Rural Life Centre
“So much to explore at the largest countryside museum in the south of England” - AA Inspector
The museum covers village life from 1750 to 1960. It is set in over ten acres of garden and woodland and incorporates purpose-built and reconstructed buildings, including a chapel, pavilion, village hall, schoolroom and 'prefab'. Displays show village crafts and trades, such as wheelwrighting, thatching, ploughing and gardening. The historic village playground provides entertainment for children and a narrow gauge railway operates on Sundays during the summer months. There is an arboretum featuring over 100 trees from around the world. An extensive programme of events takes place throughout the year, please contact for details.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- 2 buildings not wheelchair accessible but can be viewed from outside
- Facilities: 3 wheelchairs for use
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open mid Mar-end Oct, Wed-Sun & BH 10-5; Winter Wed & Sun only 11-4
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About The area
Surrey may be better known for its suburbia than its scenery, but the image is unjust. Over a quarter of the county’s landscapes are official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and along the downs and the greensand ridge you can gaze to distant horizons with hardly a building in sight. This is one of England’s most wooded counties, and has more village greens than any other shire. You’ll find sandy tracks and cottage gardens, folded hillsides and welcoming village inns. There’s variety, too, as the fields and meadows of the east give way to the wooded downs and valleys west of the River Mole.
Of course there are also large built-up areas, mainly within and around the M25; but even here you can still find appealing visits and days out. On the fringe of Greater London you can picnic in Chaldon’s hay meadows, explore the wide open downs at Epsom, or drift idly beside the broad reaches of the stately River Thames. Deep in the Surrey countryside you’ll discover the Romans at Farley Heath, and mingle with the monks at England’s first Cistercian monastery. You’ll see buildings by great architects like Edwin Lutyens and Sir George Gilbert Scott, and meet authors too, from John Donne to Agatha Christie.
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