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Red House Museum & Gardens

Quay Rd, Christchurch BH23 1BU, England
01202 482860
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Ranked #3 of 14 attractions in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Art Museums, History Museums
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Poole, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This was our first visit & we were captivated with the artifacts on display. Local crafts and practices proliferate, surprising us with the varied types of manufacturing that existed locally. We will certainly visit again when the weather is warmer & enjoy the compact gardens.

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Lovely small museum with pretty gardens to walk around and its all free to go in!! Lots of historic information you can even have a cup of coffee while exploring

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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

My wife and I found The Red House Museum and Gardens by accident whilst on a day trip to Christchurch. It is quite small but is nevertheless full of interest with enthusiastic staff and volunteers who are clearly devoted to its care. The museum is actually an old workhouse and there is much on the subject to interest the visitor.... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
41 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

The red house museum was an old workhouse, and this alone makes this place interesting. Inside there us a range of exhibits. Downstairs there is an excellent display of old toys, domestic items and a mock up of a 1930 room. There is a fashion gallery with beautiful dresses from the 1800s and early 1900s. Also down stairs is an... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Second time I have been with a three year old. We did the 'can you find' game and she got a sticker at the end. Took a full hour which was great considering it is small. Staff very friendly. Upstairs not accessible with push chair but there is space to leave it downstairs.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

We loved this museum. Downstairs are lots of items showing what life was like in the past. Upstairs was an archaeological timeline of the local area. It contained displays suitable for children but also lots for informed adults. I particularly recommend the display showing how the design of bronze hand axes changed over time, and why, illustrated with real axes.

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Fantastic place. Lovely building. Full of interesting things. Wonderful garden when the weather is good. Great if you have a child in tow as there are lots of activities.

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New Milton, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Wow , this place is so worth a visit & I loved the gardens . before I found this place apart from a walk around the priory grounds/ castle ruins the only unique & quirky place I love to visit is the old Furniture & Gift Emporium next door Marks & Spencer's & the sweet shop next door is a... More

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We were in Christchurch because it was a rainy day. This place was a nice surprise. Entry is free and the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. I found the first floor a little boring, as I am not into archeology, but the ground floor was fascinating. The building used to be a Victorian workhouse and this has been fully... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We visited here to kill an hour before going to the regents centre to see a film and because it was raining! I was pleasantly surprised! Its quite interesting, here are cases with all sorts of objects from by gone times, as well as information on Christchurch and the surrounding area. There are gardens outside and a small shop and... More

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