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West Stow Country Park and Anglo-Saxon Village

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Address: Icklingham Road, Bury St. Edmunds IP28 6HG, England
Phone Number: +44 (0)1284 728718
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Visit in half term to meet "real Saxons"

The site is about 4/5 miles to the west of Bury St Edmunds. There is an adventure playground there for the kids, a river side walk, the village itself and a very small but modern... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 12, 2014
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Braintree, England, United Kingdom
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Braintree, England, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The site is about 4/5 miles to the west of Bury St Edmunds. There is an adventure playground there for the kids, a river side walk, the village itself and a very small but modern museum. The village itself consists of about 6 huts with various artifacts inside them which I would image would take about 30 mins to go... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

The village is authentic to Anglo-Saxon standards, but let's face it: the Anglo-Saxons lived pretty boring lives. Rebuilt wicker huts and pens didn't hold my interest long. The grounds, though, were nice and I liked the small but detailed museum. The gift shop had some unique items and I left wishing I had made some purchases I passed on. A... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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117 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We stopped in here for a few hours. At first we thought the price was a bit steep, but what made it fantastic was the volunteers living the conditions. Not only were most up for a good chat about what they knew but discussed what it was like living there for a week. It's a great example of consistent learning... More 

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Diss, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I found out what experimental archeology is - when working out how the houses were built given the technologies available. What materials would have been used to build the walls and how. Each small house has been built in a different way. We talked and learnt from the enacters about the foods and how and where they might have been... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Loved the exhibits, the setting, and the historical accuracy. With the exception of the archer however, the reenactors didn't seem all that keen on having visitors. Their real-world clothes were tossed off to the side in one of the dark-age buildings and I spotted another sucking on a cigarette before stubbing it out to return to her weaving.

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

It's about 30 years since I previously visited West Stow and it was good to see how it has been developed. What I like about this site (from an archaeologist's point of view) is that, as an example of experimental archaeology, it continues to develop and benefit from increasing knowledge; the site is much more than a museum: it provides... More 

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This was such a disappointment - we travelled here after going to various other tourist attractions in Suffolk. The entry fee is far too high for this attraction. It took us about 15 minutes to look around the village which has no interpretation. The most interesting thing here are the animals and the ice cream van in the car park.

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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30 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

A peaceful and interesting place to visit, but lacked a bit of excitement. There was one man doing some building construction work who was interesting to talk to, but I would have liked to have seen someone in one of the buildings talking about Anglo-Saxon life. Maybe a few more animals around too to add atmosphere?

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

West Stow is a great place to visit, see the ancient village or walk round the lakes and meandering streams. We went for a hike along the yellow route today with Bandit, our dog. We saw....something slithering in the grass, plenty of moorhens, ducks, some big big Swans and some cute and scrawny little beaky things,,,,which we think were cygnets,... More 

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London
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13 reviews 13 reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Great outdoor playpark for kids (before paying and entering the Anglo-Saxon village). Village itself was interesting but takes about 5 minds to see everything

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