Welcome to the Weald & Downland Living Museum

Come and discover rescued rural homes and 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 family-friendly 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 really would recommend this museum to everybody from the young to the older person. There’s lots of things to do with the children lots of interactive activities plenty of space for them to run around and learn all about the old buildings. Really interesting for adults too.”
Trip Advisor, July 2018

“I visited the Weald and Downland museum after seeing a programme on television and I wasn’t disappointed. Its wonderful that the buildings have been saved and beautifully restored and rebuilt in a lovely setting.”
Trip Advisor, July 2018

“Lots to see including many buildings that have been saved from demolition and rebuilt here, some with people practicing ancient trades and traditional crafts, there is so much to learn if you take the time to talk to them.”
Trip Advisor, July 2018

“Glorious day and plenty of warm sunshine, so picnic under the trees to start then over three hours looking at and in the wonderful collection of old local buildings painstakingly rebuilt on this amazing valley setting. Very interesting day out, and very dog friendly place as well.”
Trip Advisor, July 2018

“It is a few years since we last visited this site and we were impressed by the way the Museum has progressed and matured. Fascinating buildings and informative storyboards plus, even on a weekday, a number of staff in key buildings to highlight some of the features and stories. A delight on a sunny day.”
Trip Advisor, July 2018

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