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Address: Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling BN6 8SP, England
Phone Number:
+44 1273 844744
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Ditchling is no ordinary village; it has been home to some of Britain's...

Ditchling is no ordinary village; it has been home to some of Britain's most innovative artists and has a legacy of international importance.

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is an independent charity dedicated to the display and preservation of art and craft produced by artists associated with the village of Ditchling.

The museum celebrates the important artistic heritage of the village which was home to many artists including Frank Brangwyn, Eric Gill, Charles Knight, David Jones, Edward Johnston, Ethel Mairet and many others.

Following a major redevelopment in 2013, the museum is now an award-winning attraction with regularly changing exhibitions, a dedicated learning space and new facilities including a shop and cafe in a restored 18th century Cart Lodge.

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How wonderful to discover in a remote Sussex village that the London tube typeface was invented by a local and that this village is the printing Mecca with still famous... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 August 2016
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Unusally, I actually spent nearly a whole day here and have to say its a relaxing and wonderful place. The museum is relatively small compared to many but well worth the admission price (concessions are available) overall as its a whole experience - the setting is as much important as the artefacts. The shop and cafe are excellent - not... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We first visited the Arts&Crafts Museum in Ditchling 10 years ago and recently visited again now the building has been redesigned and rebuilt. I'm sure there are more artefacts on display now but most of them I remember from before. This is billed as the Arts&Crafts Museum but only deals with one small element of it-Ditchlings involvement and the characters... More 

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Thank TRC2122
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent museum in a wonderful building. Friendly and intimate. Good tea room and shop. Altogether a lovely place to visit.

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Thank Karen J
Lewes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Charming village on the South Downs way. Unexpectedly elegant new crafts museum/gallery. Inspiring for font lovers; tells important chapter in 20th century British art. Brill shop. Good kids activities kept them busy. I'd go rain or shine. Well worth the admission price. Have been 3x in last year alone.

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Thank Phil S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Loved this small museum. very interesting and Some classic UK work of letters for London Transport, and artists such as Eric Gill. It also has a lovely small shop and café. I love to visit this museum again

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Considering the size of the museum it is expensive. The cafe is also expensive too. Not recommended.

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Museumartcraft, Public Relations Manager at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, responded to this review

Hello there, sorry to hear you found our admission fees too high, but do hope you enjoyed the contents, spirit and atmosphere of the museum despite this. We are an independent charity that does not receive government or local authority funding, so we rely on our admission fees and the goodwill of our visitors to keep the museum going. The... More 

Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

How wonderful to discover in a remote Sussex village that the London tube typeface was invented by a local and that this village is the printing Mecca with still famous illustrators residing there! And the coffee shop also caters lovely cakes and brilliant expresso coffee!

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Thank DRM55
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Try to catch the talk given about the museum. You will enjoy your visit even more. Very good exhibition - some rarely seen sculptures of the best creative people.

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Thank brookybrown76
Newport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Absolutely beautiful building in a beautiful setting- however the museum presupposes that you have done your homework first and is annoying sparse on the details of the artists it showcases. I wanted more details about this hub of artistic endeavour , how did they live daily , what happened to the people after life in Ditchling. Wikipedia gave me more... More 

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Richmond, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

We stopped at Ditchling on our way back to London. The village is charming and the Museum is one of the high spots. It looks at the development of typography especially relating to London Transport and looks at ways in which printing developed. It also had work by a number of important local artists and craftspeople. The museum is quite... More 

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