Set in 50 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside is a very special place to wander amongst a fascinating collection of nearly 50 historic buildings dating from the 13th to the 19th century, many with period gardens, together with farm animals, woodland walks and a picturesque lake.
Rescued from destruction, the buildings have been carefully dismantled, conserved and rebuilt to their original form and bring to life the homes, farmsteads and rural industries of the last 500 years.
Wander through these exhibits at your leisure - a majestic timber framed farmhouse from Kent; a striking market hall from Hampshire; a Victorian school; a medieval shop; carpenters, plumbers and brickmakers workshops; barns; a granary and a tread wheel from the South Downs.
Many of the interiors have been furnished, recreating the way the buildings were used by their owners centuries ago: seven historic gardens show the herbs, vegetables and flowers grown to meet the needs of rural households from medieval to Victorian times.
See bread, pottage and sweetmeats being prepared in the working Tudor kitchen, you may even be invited to sample the results!
Pause at the working water mill where stone ground flour is produced daily, experience a recreated Tudor farm, enjoy a picnic by the millpond or a walk in the woods. Delight in the company of our rare and traditional breeds of farm livestock - working horses, cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry. See traditional farming in action and heavy horses at work.
Demonstrators regularly show their skills and everyone you meet will be happy to talk about how people lived and worked. Discover the skills of the early carpenters, find out about traditional building techniques and learn how we help to conserve rural crafts.
Hens peck in the straw, woolly faced sheep chew the downland grass and Shire horses work in the fields. Enjoy the rhythm of the traditional countryside and unspoilt landscape.
For a complete contrast visit the Downland Gridshell, the Museum's workshop and store for supporting collections - in an amazing award-winning architectural tour de force, the first timber gridshell in Britain. Tours daily at 1.30pm.
Children will enjoy the freedom to roam in safety and gain hands-on experience of the Museums buildings, gardens and animals.
The Museum is open all year round. For opening times please telephone the Museum office on 01243 811363 or visit the website, www.wealddown.co.uk
From the north take the A286 signposted to Chichester.
From the west or east approaching on the A27 enter Chichester and take the A286 north to Midhurst.
From the west or east approaching on the A272 enter Midhurst and take the A286 south to Chichester.
Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
The museum is served by Stagecoach Coastline buses on the number 60 route between Bognor Regis, Chichester, Midhurst, Haslemere and Guildford. Call 0845 1210170 for details or visit their website.
Stagecoach Coastline offer combined entry to the Museum and unlimited travel on all Stagecoach Coastline buses. Just ask the driver for a 'Weald and Downland ticket'. At £8 for adults and £5 for children or £20 for a family this is excellent value.
The nearest rail station is Chichester 7 miles to the south of the Museum. Trains from London Victoria, Gatwick Airport, Brighton and Portsmouth pass through Chichester.
Trains from London Waterloo station pass through Haslemere rail station, 14 miles north of the Museum.
For timetable information contact Network Rail
Contact Chichester Cab Company
The museum is approximately one hour's drive from London Gatwick Airport, one and a half hours from London Heathrow Airport and one hours drive from Southampton Airport.
The museum is about 45 minutes drive from the ferry terminal at Portsmouth on the M27,A27 and A286; one and a half hours from Newhaven ferry port on the A27 and A286 and approximately two hours drive from Dover and the Channel Tunnel via M20, M25, A3 and A286.