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Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum

Dorchester DT2 7EH , England
+44 (0) 1305 848 237
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Ranked #9 of 21 Attractions in Dorchester
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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English first
Top Contributor
269 reviews 269 reviews
83 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We really enjoyed our visit to the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum. The information boards were very clear and the interactive panels allowed you to find out more about each stage of the story. The information presented is very factual and easy to follow. It is a small museum so you only need 30 - 45 minutes. There isn't much parking in... More 

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Information set at a level that all could understand and the explanations clear and concise! The information was set out on banners to read but perhaps could have been set out a little more life like... Just my opinion..

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Ilkeston, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This is a little gem tucked away at the end of the village and really gives an insight into the living conditions in the 19th century for farming families. The social history and the history of the trade union movement is spelled out for all to read and understand. There is a gift shop where you can buy (for 50p)... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
33 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This was our third visit to this wonderful little museum. The museum focuses almost entirely on Dorset in the 19 century and in particular on the six 'Tolpuddle Martyrs'. The displays of union banners etc. are interesting. Worth a visit on a rainy day in Dorset.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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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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344 reviews 344 reviews
233 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 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
20 reviews 20 reviews
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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