Come and discover rescued rural homes and buildings set in a beautiful landscape in the South Downs National Park. The Weald and Downland Museum collection tells the stories of the people who lived and worked in rural South East England over 1,000 years.

The Museum is open to visitors all year. Don’t forget to check their what’s on pages for special event days. Or perhaps you’d like to join them for a day course during your visit?

Please note that, due to the open air site, they operate summer and winter opening hours for safety reasons.

2020 dates

  • 1 January – 23 December 2020: open daily
  • 24-25 December 2020: closed for Christmas
  • 26-27 December 2020: open daily
  • 28-31 December 2020: closed for Christmas holidays

Opening hours

  • 10.30am – 6pm during British Summer Time (late March to late October).
    10.30am – 4pm at other times.

A dog friendly museum

Enjoy a family-friendly and dog-friendly 40-acre site and visit our collection of historic buildings – more than 50 to explore from a replica Anglo-Saxon hall house to an Edwardian tin church.

There is a regular programme of demonstrations, including milling in the 17th century working watermill; cooking in a Tudor kitchen; plus seasonal demonstrations. Take a walk in the woods, visit the waterside café or enjoy your own picnic.

Learning Opportunities

Interested in historic trades and crafts? The museum also run a broad range of courses in traditional rural trades and crafts and in historic building conservation, (plus two MSc programmes).

To visit the Weald and Downland Museum near Chichester contact Holt Services