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“Architectural history in one spot”

Weald & Downland Living Museum
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Singleton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Come and discover rescued rural buildings set in a beautiful landscape, which tell the stories of the people who lived and worked in them over 1,000 years. Explore our 40-acre site and visit our collection – we have more than 50 historic buildings, from a replica Anglo-Saxon hall house to an Edwardian tin church. Enjoy a regular programme of demonstrations, including milling in our 17th century watermill; cooking in our Tudor kitchen; blacksmithing in our Victorian smithy; plus seasonal demonstrations. Take a walk in the woods, bring the dog (we are dog friendly), visit our waterside cafe or enjoy your own picnic. We currently have three new exhibit buildings under construction: a dairy and bakehouse, near the watermill, plus a late 18th century barn and early 19th century stable known as May Day Farm. Need a new hobby or a new skill? Try our day courses in traditional rural trades and crafts or historic building conservation.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 3 May 2018

It was cold and raining when we visited, but well worth it. The houses, halls and such are a collection from around Sussex, saved from demolition and moved to Singleton. This is a large site with some truly old buildings and very informative staff. We spend ages in the building specifically erected for renovating and maintaining the old homes. Mr Wood, a volunteer of some years, was a wealth of information and a very dedicated and valuable member of their team. I would highly recommend this museum to anyone wanting a glimpse of history.

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"heavy horses"
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"special events"
in 30 reviews
"farm animals"
in 15 reviews
"on site"
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"great family day"
in 14 reviews
"large site"
in 12 reviews
"all ages"
in 52 reviews
"step back in time"
in 25 reviews
"run around"
in 16 reviews
"gift aid"
in 21 reviews
"school holidays"
in 15 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 56 reviews
"south downs"
in 30 reviews
"lovely setting"
in 15 reviews
"water mill"
in 23 reviews
"sunny day"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

We took 4 guests to the museum on Saturday not having visited since New renovations. The three new buildings are very impressive and the staff and volunteers extremely helpful and professional. However, other than the beautiful working mill and one other house which had a volunteer, the stunning building's seemed to have an air of neglect. We could see that some of the building's which were closed off contained extremely interesting pieces which generally looked forgotten and tired and not displayed for one to explore and investigate.
It's an extremely difficult task running such an iconic site with these fabulous volunteers so we don't want to criticize - however one felt the familiar Buzz had gone and the coffee shop etc may have become centre stage - which although is stunning may be slightly sad. There was always such a lovely soul to the place and I hope it emerges again.
Thanks to the volunteers for your hard work!

1  Thank slj1956
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

A wonderful museum with an interesting and wide ranging collection.
The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful - and know their stuff. They are keen to engage and answer your questions as you look around the buildings.
Had to come back another day - one day just wasn't enough. (We paid more for an annual ticket - which requires around three visits to make it worthwhile, We definitely intend to return again within the year).
Wonderful atmosphere - and the sheer size of the museum means it doesn't really feel crowded.
The cafe has a limited range - but is clean, spacious and staffed by friendly people.
All in all - two enjoyable days. Highly recommended.

Thank Tim L
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

This is a credit to whoever came up with this idea & runs this place. Its an exceptional adventure throughout time, attention to detail, and a great blend of indoor & outdoor things to see & enjoy. I would strongly advise not bothering on a rainy day as to enjoy this place properly you end up walking about 2-3 miles albeit at a very leisurely pace. On-site is a bit pants but its a far better experience to take a picnic. Both educational and fun for children of all ages.

Thank rustymonkey
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Super day out and really interesting to see so many 'saved' buildings from times gone by. Nice cafe and on-site shop. Would definitely go again.

Thank pco1
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