Chiltern Open Air MuseumChalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire
Come as close as you can to the past as you explore the homes and workplaces of ordinary people from the Iron Age to World War II. There are plenty more mesmerising attractions to explore too like the orchards, the Village Green, farms and woodland.
Not sure where to begin? Get acquainted with this 45-acre site down below and start planning your day out now!
Begin your quest by touring the impressive collection of historic buildings. This collection includes a 1940s post-war prefab, tin chapel, blacksmith's forge, WW1 and WW2 Nissen huts, Iron Age roundhouse, furniture factory, vicarage, granary, Victorian farm, Edwardian toilets, cobbler's shop, Victorian tollhouse, and a cottage made from earth!
The museum also has a traditional working farm with rare-breed livestock. Look out for the goats, sheep, chickens, ducks and cows at various points around the site.
Learn about historic ways of life and look out for traditional craft demonstrations such as straw plaiting and blacksmithing, which take place on selected days. There are plenty of opportunities to dress up, play with historic toys and games, build models of barns and have lots of space to run around and discover. Visit the traditional cottage gardens and discover what is growing in the 'Dig for Victory' allotment.
Grab yourself a cup of tea and a slice of cake while the kids play in the new adventure playground. There are lots of re-enactments and special events including Medieval Jousting, Roman Gladiators, Britain at War, Ragged Victorians, and the Viking Raid.
In school holidays there are Terrific Tuesdays with special themed family activities and clay modelling. Please visit the museum website for the full events programme.
Got some food preferences or dietary requirements in your family? You'll be happy to know that you are well-catered for as there are many allergens and vegan-friendly options available too. The cafe is located in Skippings Barn.
Once you've munched away your delicious lunch, head over to the gift shop. You'll discover all kinds of treasures and of charming items to take away with you.
Dogs on leads are welcome on site. Mobility scooters are available to borrow (please book in advance). You can also find an accessibility guide on the museum's website. You'll find out all about sensory backpacks, blue badge parking, hearing loops and more!
Friday - Monday 10:00 - 17:00
School holidays opening times:
Open every day from 10:00 - 17:00
Seasonal opening times:
19th March to 26th October 10:00 to 17:00
Pricing & Tickets
Book in advance for cheapest tickets
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Yes, there is parking onsite.