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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 new waterside 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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

A wonderful place where buildings are shown as they would have been. It really is a great place which has a great enthusiasm for what they do. Houses & buildings are realistically portrayed without the pomp & brashness of other museums/attractions. Membership for locals like us is cheap & they have many big yearly events on & things to do in the school holidays. Events such as Rare Breeds/Steam show/Sussex food fair & Christmas tree dressing are excellent. They run excellent courses too which I've attended. One of my favourite places plus they let Dogs in on a lead. I can only imagine those negative reviews are from visitors who were expecting a staged interactive attraction like some of the Merlin attractions (Warwick Castle). This is first & foremost a Museum. Those interested in ancient buildings/rural life could spend hours here.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

This museum is set in a lovely location and gives the opportunity to experience an unusual aspect of history. First I notice the previous contributors comment about customer service, and like them I got a 50% discount through deal monster. Personally I think such criticism is unwarranted as obtaining such a discount will come with certain 'terms and conditions', and as such should not have such a negative grading on this museum which really doesn't assist readers in considering a visit. I have been to the museum a few times and would suggest visitor access it via the A286 (north and south) rather than fight their way around the Chichester by pass, on arrival there is ample free parking. We were greeted by a friendly member of staff (as all the staff were) who quickly processed our voucher. As for the museum, I would suggest take a picnic and explore, there is a nice walking circuit where you see most of the reconstructed buildings as well enjoying the lovely Sussex countryside. It is difficult to grade the museum as some people may enjoy the walk, sitting by the pond, learning about historic skills or exploring the old building, basically it tries to offer an insight into many aspects of country life. This museum is different and offers a nice day out and is particularly good for children to learn about a previous time. If there is a criticism, on the door prices could be a little cheaper for families (outside available discounts), and some may find some of the buildings a little similar. From previous experience I would recommend visiting on a special events day and on practical level there is a good value restaurant and ample toilets.

Thank Dun123
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Despite the grey skies and a little rain we spent an enjoyable few hours visiting the site. Lots of authentic buildings, well set up with period gardens on some. Volunteers around the site were helpful and interacted with us on many occasions. We enjoyed feeding the ducks 50p for a big bag of duck food and the biscuits from the mill were tasty!!

Thank Pink_swallow
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

The Weald & Downland collection of relocated buildings gives you an amazing insight into our history. If the weather is good it is quite enjoyable walking from building to building. Learnt quite a bit about the past not a subject I ever did at school. Good reasonably priced cafe as well. Take your time read the signs and reflect on how different our lives are from some of the featured people from the past. my one complaint would be that it is not particularly obvious which way around to go, a few simple directional signs would be very beneficial.

Thank Steve D
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

You really get a genuine impression on life at former times. Farm houses perfectly restored and personnel very attentive and friendly.

Thank Monika L
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