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Welcome to the Weald & Downland Living Museum

Come and discover rescued traditional rural buildings set in a beautiful landscape, which tell the stories of the men, women and children who lived and worked in them over 1,000 years.

Enjoy the Museum’s 40-acre site and visit our collection of historic buildings – we have 50 to explore from a replica Anglo-Saxon hall house to an Edwardian tin tabernacle church. There is a regular programme of domestic and craft 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 or enjoy your own picnic.


  • Our gift shop is open for late night shopping on two special dates! Join us 4pm-7pm for discounts, free beer tasting (courtesy of Hepworth Brewery) and complimentary sweet treat nibbles on Wednesday 29 November and Wednesday 6 December. Annual Members  get double discount and save 20% on shop purchases and local residents save 10%.
  • We will be setting up for our Christmas Market from Tuesday 21 November – our apologies for any inconvenience.
  • Our winter opening hours are in effect: we are open 10.30am-4pm daily (café hours 9am-4pm).
  • There is no entry fee to use our gift shop and stunning new waterside café, Wattle & Daub? Both are dog friendly. Pop in for lunch!
  • We are reconstructing two exciting new exhibit buildings, a dairy and bakehouse, near the watermill.
  • Free entry for National Lottery Players, 11 December 2017 – find out more.

Interested in historic tools, trades and crafts? Our extensive artefact collection is housed in our award-winning Downland Gridshell Building – take a free tour daily at 1.30pm. We also have a comprehensive reference library.

Perhaps you would like to try an event day, inspired by the Museum’s collections? We also run an extensive programme of adult education courses in traditional rural trades and crafts and in building conservation, plus two MSc programmes.

Customer reviews:

“If you love old buildings this is a must. Beautiful old houses staffed by knowledgeable volunteers. It is a slice of history coupled with a stunning setting.”
TripAdvisor, October 2017

” The kids loved being allowed to climb into all the houses and the new play area was a hit!”
TripAdvisor, October 2017

“Was a fantastic fun-filled family day. All the staff were helpful and friendly. Can not recommend enough.”
TripAdvisor, October 2017

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