Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre: A Visitors Guide

Welcome to the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre, where time stands still, and visitors are transported through the annals of time to discover the rich legacy of Britain’s industrial past.

Seamlessly weaving together the tapestry of history, industry, and heritage.

The Welldiggers Arms offers 14 sumptuous ensuite bedrooms, located within the pub and a separate annexe. Nestled in the heart of rural West Sussex we are the perfect location for a country escape, or exploring the South Downs.

We’re a true country pub, serving local real ales, spirits and cider as well as fresh, locally-sourced British cuisine.

A Brief Overview Of Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre

The museum is situated on the site of a former chalk quarry and lime works, which operated from the late 19th century until the mid-20th century. Today, it stands as a living testament to the region’s industrial heritage, offering visitors a glimpse into the past.

Preserving the Past

One of the most captivating aspects of the museum is its commitment to preserving the past. From the beautifully restored buildings to the impressive collection of vintage machinery and equipment, every corner of the site exudes authenticity and nostalgia. Visitors can explore a wide range of exhibits, including a working print shop, a historic electricity hall, and a fascinating telecommunications display.

A Haven for Railway Enthusiasts

Railway enthusiasts will delight in the museum’s extensive collection of locomotives and rolling stock. The Amberley Narrow Gauge Railway takes visitors on a scenic journey around the site, offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The museum also boasts a comprehensive collection of vintage buses, trams, and trolleybuses, providing a fascinating insight into the evolution of public transportation.

Hands-On Learning

What sets the Amberley Museum apart is its emphasis on hands-on learning experiences. Visitors of all ages can participate in a variety of interactive workshops and demonstrations, from blacksmithing and pottery making to traditional woodworking and rope making. These immersive activities not only educate but also inspire a deep appreciation for the skills and craftsmanship of generations past.

Family-Friendly Fun

With a wide range of family-friendly attractions and activities, the Amberley Museum offers something for everyone. Children can embark on a scavenger hunt, explore the nature trails, or try their hand at mini-golf. Special events and themed days throughout the year ensure that there’s always something new and exciting to discover, making it the perfect destination for a fun-filled day out with the family.

Directions To The Welldiggers Arms From Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre

The Welldiggers Arms is just 14 minutes by car from Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre

Head south-west on New Barn Rd/B2139 towards Station Rd
Continue to follow B2139

Turn right onto Houghton Ln

Turn left onto The St

Turn right onto Bury Hill/A29
Continue to follow A29

Turn left onto B2138

Slight left onto A283

The Welldiggers Arms will be on your left after approximately 1.5 miles