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Somerset Rural Life Museum

Abbey Farm Chilkwell Street | Abbey Farm, Glastonbury BA6 8DB, England
+44 1458 831197
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So glad this has reopened!

We used to go to this as kids, and I'm so glad it is back so that we can take our own children... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Rachel C
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Tonbridge, England, United Kingdom
A very impressive local museum

This museum is a joy. The revamp has been done with great skill and thought. The visitor is taken... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
ChalkieFrome
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Visitors to Somerset Rural Life Museum can explore rural life from the 1800s onwards and discover more about the county’s heritage including its landscape, food and farming, working life and rural crafts. The Museum reopened in June 2017 following a major £2.4 million redevelopment, led by the South West Heritage Trust.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Abbey Farm Chilkwell Street | Abbey Farm, Glastonbury BA6 8DB, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We used to go to this as kids, and I'm so glad it is back so that we can take our own children. It's even better than before, too. Very interactive, lovely staff, great cafe. Nothing is too much hassle for the employees here -...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This museum is a joy. The revamp has been done with great skill and thought. The visitor is taken on a very interesting journey through time and themes. Exhibits are presented and displayed very well and interest is maintained throughout your passage through the museum....More

Thank ChalkieFrome
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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

We passed this on our walk to the Tor so went here this morning. Not expensive to get in. Plenty of information about rural life in the early part of twentieth century. The first world war exhibition was of particular interest to my husband. It's...More

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Reviewed 28 December 2017

Anyone interested in local history would love this museum. It is laid out really well and fascinating to walk through. The exhibits are displayed well, mostly not behind glass, and there are good information panels and short videos projected onto a variety of backgrounds throughout...More

Thank Kim B
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

A museum where you can just take your time strolling around looking at the artefacts from days gone by. Excellent centre for children to learn about the past. Activities for them to do also. Wonderful courtyard space with an iron 'war horse'.

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Reviewed 5 December 2017

We received a warm welcome when we arrived and had plenty of time to wander around and have a look at all the lovely exhibits. The tithe barn was particularly wonderful, as was the 'rusty art horse' in the stable yard. This museum is definitely...More

Thank lightningrider
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Reviewed 2 December 2017

We didn't have time to take in the whole museum, so we're not actually rating the museum itself, but the magnificent horse sculpture located in the inner court yard, welded together from scrap metal and junk. It is incredibly life like! We did have tea...More

Thank Gordon M
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

This is a second visit since the Rural Life Museum was reorganised. The curation is second to none. The "labels" that are so often too small to read and in the wrong place are just right. The entire collection is beautifully displayed and enriching to...More

Thank Lynn B
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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Centred around a magnificent tithe barn this beautifully presented museum is lovely to visit. A birthday trip for a friend, we were warmly welcomed and all facilities explained. It has a great atmosphere with well laid out galleries full of interesting items all clearly labelled....More

Thank quetze
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

That's a wonderful review - thank you so much! It is great to read how much you enjoyed your day out at the Museum. I am particularly pleased to read you comments about the warm welcome from our staff, the presentation of the galleries and...More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017

This has been renovated to a high standard and well worth a visit. Also visit the canteen the food is great

Thank Jacky K
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Thank you for recommending us so highly Jacky. I am so glad that you enjoyed your visit and I hope we will get the opportunity to welcome you back soon.

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Marie D
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Response from Robin S | Property representative |
Hello Marie Thanks for getting in touch. Dogs are welcome in our yard but are not allowed in the galleries (except for assistance dogs). As our Grain Store Café is next to the yard, café visitors with dogs often enjoy their... More
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