The Museum as a Wedding Venue


Located within the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park, this picturesque 40 acre site is a venue like no other. The Museum’s grounds offer an atmosphere of quiet tranquility and are peppered with fascinating historic buildings, woodland areas, grazing farm animals and a beautiful mill pond. This authentic setting combined with limited availability makes for a unique and exclusive wedding venue, perfect for couples after something a little different.


Relaxed and rural, the Weald & Downland Living Museum is a venue for those after something extraordinary for their wedding day. The surrounding rolling countryside, historic setting, tranquil atmosphere and unique spaces come together to offer couples an enchanting venue for their big day.

As part of your wedding day at the Weald & Downland Living Museum, you and your guests have access to the entire Museum and you will also receive a one-year joint adult membership so you can visit throughout the year and relive those special memories.

The Downland Gridshell

The first building of its kind to be built in the UK, the Gridshell is a unique and exquisite setting for both civil ceremonies and receptions of up to 180 people.

With its shell-like shape made from solid oak, the Downland Gridshell is an architecturally awe-inspiring and dramatic building that is surrounded by peaceful and beautiful woodland. Each year the Museum releases a limited number of dates to give couples the opportunity to use this incredible space for their wedding ceremony and reception, making the Gridshell a truly one-of-a-kind backdrop for your special day.

Crawley Hall

Situated in the heart of the Museum’s medieval market square and surrounded by cobbled paths and historic buildings, this charming timber-framed barn is an ideal choice for more intimate wedding celebrations. Licensed for civil ceremonies, Crawley Hall can host parties of up to 50 guests followed by an informal buffet reception or picnic.

You can also opt for the Museum’s special West Sussex Wedding Package, which includes mouth-watering grazing hampers featuring lots of local flavours and produce, carefully sourced from the surrounding region. From locally produced sparkling wine, Sussex cheese and homemade scones to the fruit and meat which comes from local businesses.

Greenways Field

The Greenways Field is a completely blank canvas for those looking for a marquee-style wedding. Nestled in amongst the sublime countryside setting with the Museum in the backdrop, it offers an idyllic and tranquil setting for your celebrations.

Wedding Brochure Download

Please download our Wedding Brochure (PDF, 3Mb) for more information.

Please click on this link for our Wedding Inspiration Book (PDF,12Mb)

Wedding Hire Bookings

2022 dates are still available in our beautiful 16th century Upper Hall, a licensed ceremony room seating up to 50 people.

We have now released our 2023 dates for the unique Downland Gridshell which seats up to 180 people. There is limited availability so please contact Georgia on the link below for the available dates.

To discuss how we can help make your day unforgettable and to arrange a viewing, please contact Georgia at or on 01243 811032.

Photo Gallery

Photos 2 – 5 by Vicky Lewis Photography, Photos 10 – 11 by VLA Photography, Photos 21 – 25 by Fiona Mills Art & Photography.

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