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Chiltern Open Air Museum

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Address: Newland Park Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St. Giles HP8 4AB, England
Phone Number:
+44 1494 871117
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Nice little museum

There is a antique car show at the museum when we visit there. about a hundred well-maintained old cars, bicycles are showed side by side. We can touch them and take pictures with... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed February 5, 2017
Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2017

There is a antique car show at the museum when we visit there. about a hundred well-maintained old cars, bicycles are showed side by side. We can touch them and take pictures with them.A different experience to us. My 8 yrs old daughter like it alot. Besides that, the black smith experience is also a high light.All in all, its... More 

Thank StanleyTong
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

We joined up as members in the middle of the summer, money well spent, we've had the best weekends here, every member of staff are all fantastic and passionate, bearing in mind the volunteer here, just shows what a wonderful place it is, as even the staff are happy! The role play weekend are great, we have learnt so much.... More 

Thank Colin M
Chalfont St Giles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016

Have just come home from a wonderful afternoon exploring the site - the children loved the 'big horses', sheep close enough to really see even though the size of the cows in the paddock were daunting to the littlest! We didn't visit Santa because there was too much to do - making snow flakes (Daddy got into a pickle), making... More 

Thank SonnyDisposition
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

I bought an annual pass and visited several times this year. Had we had more free time, we'd have been lots more too. The children loved it and showed no signs of getting bored. Periodically during open season, the museum runs themed weekends, which involve reenactments and themed activities. This year we saw suffragettes protesting, watched an Elizabethan sword fight,spoke... More 

Thank Mugawump
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Needing to find something out about Iron Age Roundhouses for our grandson's half term homework project we turned to Google and up popped the Chiltern Open Air Museum (COAM) at Chalfont St Giles. A trek around the M25 brought us to what was probably one of the best days out we have experienced for many years. With reasonable entry costs,... More 

Thank Cerys D
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

What a wonderful place its set in a beautiful area with lots to see, and wonderful people to talk to. They have some great building with all he thing that people used to live for 2000 years. the café was really fantastic and very good quality the staff were lovely and couldn't do enough for us. You walk around in... More 

Thank William H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

Me and my partner came here with the knowledge things would not always be open as it was September and a week day. We left our children behind as they would be bored walking around into old fashioned houses, as most would. However, we found it very interesting and enjoyed the walk. I think the negative reviews are people simply... More 

Thank Michael H
Ealing, London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

So calming to come here after a hectic week. Farm animals, fresh air, fields, fun, folk music and forest. We love it. The kids love to play with the old fashioned toys and will walk lots knowing that there's Purbeck salted caramel ice cream at the end!

Thank paintingporter
Dartford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

Great selection of buildings and all so beautifully preserved. Plenty of information boards detailing the history of each building. The enthusiastic volunteers are a mine of information. We were fortunate to visit on a very quiet day, so it seemed we had the place to ourselves. Small café serving some lovely cakes and a tea hut with a limited selection.... More 

Thank lynne j
St. Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

The Chiltern Open Air Museum is set in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside and affords magnificent views over the fields and forests of this picturesque region. It is easily accessible from London via the M40 or M25 motorways. Manned by friendly volunteers the centre is very welcoming and offers many interesting events throughout the year. These events and the... More 

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