Chiltern Open Air Museum

Summertime at Chiltern Open Air Museum

The Chiltern Open Air Museum is about a 40 minute drive from Barnet, so very do-able for a morning, afternoon or full day out, yet it doesn’t appear to be that well-known in our area. If you love the freedom of the outdoors and/or soaking up some history, it’s a great place to go and lots of fun for kids to explore.

A beautiful stretch of countryside is scattered with historic buildings, which have been moved from across the Chilterns, rebuilt and restored. From the Iron Age to a post-war pre-fab complete with all the belongings of its time, and plenty in between.

Inside the kitchen of the 1947 pre-fab

Part of the playground

Arthur trying out an RAF pilot’s uniform!

Beautiful cottage garden

High Wycombe Toll House

Douglas having fun in the playground

Haddenham Croft Cottage

On all our visits we have found all the volunteer stewards friendly and keen to pass on their knowledge.

From the ticket office to the tea room is probably a 10-15 minute walk. My three-year-olds can manage this but if you take a buggy, just be aware that many of the paths are gravelly and uneven in places.

There is a tearoom at the bottom end of the trail. Set in one of High Wycombe’s old furniture factories, it serves cream teas and light lunches. On the village green is the Snack Barn for drinks and light snacks, open on event days. We usually take a picnic as there are plenty of benches or shady spots to stop for lunch.

There are special events throughout the year, so it’s worth checking the website now and again to see what’s on. I think we may return for the Harvest event in October!


What else do you need to know?


Parking: Plenty on site, a level gravel car park

Toilets: 3 sets of toilets across the site. The toilets at the Village Green definitely have baby change facilities.

Opening Times: Open daily 10am-5pm. The season this year is 26th March – 25th October 2018


Adult £10.50

Concessions £9.50

Children (4-16 years old) £6.50

Family tickets and annual passes also available



Have you been to Chiltern Open Air Museum? What did you enjoy most? 

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