The Bishop's Palace Gardens

After a satisfying breakfast we visited the Bishop’s Palace Gardens which are next door to No. 4 Canon Lane. The gardens are beautiful and free to enter. After touring the gardens we drove to the Weald & Downland Living museum, arriving just as it was opening for the day.

Weald & Downland Living museum

The museum is home to rescued rural buildings which are set in a 40 acre wooded landscape. We found the museum to be excellent and spent almost 4 hours there. Lunch was taken overlooking the pool, watching dragonflies flitting around. We had an informal talk about the watermill by one of the guides. The mill and machinery were working and the guide, sporting a finger bandage, sheepishly told us how he had managed to place his finger in a part of the machinery where it shouldn’t have been.

Walking the distances around the landscape had racked up my daily step count and I was well on my way to reaching a personal best of 20,000 steps in a day, so, when we returned to Chichester, I accompanied Mr C in the quest to find suitable restaurants for the rest of the week. This is something he normally does on his own.

Canon Lane

After all that walking we stopped for a refreshing drink in Wetherspoon’s before we returned to the B&B to relax and freshen up before dining in the Giggling Squid. The food and service in this restaurant, which serves Thai cuisine, was excellent. After our meal, we had a drink in the Boar’s Head before returning to the B&B for the night.

12 Comments CherryPie on Jul 10th 2018

12 Responses to “Kent & Chichester – Day Four”

  1. Ginnie says:

    YAY for getting in all your steps, Cherry. You can be proud of yourself. It’s certainly better than sticking a finger in machinery where it shouldn’t be!

  2. lisl says:

    What a lovely holiday this is turning out to be. I like the idea of dining watching the dragonflies over the pool. And well done with your personal best

  3. Alan says:

    I’ve always wanted to go the Weald and Downland Museum but feel that it may be overwhelmed with school parties. Well done to the people who work there.

    • CherryPie says:

      There was only one school party when we were there. The place is so big there weren’t crowds of people especially in the farthest parts of the museum grounds.

      It is well worth a visit.

  4. ....peter says:

    i made it into your web site finally from Alan’s site Cherie…. this is a beautiful presentation of Kent and Chichester….peter:)

    • CherryPie says:

      Lisl mentioned having a problem too. I have just checked and the link I have used on both yours and Alan’s site. They seem to be the same so I am not quite sure what the problem is.

      I am glad you found a way to access my page.

  5. The Weald & Downland Living museum?
    Never been there.
    But the building (2nd photo, left) reminded me so much of the Moot Hall in Aldeburgh, Suffolk!

  6. The Bishop’s Palace Garden looks so beautiful and the museum very interesting – it reminds me of one I visited in Worcestershire which had rescued various rural old buildings.

    • CherryPie says:

      The Bishop’s Palace Garden is lovely, quite hidden if you don’t know it is there.

      I don’t think I have heard about the Worcestershire museum with rural buildings…

      I have been to Blists Hill Victorian Town and the Black Country Living Museum which are both similar to the Weald & Downland Living Museum.

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