Welcome to the Weald & Downland Living Museum

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.

Enjoy our 40-acre site and visit our collection of historic buildings – we have more than 50 to explore from a replica Anglo-Saxon hall house to an Edwardian tin tabernacle church. There is 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 café (also dog-friendly) or enjoy your own picnic.

Take a look at our what’s on calendar for upcoming shows, demonstrations, theatre productions and more.

Interested in historic trades and crafts? We also run a broad range of adult education courses in traditional rural trades and crafts and in historic building conservation, plus two MSc programmes.


Recent reviews:

“I LOVED this outing. We live an hour away and will be coming back. I was transported back in time and want to move in there.”
Trip Advisor, June 2018

“I first visited the Weald and Downland Museum in the 1980’s and have been back ever since. The setting is beautiful and well worth a visit on its own. The buildings and exhibitions make it interesting for all ages; it’s a full day out… A special thanks to the mill staff who were so friendly and took time to explain and demonstrate the workings of Lurgashall Mill to my 6 year old.”
Trip Advisor, June 2018

“Great day out, suitable for young and old alike. We had a great time, some buildings we were able to identify with as they were from the area we live in… Not too expensive to get in, which is a bonus these days. Will definitely go again in the future.”
Facebook review, June 2018

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