August 29, 2020
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