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Dr Jenner's House, Museum and Garden

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Address: Church Lane, Berkeley GL13 9BN, England
Phone Number: +44 1453 810631
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Situated in the historic market town of Berkeley, The Chantry is the...

Situated in the historic market town of Berkeley, The Chantry is the striking Grade II* listed house where Edward Jenner lived for 38 years until his death in 1823. This is the house from which he pioneered vaccination against smallpox and it is now a museum celebrating his life and legacy. Discover how his work here eventually led to the eradication of smallpox and find out more about his other achievements before relaxing, as Jenner did, in an acre of peaceful gardens.

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Informal yet highly informative

Visited after hearing a talk by Professor Gareth Williams. An interesting and informative experience, not least the gardens and household items relating to Jenner's life and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
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Gloucester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Visited after hearing a talk by Professor Gareth Williams. An interesting and informative experience, not least the gardens and household items relating to Jenner's life and lifestyle. Looking forward to paying a return visit next season as tickets are valid for a year making this important little museum particularly good value.

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We visited after going into Berkeley Castle and only expected it would be a quick pop in but if you watch the 25 min video first it makes the rest of the exhibits have greater meaning. I only thought there would be a couple of rooms open but you go upstairs as well and if you read all the signage... More 

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Dr Jenner was supported by the Berkeley family who lived next door to him in Berkekley Castle. He was a man of many talents and it is said that "his work changed the world". His home is modest and of itself not worthy of the £6.95 admission fee. Children would become bored very quickly whilst adults keen on learning about... More 

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Paignton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

This is an interesting museum, even more so as it is located in Edward Jenner's house where he practiced as a country doctor. The entrance fee is very reasonable and the introductory film is well worth seeing to get an overview of his life and work. There are some interesting exhibits connected to smallpox inoculation and the development of a... More 

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Cheltenham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

It is good to see where it all started, full of interest and history. Interesting property and garden.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

I can remember the panic of small pox vaccinations taking place when I was small. I had no idea of the devastating effects the disease had and the sheer numbers of people who contracted it across the entire world. Jenner's house was a home cum doctor's surgery cum laboratory. An excellent DVD presentation explains most of the history setting everything... More 

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Keighley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

I didn't know all about Dr Jenner when I came here and he was such an important man to us all. Good visit though there is a lot of writing if you read everything. Do watch the DVD at start of tour it will help you understand the displays.

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Thank Sheila K
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

I went to Dr Jenner's house with three children, (9, 7 and 4) and found that all of us were well occupied for a couple of hours. There is loads of information for those who care to read it all, however if your knowledge of medicine is lacking, as mine, there are plenty of other nuggets. Right at the beginning... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

If you have any interest in the history of medicine and vaccination in particular, you will love this place. It is inexpensive and a great way to spend an interesting couple of hours. The museum does it's best to cater to children, although on this occasion I didn't take mine, so I can't comment on how successful they are! The... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Our small group spent about two hours here. It's changed a lot since my last visit - about 20 years ago. Enjoyed refreshing my memory with the video, then looking at the fascinating artefacts including Blossom's horn. All aspects of Jenner's life are represented and the refurbished vinery and physic garden are well worth looking at. The immunology room upstairs... More 

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Owen G, Manager at Dr Jenner's House, Museum and Garden, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review of the museum. I'm glad you chose to come back and see what's changed! We do have school visits from children of all ages exploring both history and science. We're also running family activities over the school summer holidays to help younger children enjoy their visit more, and this year we'll be... More 

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