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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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We were here last week. Although there is not a lot to see, you can use your imagination of what it would have been liked back in those times. The museum was interesting and I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
sueanddave0409
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
45 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We were here last week. Although there is not a lot to see, you can use your imagination of what it would have been liked back in those times. The museum was interesting and I think if you do go, it would be much better when they have people dressed in the period. We were there on a Tuesday and... More 

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Thetford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I took my children here on a nice sunny day. We couldn't see all of the buildings in the village as a film crew had taken over the village and were very unpleasant when we went out to look around as they wanted to film on the whole plot. The museum wasn't really interesting for young children and the price... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

There was nothing more than a few empty buildings and the museum. We were expecting people dressed up and more information but I guess this only happens in the busy season. The best thing was the children's park.

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This is a lovely place to visit. You can have a nice long peaceful walk around the river. There's a nice kids play area, gift shop, tea room, and there are lovely activity days to learn anglo saxon skills in the modelled village.

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Braintree, England, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
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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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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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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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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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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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