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Gloucester Life Museum

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Address: 99-103 Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2PG, England
Phone Number:
+44 1452 396868
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Hours:
Sat 10:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Gloucester Life Museum is one of the oldest-established museums dedicated...

Gloucester Life Museum is one of the oldest-established museums dedicated to social history. Set in three 500 year old Tudor timber-framed buildings, one of which was traditionally associated with the final night of the Protestant martyr, Bishop Hooper, the Life Museum is a complex of rooms on different levels with a unique ambience that makes it a popular destination for locals and visitors. Please note that due to the age of the building there is no disabled access to upper floors.

Gloucester Life Museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am until 5 pm.

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Fascinating Building with Interesting Exhibits

Very central museum. Lots of stairs so maybe not suitable for all. Lots to see and explore. Particularly liked the wedding dress display through time. Buy a ticket and get... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Cotswolds
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Cotswolds
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122 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very central museum. Lots of stairs so maybe not suitable for all. Lots to see and explore. Particularly liked the wedding dress display through time. Buy a ticket and get another museum for free, The Museum of Gloucester. A bargain. A good day out in Gloucester.

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Dursley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was very impressed. A good insight into Gloucester life with some very good exhibits and stories. Good value with a Gloucester Museums Card.

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GlosCityMuseums, Manager at Gloucester Life Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your great review, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Since the entry price also covers the Gloucester City museum, it works out quite good value for money. There's an eclectic mix of exhibits in the Gloucester Life Museum including household artefacts, pin-making machinery, and clothing. Everything is nicely explained and you can wander around following what you find interesting.

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Thank Neatham
GlosCityMuseums, Manager at Gloucester Life Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, I hope you will come back and see us soon. Both museums will have new exhibitions later in the year. More 

Gloucester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Bought family ticket for £20 which gives access for one year to the four Gloucester Museums for 2 adults and up to 3 children which I think is an excellent package. We visited the Gloucester Museum then the Life Museum. We found cafes in both museums only offering self-service drinks and no served food. I assume they were open during... More 

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GlosCityMuseums, Manager at Gloucester Life Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Unfortunately we have had to close the cafes and replace them with self-service hot and cold drinks and snacks, although we are more than happy for you to bring along food and take advantage of our free wi fi while you eat. I will look into our current advertising and make sure all the details... More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Not a bad museum to go and see if you are visiting the area or if you stay close by. It is however not really worth just to go and see it alone. I spent around 25 mins in it and it was really more than enough for me. I visited it because I was a student in Gloucester.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

A 500 year old Tudor building preserved, worth seeing just for the outside. Though it doesn’t take too long to look around we discovered many items we’ve never seen before. I enjoyed looking at the wedding dresses and their history. Our ticket also enabled us to visit the Gloucester Museum too, shame we ran out of time. Though I was... More 

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GlosCityMuseums, Manager at Gloucester Life Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we love our Tudor building and I'm glad you did too! More 

Gloucester, United Kingdom
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37 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

As a local I have visited this Museum in Various guises over the last 60 years. Each time I have found it absorbing with so much local history available.

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Gloucester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Good old fashioned museum. So much history in the building itself. Friendly and informal. Suitable for adults and children.

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1 Thank diswix
GlosCityMuseums, Manager at Gloucester Life Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your great review. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Opposite St Nicholas Church, opens 10-5pm. This is a multi floor multi room building. Lots of old wooden beams inside. Tells you alot about life of a working Gloucester person in the olden days. From a collection of old wedding dresses upstairs & a lovely black wooden dog from a former pub & a pin press machine are just a... More 

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GlosCityMuseums, Manager at Gloucester Life Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review, we hope to see you here again soon! More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

went here for the Heritage weekend. Lovely building and some interesting exhibits. Free on this but normally a charge. alot of stairs but i cant recal if there is a lift now or not. seemed plenty for children in the Museum.

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GlosCityMuseums, Manager at Gloucester Life Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. The museum is free on Heritage Weekend and on Residents Weekend, but the rest of the year there is a small charge. Unfortunately we don't have a lift in this building because of the type of building it is. Hope to see you again soon. More 

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