Photo of historic gardens tour at the Weald & Downland Living Museum

Guided Tours

The Museum offers a wonderful selection of pre-bookable tours for groups of up to 20 people, priced at £60 per party. Tours typically last 1½ hours.

NB: we require a minimum of one months notice to book tours, please call us on 01243 811459  or email us.

Downland Gridshell tour

The Museum’s award-winning Downland Gridshell Building was the first timber gridshell building to be constructed in this country. Completed in 2002, it is an iconic building which draws visitors from across the UK and beyond to view this unique example of the technique. This tour can be tailored to those with specific interest in architecture or carpentry, as well as general interest in the building.

An introduction to the Museum 

Why not join one our expert guides for a fun and informal tour of the beautiful Museum site. Find out about the fascinating origins of the Museum, the work involved in moving and reconstructing buildings here and some of the people stories relating to the homes and workplaces. Please let us know of any specific interests of your group; we can tailor the tour to your interests.

Field to plate 
Where did food come from? And what were the processes involved? Join this multi-sensory tour of the Museum to find out more about our rural ancestors’ connection to the land. From our market square to historic gardens and Tudor kitchen, you will see, smell and even taste foodstuffs our ancestors know.

Tales of Tudor times
Fascinated by the Tudors? A unique opportunity to find out about the lives, food, clothing and homes of ordinary people. Your guide will be dressed in clothing of the Tudor period and explain the garments from this time. Discover how people lived through the use of objects, stories and first-hand accounts of this turbulent period.

Earning your crust
What was life really like in a beautiful little thatched cottage? Making a living was a struggle for many of the people who lived in the homes at the Museum. From the low points of a failed harvest to high points of seasonal festivities we’ll give a rounded view of extraordinary details or ordinary life using historical sources. Your guide will explain the crafts, skills and labour that sustained basic living for the rural poor.

Specialist tours

We offer specialist tours, which include the topics of woodland management, vernacular architecture, various crafts, historic gardens, timber framing and more.

How to book

There’s plenty of free coach, minibus and car parking at the Museum – plus a drink voucher for the driver.

For more information and to book, please call us on 01243 811459  or email us.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to welcoming you to the Museum soon.