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“Outstanding museum”

Weald & Downland Living Museum
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Singleton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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 cafe, or bring a picnic and choose your perfect spot by the mill pond. Children are free to run, play and learn. You'll experience 950 years of England's rural heritage during 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!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Outstanding museum”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

An outstanding museum, great atmosphere and they even sell the great Swedish Gransfors Bruks axes.
I have been there many times and am a regular visitor for the ploughing and threshing annual events. What a magnificent day out, they sure did build better houses back in those days! Interesting is the audio guide to one of the houses, by former Patron of the museum and expert on timber framed buildings.

Some of the craftsmen there are a little unfriendly and patronising, for example the lathe turner. However, I guess they just embody a tradition of 'apprenticeship' where people have to go through harsh training to get as skilled as they are. Thus they do not suffer fools.

Visited August 2012
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Farnham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Go when the weathers good!”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

Great in the summer, superbly reconstructed old buildings give a good idea of the history of 'everyday' British architecture.

Visited August 2012
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Wellington, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Absolutely A1”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

I’m a New Zealander working and travelling in England, and I’m especially interested in historic buildings. I found out about the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum quite by chance, and I made a detour in my sightseeing trip especially to see it. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s an awesome place – wonderfully reconstructed buildings, some furnished as they would have been in the era they were built in, some partially unfinished inside, showing the detail of their construction. And some had ‘stewards’ in period costume to show me through the house and answer all my questions. There are period gardens, livestock, cart horses, farm machinery, a coppice and a working watermill that makes flour that is sold at the Museum shop. The Museum also has numerous displays that illustrate “historic building technology, building trades and rural crafts, especially woodland and timber management, agriculture and land management, and domestic life”.

To me, the Museum was like a master class in historical buildings and the lives of the people who inhabited them – and I just loved it. I can’t recommend it highly enough. And if you visit, go by bus from Chichester to Singleton. The double-decker bus trip through the Sussex countryside is wonderful, as is the tiny village of Singleton, with its crooked lanes, thatched cottages, and Saxon church. It was a day to remember.

Visited December 2012
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Chichester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
169 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Great value day out”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Good location for all the family, although small children may get tired walking. Many buildings to visit with good informative guide and information boards, nice cafe and shop. Best value to visit when an event is on but for a quieter day, avoid them as can be very well attended but as such a large site not always a problem. Dogs welcome (on a lead I assume) as there are farm animals. When our children were small we had a season ticket which was very good value and well used.

Visited November 2012
Thank SuzonB64
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Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Always so much to see and do”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

I pay annually to be a friend of the museum and it is such good value. They have special events on practically every month which you get in for free. It's in a beautiful location.

Visited November 2012
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