The Vale and Downland Museum is located in the busy market town of Wantage in Oxfordshire, UK.

The museum has been nationally acclaimed as an outstanding example of community partnership.

The range of services is very broad ranging, from galleries interpreting the cultural heritage of the Vale of White Horse region, to a café with a delightful terrace and garden.

You’ll discover so much more than a museum! Travel through time, where you’ll discover an Anglo Saxon skeleton, learn about the life of King Alfred the Great, walk through the medieval market place and journey to the 20th century Arbury’s department store, plus much more!

The vibrant and frequently changing programme of exhibitions and events ensures there is always something new to see and do for families and schools.

Whilst you are here you can also enjoy delicious home-made cakes and lunches served in the Café. Their giftshop also stocks a range of books, gifts, toys and souvenirs.

All ages welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Well behaved dogs are welcome on their Café terrace.

Admission to the museum is free but donations are very welcome. Suggested donation of £5.


Opening hours

Museum opening hours: Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 3.45pm. Last admission 3.30pm.
Café opening times: Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 3.30pm
Both closed on Sundays & Bank Holidays


19 Church Street, Wantage, OX12 8BL