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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: 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; 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. We currently have three new exhibit buildings under construction: 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 which might change your career? Try our courses in traditional rural trades and crafts or historic building conservation.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed April 3, 2014

A wonderful destination for anyone. Interesting recreation of rural life with buildings, activities, costumes etc. Wonderful facilities for children. All done to an impressive and professional standard. Way beyond a normal tourist attraction.

1  Thank Michael F
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"heavy horses"
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"historical buildings"
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"special events"
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"farm animals"
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"on site"
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"great family day"
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"step back in time"
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"all ages"
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"run around"
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"large area"
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"gift aid"
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"school holidays"
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"well worth a visit"
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"lovely setting"
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"south downs"
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"sunny day"
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

Brings to life how ordinary people lived in the past, knowledgeable and friendly volunteer staff
Highly recommended

1  Thank Suze70
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

My wife and I enjoy open air living villages/museums and whilst staying on the south coast we decided to visit the Weald & Downland Museum. It was a good decision as it was very interesting indeed. The TV programme "Tudor Monastery Farm" was filmed there. I have mobility problems and use a mobility scooter to get around. Although I had to be careful because of the surfaces surrounding the buildings, generally I did not have any problems. We spent about 3 hours there and enjoyed our time looking around the open air museum.

Thank TyroneM378
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

A very relaxing way to view a sample of England's less grand architectural heritage. The museum is a credit to those who have made the effort to preserve buildings which might otherwise have been lost. I agree with other reviewers that information on the buildings is quite limited. However, at the time of our visit both the flour mill and smithy were operating and in both cases the operators (especially the smithy) were happy to talk to us. Also, the handler of the draughthorse which was being used to cart rubbish from the on-site bins was very happy to have chat. I can't comment on the café as we enjoyed our own food and drinks, sitting by the lake/pond and watching the ducks. Whilst I would not recommend the museum for young children who are easily bored, at the time of our visit there were several children enjoying themselves playing on the grass and others fascinated by the ducklings.

Thank Ozziegir8l9
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Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

We visited Weald & Downland in October and returned in March so that my husband could undertake one of the rural craft workshops. Disappointingly the workshop was cancelled at short notice but the staff could not have done more to make our family day out worth while despite the let-down.

We found that if you were prepared to engage with the volunteer stewards, there was a wealth of information to be found about each property. Our 4 yr old daughter was invited to make candles, dress up in Tudor costume, and spend time with a musician. An enjoyable family day out and valuable learning experience.

I agree that there is a lost opportunity with the cafe. If the museum were to invest in a healthier and more interesting menu, I think they would be rewarded.

1  Thank Kostyrka
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