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Chiltern Open Air Museum

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Address: Newland Park Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St. Giles HP8 4AB, England
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+44 1494 871117
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Chiltern open air museum birthday treat for 88

My sister and I took our mum for her 88th birthday, particularly as it was recommended and that the museum was open air. Mum is wheelchair bound so it was really lovely that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
SunshineSandi16
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My sister and I took our mum for her 88th birthday, particularly as it was recommended and that the museum was open air. Mum is wheelchair bound so it was really lovely that wherever we visited mum had access. The Chiltern Open Air Museum did not disappoint. It was history come alive, particularly for mum who was able to relate... More 

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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354 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful open museum. With blacksmiths candle making horses sheep Iron Age baking and a raft of other interesting buildings and exhibits. Well with the visit and the playground is great too. Heartily recommended.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Seen clips from here on TV & decided to visit.We really enjoyed it,the staff were pleasant & helpful.Buildings range from an Iron Age house to 40's prefab which I particularly enjoyed as I was in one in my childhood

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Bedfordshire
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its always nice when you find a hidden gem....and this place is certainly that. A really interesting array of buildings etc and enough to keep adults and kids amused & also learn at the same time...they especially loved the talking wishing well. When you consider the place is run by volunteers you really appreciate the efforts. Friendly staff and the... More 

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london
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We used the 2for1 Garden Visit Pass today for family of 2 adults and 1 child. Before we head out we checked the web site and it said the card is valid for the whole property without specifying any special conditions. But when we got there we were told the card can only be used for the cheapest tickets, ie... More 

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ChilternOAM, Visitor Experience Manager at Chiltern Open Air Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments following your recent visit, and I'm sorry that there was some confusion regarding your '2 for 1' voucher. We are discussing this with Gardener's World (who issued your voucher) to confirm that they are fully aware of our conditions. We apologise if their website was unclear, and will ask them... More 

London
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Chiltern Open Air Museum or COAM is a great way to spend the day for both children and adults. There are many different buildings, through the ages to investigate with a variety of gardens on show. Plus sheep and Shire horses. The COAM covers a large area so wear comfy shoes. The day we went there was a medieval... More 

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ChilternOAM, Visitor Experience Manager at Chiltern Open Air Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to pass on your comments following your recent visit. We were really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time at the Museum, and we agree that comfy shoes are definitely a must for a visit here. We are an independent museum and registered charity, receiving no regular financial support from local or national... More 

United Kingdom
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34 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We live fairly local to COAM but have never been before. So we decided to make a day of it on the first day of the school Easter holidays. We weren't really sure what to expect, and with a seven and four year old, weren't sure how long they would remain interested. Anyway, we need not have worried. First of... More 

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ChilternOAM, Visitor Experience Manager at Chiltern Open Air Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to pass on your feedback, and it's great to hear that you and your family enjoyed your visit. The Museum site covers around 45 acres of beautiful Chilterns landscape and, with over 30 historic buildings to explore, you're right: it's incredibly rare for it to feel overcrowded. We work hard to keep it feeling... More 

London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

An amazing place for the family even if it's just a pop in and walk around. Many historical buildings dotted around and people who can give a little history if asked. One massive plus is becoming a member it's well worth visiting. Don't forget to See the shire horses they are Amazing

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ChilternOAM, Visitor Experience Manager at Chiltern Open Air Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely comments, we were delighted to hear that you'd enjoyed your visit (and we agree that it's well worth becoming a member: for just under the cost of three visits, you can visit the Museum whenever you like during the open season, and entry to almost all our events is free). We're also glad... More 

London
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Been meaning to visit for over a year and have to say it was disappointing... Not much to see, I left not fully understanding what the museum was about and with that admission fee, I think I'd rather go back to the free museums in London...

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ChilternOAM, Visitor Experience Manager at Chiltern Open Air Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback, and I'm sorry to hear that your visit wasn't quite what you expected. Here at Chiltern Open Air Museum we rescue and re-erect threatened historic buildings, which is explained on on our website, on the welcome board when you arrive and also on the information boards inside our buildings, including on a larger information display... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Went there with my grandchildren and had a wonderful day. A little hard to find as the GPS couldn't find it at first! A series of historic houses in a fabulous country park setting. I particularly liked the prefab as I have never been inside one but used to live near many. Another highlight was day old lambs and a... More 

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ChilternOAM, Visitor Experience Manager at Chiltern Open Air Museum, responded to this review

Dear Judith I wanted to thank you for leaving your lovely review. We were so pleased to hear that you and your grandchildren enjoyed your time at the Museum. I'll certainly pass on your feedback to our volunteers, who will also be delighted: they give so much of their time to support the Museum, and love to hear that they've... More 

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