Hamish visited on 7 th March 2005 on a particularly cold day during a rare wintry spell in the South East. He was still in the early stages of recovery from his cruciate ligament operation and was supposed to be on two ten minute walks a day. The museum provided a good day despite the conditions and Hamishs constraints. It houses a fascinating selection of old buildings rescued from destruction across Kent and Sussex . Houses, farm buildings and a working watermill are among the buildings lovingly rebuilt on the site. They date back to the medieval period. Each building is presented as it would have appeared when first built. This enables visitors to glimpse an experience of life in times gone by. We were grateful for the log fires in some of the buildings. These were possibly a bit smaller than might have been the case in some of the buildings histories but made a chat with a museum guide a lot more welcoming. The volunteer guides were very informative and really added to the experience – many of them made a fuss of Hamish. The chats also gave Hamish a chance to rest his poorly leg (the site is much bigger than two ten minute walks a day!). Nearly the whole site is dog friendly. Hamish was only barred from the inside of the working watermill (producing stone ground flour) and medieval kitchen. He was welcome in the rest room / eating area (itself an ancient building) close to the coffee and snack shop. We were also lucky enough to have a guided tour of the grid shell building and museum artefact store. A great day out at any time of the year!
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
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DogPeople Says : Weald and Downland Open Air museum
Award winning museum, on family-friendly and dog-friendly site.
An award – winning museum of over 45 historic buildings set in a beautiful 50 – acre South Downs park and vividly demonstrating the rural homes and workplaces of the past. Traditional farming in action, heavy horses at work and rural craft demonstrations. Special events are held throughout the year.
Please check website for Christmas opening times. Re-opens 1st January 2019 for daily visits.
Well behaved, on leads at all times. Dogs are welcome and can enter all of the Museum’s buildings with the exceptions of the watermill and Winkhurst tudor kitchen. The café is dog friendly, with pets accepted in the first section of the interior space and on the deck outside.
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