Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
What really stands out for me is the excellent signposting, showing at a glance where each building came from, what it was used for, when it was built, when it was disassembled and rebuilt on the museum site, and what the major characteristics of the building style are. And what a mix of buildings! There's everything here, from a late medieval cottage, complete with traditional garden, to an early 20th century shop, a rough-and-ready village church, and so many styles of houses.
Some of the larger properties have volunteer stewards on site to answer questions, and there are copious information boards on many of the buildings detailing the known history of the property. This truly is a remarkable resource if you have any interest in historic buildings.
Even our 10-year-old daughter, who I feared might be quickly bored, really enjoyed exploring the different types of buildings. We stayed for 4 hours and could easily have stayed for longer if we'd arrived earlier in the day. The Weald and Downland Museum is fabulous historic resource - its like walking through a time capsule! Highly recommended.
About Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
Address: Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex, England, PO18 0EU
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: 6 m N Chichester, on A260
Website: Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
Historic Houses Association
OS: SU872 127
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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