Weald and Downland Museum, West Sussex

Weald and Downland Museum, West Sussex

If you love history and architecture do make sure you visit the Weald and Downland Museum in West Sussex.

weald and downland museum west sussex

This excellent museum showcases rural buildings over the centuries and is open throughout the year. They also have special day and weekend events. This April 14th – 15th 2018 there will be a Rural Life Weekend.

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Amberley Village

Amberley Village

Amberley Village

One of the prettiest I know in West Sussex.

The setting is lovely: You look up to the slope of the South Downs on the east side. The River Arun and the wild brooks are on the on the south and west sides.

The village has its own castle – in use as a hotel and wedding venue. Even if you are not staying at the hotel you can walk around the back of the building on your way into the wild brooks.

The Wild Brooks

Whilst you are in the area do visit the Pulborough Brooks. This is an Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) site – open throughout the year and a haven for birds. This area often floods in the winter.

Amberley Working Museum

Another place to see is the Working Museum. This is an interesting use of an old chalk pit above the railway station which is now home to old agricultural and industrial machinery, nearly all of it still functioning.

Many of the houses round here are truly beautiful, with thatched roofs and plenty of lovely old brick and tile work. You can see a couple in my photo below.

Amberley is a 30 minute drive from Steyning

Read about Arundel .. a short distance from Amberley

Wander round the streets of Steyning!

Wander round the streets of Steyning!

Visit the museum and Norman Church

Founded in the eighth or ninth century and an important town by the 11th & 12th centuries, there is plenty of interest for anyone who enjoys history and architecture.

Call in at the local museum in Church Street & you receive a warm welcome from the volunteers there.

Steyning is at the foot of the South Downs in West Sussex & 10 miles from Brighton.