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.


Visitor reviews:

“It’s the third or fourth time we’ve been and as always it’s brilliant. Great family day out. We have an 11 year old a, 2.5 and a 10 week old and the paths are good for pushchairs there’s plenty to see and do to keep everyone entertained.”
April 2018

“A lovely day out. Interesting buildings and very knowledgeable and friendly volunteers and staff. Always something going on. I can highly recommend the cafe – one of the best cups of tea around and the food is fresh and delicious (well priced too). The fact that dogs are permitted is wonderful, it means we can spend longer enjoying the museum!”
March 2018

“I hadn’t been here since I was at school, over 30 years ago!! It was lovely to see old houses that I remembered and new additions. Really loved the fabulous new visitor centre that was opened last year. Every single one of the staff we encountered around the various houses today was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable, it really added to the day – we saw a real blacksmith in action! The big bonus for us was that dogs are allowed in the grounds.”
March 2018

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