Shire horses harvesting


The Weald and Downland museum is set in 40 acres of glorious Downland countryside in the Lavant Valley at the centre of the South Downs National Park. Strolling around you will be close to the rhythm of the countryside and a quieter simpler age.

Shire horses and Sussex cattle oxen will work in the fields using 19th century implements or haul carts as they pass by. In the valley traditional crops are grown, some on a recreated medieval strip system. Sheep will graze the lower slopes and higher up you can explore the traditionally managed woodlands that provide timber and fuel for the Museum.

Stop at the houses with their authentic period gardens and, when you are weary, picnic by the millpond or simply sit and absorb the sights, smells and sounds of this unique place.