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Bokrijk Open Air Museum,
Belgium

Although my main interest is barns in England, I could not resist visiting Bokrijk when I had the chance. It was one of the first open air museums set up to rescue old buildings. It is bigger than the Weald & Downland and has three villages.

Belgium remained mainly rural for longer than England so the villages are more rural in nature. The museum includes four village. All of them have several farmhouses with their attached barns. There are also municipal buildings, a windmill and as huge tithe barn.

Bokrijk is in the north of Belgium. It took about two hours to get there by train from Brussels. The train stops at Bokrijk and we spent the whole day exploring.