Chiltern Open Air Museum

The Chiltern Open Air museum has a phased reopening planned from 26th March. We visited the museum a couple of times last year and really enjoyed it. It’s a lovely place to visit with loads of space, a great little adventure playground and farm animals.

Their new opening days will be Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Plus Tuesdays during the Bucks school holidays. The museum shop will re-open on 12th April.

What’s at the Chiltern Open Air Museum

Step back in time and explore over 35 reconstructed historic buildings, including an  Iron Age roundhouse, Medieval and Tudor barns, a furniture factory from High Wycombe and WW1 and WW2 Nissan Huts. You’ll also find a working Victorian farm, complete with animals.

What’s there for little ones?

There’s a great adventure playground with little forts for them to climb around in, slides and a rope swing. We first visited when Ashley was just over 2 and she could do most things in it at that age.

She also loved the animals on the farm and the old tractors. You’ll find sheep, chickens, cows and goats on the farm.


Walks around the grounds

The Chiltern Open Air Museum is located on a 45 acre beautiful site. You’ll find lovely gardens and orchards to walks around as well s the woodland. They have four marked trails around the woodland. In the Spring the woodlands are filled with bluebells so would be a really lovely walk.

The museum also has an orienteering course and you can choose from a 1km, 1.5km and 2km route.

Is everything open?

No, due to Covid you are not able to go inside any of the historic buildings, however most of the doors are open so you can still have a look inside. The cafe is also closed, but you can get take-away drinks and snacks from the Village Kitchen. There are loads of picnic benches so last time we just took our own picnic.

Best bits: The adventure playground was a huge hit with Ashley. The Chiltern Open Air Museum overall is a lovely safe place to go for a walk, see the animals and let you little ones run around.

Worst bits: There’s not loads there for kids, but it is a nice place to visit and let them have a run around.

Cost: Adults cost £6.82 (or £7.50 with a donation), Children (4-16) cost £5.45 (or £6 with donation) and under 4s are free. These prices are for grounds admission only as the buildings are currently closed.

Tickets: Must be purchased in advance. Click here to buy.

Pram friendly: Yes

Bike & scooter friendly: I’m not sure whether these are permitted.

Covid measures: All of the buildings are closed due to Covid so you can only visit outside. There were one-way systems in places as well.

Location & parking: Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire. Free parking onsite.

Sat nav: HP8 4AB

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