A showcase of the South East's rural architectural heritage, where historic buildings have been rescued from destruction and rebuilt in the South Downs National Park. Vividly demonstrating the evolution of building techniques and use of local materials, these fascinating buildings bring to life the homes, farms and rural industries of the south east of the past 950 years. See also working Shire horses, cattle and traditional breeds of farm animals.
Facilities – at a glance
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: Separate entrance and ramps available for some buildings
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, during BST, 10.30-6 & 10.30-4 the rest of the year. Hrs vary on winter opening & major event days, see website for details. Closed 23-25 Dec
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About the area
Discover West Sussex
Divided from East Sussex back in 1888, West Sussex is so typically English that to walk through its landscape will feel like a walk through the whole country. Within its boundaries lies a wide variety of landscape and coastal scenery, but it is the spacious and open South Downs with which the county is most closely associated.
In terms of walking, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Studying the map reveals a multitude of routes – many of them to be found within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park – and an assortment of scenic long-distance trails leading towards distant horizons; all of them offer a perfect way to get to the heart of ‘Sussex by the sea,’ as it has long been known. If you enjoy cycling with the salty tang of the sea for company, try the ride between Chichester and West Wittering. You can vary the return journey by taking the Itchenor ferry to Bosham.
West Sussex is renowned for its many pretty towns, of course. Notably, there is Arundel, littered with period buildings and dominated by the castle, the family home of the Duke of Norfolk, that dates back nearly 1,000 years.
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