As a group you can look around at your own pace, book a tour of the museum, or take a guided walk around the village. We are very happy to advise and help you find the perfect balance for your group. Groups are 10 or more people.

In order for us to prepare for your visit, it is important that groups are booked in advance. If you are not having a tour we suggest you allow at least 2 hours for your visit to ensure you have enough time to see our displays, visit our shop and café, and explore the village.

Large groups of over 20 will need to book a month in advance. As our Museum is small and intimate, we ask that larger groups divide into smaller groups of up to 15 people, and alternate activities, so that we can give you the best possible experience.

Refreshments for your group must be pre-booked as our café is not large enough to cater for groups without prior notice. We are happy to host you in our Clore Learning Space .

Please note there is no on-site parking at the Museum, so please park considerately in the village. Parking is free throughout the village and at the Village Hall car park. Coaches are kindly requested to drop off and park at the Village Recreation Ground on Lewes Road.

Group options and prices

There is a reduced entrance fee for group visits of £5.00 each (£50 minimum charge)

You can then add any of the following to enhance your visit:

  1. Museum Tour – £ 4.50 per person
    The museum tour takes 45 minutes and will focus on key objects on display in our permanent exhibition and temporary displays. You will hear inspiring stories about the artists and craftspeople who lived and worked in Ditchling and learn why the village is internationally recognised as one of the major sites for the British applied arts movement in the 20th century. The tour will be led by one of our knowledgeable members of staff or volunteers.
  2. Village Walk – £ 5.00 per person
    The guided village walk takes approximately 1 hour, during which you will learn about this beautiful downland village that inspired the distinguished 20th century artists and craftspeople who came to live here and work here. The tour will be led by one of our knowledgeable volunteers who will show you where the artists and craftspeople lived and the landscapes which inspired their work.
  3. Store Tour – £ 4.00 per person
    The store tour takes 30 minutes and is a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. You will be guided around the collection stores and shown treasures which are not normally seen. The tour will be led by one of our knowledgeable members of staff.
  4. Tea +coffee and cake – £ 5.00 per person
    Enjoy locally made cake and a cup of tea or coffee in our light and airy learning space.
  5. Tea +coffee  – £ 2.50 per person
    For a quick light refreshment before or after your visit.

How to book

Please contact us first to check whether your preferred date(s) are available. Please email or call (01273) 844744.


A 50% non-refundable deposit is due a minimum of 3 weeks before your visit payable by card, cheque or cash in person. The balance is then due any time up to and including the day of your visit. Please make cheques payable to Ditchling Museum Trust.