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Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum

Dorchester DT2 7EH , England
+44 (0) 1305 848 237
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Ranked #10 of 23 Attractions in Dorchester
Type: History Museums
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Derby, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This was an interesting museum, whatever your politics. Small museum showing how freedom to join a union was seen as a threat in 19th Century Dorset. Showed how what we may take for granted now was hard won.

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Whitland, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

if you are a Trades unionist of just interested in UK history, then visit to see the story of the oppressed farmers of the day. On leaving you will be educated, but aside from reading numerous banners and text, not a lot else to see. My son left within a few minutes! However, the comments I make should be read... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

This was our second visit to what is a surprisingly small Museum, when you consider the impact of the event which gave rise to it all. On this occasion we visited without the children and were able to take the time to read in detail the various presentations, diary extracts and listen to various audio pieces. Its quite a small... More

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Rotherham
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

The entrance fees are a little pricey on Friday and Saturday 15 quid a piece and a fiver for parking. So you are better attending Sundays as it's free entry. This show of union solidarity is held every year in the sleepy village of Tolpuddle when this little village comes alive and is adorned by union banners and is a... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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255 reviews 255 reviews
164 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I have previously reviewed the museum which is really worth a visit, but there is far more to Tolpuddle than just the museum. Every around this time a weekend festival is held, with camping available and live band every evening. The festival is to celebrate the Martyrs of Tolpuddle and on the Sunday a March takes place along the narrow... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We had been looking forward to visiting here and were not disappointed. The history of the 6 Martyrs is simply but dramatically portrayed on large posters type displays. The Martyrs Trail around Tolpuddle is well worth doing. Enjoyed icecream from the small shop attached to the museum.

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Aberfeldy
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Have long wanted to visit and experience didn't disappoint. Tells the moving story of the six farm workers whose bravery in banding together to try to prevent the starvation of their families laid the foundation for the Trade Union movement. Friendly atmosphere, small shop including a hot drink machine and nice terrace to eat your picnic. Would recommend Martyrs Trail... More

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I have posted on here previously regarding the museum, but would just add do check out the opening times before embarking on a visit. Additionally for those interested in the Tolpuddle Martyrs and James Hammett I have just published my book - The Tolpuddle Six, the Hammett relative. This is based on my research of my Hammett ancestral roots from... More

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Aberdare, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
774 helpful votes 774 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Liked the information supplied but was disappointed in the amount of exhibits etc in museum. You were given the basics but not as much as I thought you would receive bearing in mind the importance the incident is in British political history.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
15 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Worthwhile visit for 30 minutes to remind yourself that people have suffered to get workers rights and that judicial and landlord corruption existed not that long ago in UK.

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