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Chiltern Open Air Museum

Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, HP8 4AB

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Facilities
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Bike storage facilities
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
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Accessibility

Chiltern Open Air Museum is mostly accessible. There are accessible toilets. We have mobility scooters and off-road wheelchairs that can be borrowed (pre-booking advised) and staff are happy to give less mobile visitors a lift in a golf buggy. The site is rural, the pathways are not smooth and there is a gradient. A full accessibility guide can be found at www.coam.org.uk

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Chiltern Open Air Museum is an outdoor museum with a collection of historic buildings that were the workplaces or homes of ordinary people. The museum has over 30 historic buildings in its collection includes a 1940s prefab, tin chapel, earth cottage, blacksmith’s forge, Victorian toll house, Nissen war huts, historic working farm, and lots more. Lots of the buildings are dressed to show what they would have looked like inside and visitors are able to go inside and explore many of them.

The museum is set in a 45-acre landscaped site. There are a number of traditional cottage gardens, a Victorian fernery, and a ‘Dig for Victory’ allotment. There is also a woodland, apple and cherry orchards, and adventure playground.

There are traditional games such as Victorian hoops that you can play and there are opportunities to dress up. The museum has an orienteering course, sensory trail and from Easter 2024 you can see a variety of willow sculptures around the site. There are traditional craft demonstrations on selected dates. The museum has an extensive events programme and full details can be found at www.coam.org.uk

The museum is a popular filming venue and has been used for filming of Midsomer Murders, Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife, Horrible Histories, The Suspicions of Mr Whitcher, Grantchester, Mary Queen of Scots, Taskmaster, and many more.

There is an onsite tea room selling light lunches and snacks. The museum shop sells local products as well as products made on-site including apple juice, charcoal, and products made in the forge.

There are accessible toilets on-site and lots of free parking. Visitors can borrow mobility scooters, off-road wheelchairs, and sensory backpacks (pre-booking advised). A full accessibility guide can be found at www.coam.org.uk

Opening Times

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

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Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 9th March 2024 – 31st October 2024

Open daily during Bucks School Holidays
Bucks School Holiday Dates
29th March to 14th April
25th May to 2nd June
20th July to 8th September
26th October to 31st October

Opening times 10am to 5pm

Admission

Standard Admission
£13 Adult/ Disabled Person and Companion
£12 – Concession
£10 – Child (4-16 years)
Under 4s free

Premium Admission (Special Event Days)
£16 – Adult / Disabled Person and Companion
£15 – Concession
£11 – Child
Under 4s free

Historic Houses members get free admission on Standard Admission Days. These can be redeemed at the Ticket Office.

Group Visits

Pre-booked groups of 15 or more paying visitors can take advantage of discounted prices

£13.50 per person for Premium Admission Days
£10 per person for Standard Admission Days
£8 per person for uniformed groups (eg. scouts, guides etc.)

There is the option to pre-book a tour for an additional £40 (maximum of 16 people per tour)
We are also able to arrange groups experience days and workshops including willow weaving, photography, sewing, bronze casting, straw plaiting, woodcraft and more. Groups can also pre-book a catering package. Please contact groups@coam.org.uk with requirements for further details.

If your group is over 50 people and you would like to visit on a date outside of our advertised opening dates then please contact us on groups@coam.org.uk

Educational Visits

We have an award winning schools education programme offering a range of immersive workshops. We can also arrange self-led visits. Please visit www.coam.org.uk to see our full list or email learningteam@coam.org.uk or call 01494 875 542.

for the latest information.
Accessibility

Chiltern Open Air Museum is mostly accessible. There are accessible toilets. We have mobility scooters and off-road wheelchairs that can be borrowed (pre-booking advised) and staff are happy to give less mobile visitors a lift in a golf buggy. The site is rural, the pathways are not smooth and there is a gradient. A full accessibility guide can be found at www.coam.org.uk

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Let us know here

Getting here

Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, HP8 4AB

By car

We are close to a number of main routes and can be reached from the M25 at Junction 17. Follow the brown tourist signs to the Museum.

The Museum is also signposted from the A413 at Chalfont St Peter and Chalfont St Giles.

Look out for the Comer Homes Newland Park Development signs and we’re on the left down the main driveway.

By Train

The Chiltern Line from Marylebone or the Metropolitan Line from Baker Street to Chalfont & Latimer Station or Chorleywood Station are within short taxi rides of the Museum.

By Bus

There are no buses to Newland Park. The nearest bus stop in Chalfont St Giles, around 30 minutes walk away, is on the A30, and 353 routes.
Advice for Coach Drivers

The Museum is in a rural setting, and approached down country lanes. The lane to the museum from the Maple Cross direction is particularly narrow. We recommend that coaches approach the Museum from Chalfont St Peter. Turn off the A413 at the Waggon and Horses Pub, and then drive up Chesham Lane to join Gorelands Lane.

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