Chiltern Open Air Museum
CHALFONT ST GILES, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
Chiltern Open Air Museum is an independent charity, established over 30 years ago, with the aim of preserving some of the historic buildings that are unique examples of the heritage of the Chilterns. The museum is now home to more than 30 historic buildings all rescued from demolition and re-erected on this 45-acre woodland and parkland site. Events take place weekends and school holidays throughout the season, please check website for details.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Some paths, areas and historic buildings not accessible
- Facilities: Braille, audio guides, hearing loop. Wheelchairs & electric scooters available - pre-booking advised
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open 29 Mar-Oct, daily 10-5 (last admission 3.30)
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About the area
Buckinghamshire is a land of glorious beech trees, wide views and imposing country houses. Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli savoured the peace and tranquillity of Hughenden Manor, while generations of statesmen have entertained world leaders at Chequers, the Prime Minister’s rural retreat. Stowe and Waddesdon Manor are fine examples of even grander houses, set amid sumptuous gardens and dignified parkland.
The Vale of Aylesbury is a vast playground for leisure seekers with around 1,000 miles (1,609km) of paths and tracks to explore. Rising above it are the Chiltern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering 308sq miles (798sq km). They are best appreciated in autumn, when the leaves turn from dark green to deep brown. In the southeast corner of the Chilterns lie the woodland rides of Burnham Beeches, another haven for ramblers and wildlife lovers. Although the county’s history is long and eventful, it’s also associated with events within living memory. At Bletchley Park, more than 10,000 people worked in complete secrecy to try and bring a swift conclusion to World War II. Further south, an otherwise unremarkable stretch of railway line was made infamous by the Great Train Robbery in the summer of 1963.
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