Here are all the practical details you need to plan your next visit to the Weald & Downland Living Museum. If you would like further information, or have any queries or special requirements, please contact us.
WHEN ARE WE OPEN?
We are open 7 days a week (Mon-Sun) from 10.30am to 4pm/6pm (BST). The Museum is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and 28-31 December.
DUE TO COVID-19 A FEW THINGS HAVE CHANGED…
To ensure the Museum is operating inline with Government Guidelines and social distancing restrictions can be maintained, entry to the Museum will be through timed, pre-booked tickets only. We ask that all visitors keep to the ‘rule of 6‘ when onsite at all times. Tickets are available to book online and will need to be booked in advance before arrival.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON MY VISIT?
- We welcome all visitors to park in our main car park (turn left on entry to the Museum). The parking will have clear ‘parking bay’ signage. Please follow signs for disabled parking, which is at the bottom of the hill, just up from the Museum entrance.
- Entrance to the Museum will be via the normal admissions area. Here you will need to present your pre-booked ticket(s) for scanning, before entering the site. Perspex screens have been installed where necessary and face coverings will be required whilst inside the Museum’s admissions area, shop, cafe and gallery space/s .
- You will notice additional health and safety protocols have been put in place, these include additional signage, way finding markers, queuing systems, safety screens and contactless transactions, as well as increased cleaning and sanitisation.
- We ask that any payments made on site for food/drink or in our shop are made by card and contactless if possible. You will not be able to make purchases by cash.
- If you have to queue to enter the Museum you will be asked to keep a two-metre gap between you and those around you. Additional signage will be visible to act as a reminder.
- Toilets will remain open across the site. All toilets will be made unisex with a one-group-in-one-out system to ensure social distancing can be maintained. We ask you to please keep a 2-metre distance if you have to queue.
- The café will be open 10.30am – 5pm for a take-away service only and will include hot and cold refreshments, and a take away lunch offer between 12-3pm. There will be a one way queuing system in place and you will be asked to maintain a 2-metre gap when queuing.
- We have an onsite refreshments cart located near the stables. This will be open daily from 12-3pm. Contactless payment only.
- We do encourage visitors to bring their own picnics to enjoy in the scenic grounds of the Museum. However, we advise all visitors to follow correct social distancing guidelines at all times, and ask that they leave the Museum as they wish to find it by using the bins provided.
We will continue to monitor government guidance during this time and will adapt our opening arrangements to adhere to any new requirements, therefore please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for any future updates.
How to find us
The Museum is located on Town Lane in Singleton, which is 7 miles north of Chichester.
By car: the Museum can be reached via the A286 Chichester to Midhurst road. The postcode is PO18 0EU. Follow the brown tourist attraction signs marked ‘Open Air Museum’. There is a free car park and disabled parking spaces are available opposite the Museum shop.
By bus: catch the Stagecoach 60 service, which runs between Chichester bus station (opposite Chichester railway station) and Midhurst – the Museum is a 5-minute walk from the Grooms Yard stop in Singleton. Buses run every 30 minutes Monday – Saturday. On Sundays buses run every hour. For an up-to-date timetable visit the Stagecoach website.
By train: the Museum is 7 miles from Chichester rail station and 15 miles from Haslemere station. Visit Southern Rail for trains and timetable information.
Due to COVID-19 our gift shop is currently closed and will be reopening in Autumn. The gift shop closes 30 minutes before the Museum closes. Museum opening times vary for certain large events – see our what’s on section for details or call us on 01243 811363.
Admission to our annual shows is included in the standard Museum admission price. Please note that a reduced entry price may apply for certain events (e.g. the Christmas Market). Events marked as ‘ticketed’ require pre-booking. All admission tickets are available to buy online.
Dogs are welcome and can enter all of the Museum’s buildings with the exceptions of the watermill, Newdigate bakehouse, Dairy and Winkhurst Tudor kitchen, where food is prepared. Dogs are welcome in the first section of our café and on the outdoor deck. Please respect other visitors, plus the wildfowl and our chickens, by keeping your dog on a short lead and under control – extending leads are not permitted. We sell short leads in our shop and our admissions team will lend short leads for the duration of your visit if required.
The Museum is a no smoking site. Smoking is not permitted in our buildings or in the open spaces within the Museum site. You may smoke in the main car park only.
Bicycles, scooters & ball games
For the safety and enjoyment of our visitors, we do not permit bicycles or scooters to be ridden within the Museum grounds. We also kindly ask you to refrain from playing ball games.
Café & picnic areas
The Museum’s café is open to visitors and to the general public and food and drinks are available to take away. The café opens at 10.30am and closes at 5pm in British Summer Time (BST) and 4pm outside BST.
There are picnic benches both next to the mill pond and at quiet locations around our 40-acre site. We also have limited indoor seating within the Museum grounds. You are welcome to return to your car for your picnic – simply show your admission receipt to our shop team for re-admission.
Due to COVID-19 we are unable to take group bookings. Apologies for any inconvenience.
We’re pleased to welcome group visits – please book in advance because we have special admission prices for groups of 15 or more, can arrange bespoke tours and reserve coach parking. Our group rate admission prices for 2018 are:
- Adults £12.30 each
- Adults (60+) £10.60 each
- Children (5–17 years) £4.40 each
Find out more or complete an enquiry form on our group visits page.
For full details of our services for schools, including admission prices, please click here.
Gift shop (currently closed)
You will find a great range of gifts and souvenirs in our shop, including locally-produced foods and crafts.
The site is set on sloping ground and is steep in places. Access is on rural surfaces – mainly rolled or loose chippings – that are in keeping with the nature of the Museum site and our buildings. However, this may cause some difficulty for visitors who use a wheelchair or have impaired mobility.
There is a whole host of accommodation both near to the Museum and in the surrounding area. Take a look at our where to stay pages for more information.
Please feel free to take photographs anywhere on the site, including inside the buildings. If you wish to take photographs (or to film) for commercial purposes, please contact [email protected] or call 01243 811363 in advance of your visit. When filming is taking place at the Museum, any photographs that you take should not be shared with third parties or on social media.