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Red House Museum & Gardens

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Address: Quay Rd, Christchurch BH23 1BU, England
Phone Number: +44 1202 482860
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Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The Red House Museum & Gardens is located in the centre of Christchurch...

The Red House Museum & Gardens is located in the centre of Christchurch by the Priory. The former Georgian workhouse is now a local history museum which hosts a changing programme of exhibitions and activities for families and adults. Relax in the aromatic walled Herb Garden featuring herbs and old-fashioned roses, and stroll through the woodland walk in the tranquil South Garden. Facilities include, accessible toilets, cafe, shop as well as venue hire spaces.

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Fascinating way to spend an hour or two.

To be honest we were looking for a parking space and pulled up outside the Red House, and as mentioned previously this is a hidden gem. The area is rich in archaeology stretching... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Footsie
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

To be honest we were looking for a parking space and pulled up outside the Red House, and as mentioned previously this is a hidden gem. The area is rich in archaeology stretching back over 750,000 years, and this former work-house manages to give a good appreciation of the history spread over it's 2 floors. Combined with a fascinating garden... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Tucked away behind the Priory and the High Street the Red House is worth seeking out. This former work house is surrounded by a lovely garden containing a surprising variety of old herbs and, for the children, a few dinosaurs! Inside the museum you will find a vary varied collection of artifacts and, from the older visitor, the comment "I... More 

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Thank John T
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

We love exploring here, and there is always something new to look at. There exhibitions are always good too.

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Thank cluckie32
Dorset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

How delightful small but packed with interest for all ages. Outside there is a garden area to enjoy. On the most recent visit DEC 2015 there was also an art exhibition from local artists a lot of talent in town. Gift shop has some affordable things to remind you of a wonderful visit.

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Thank 172lara
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

I had found this museum after reading up on Tripadvisor,"Things to do in Christchurch", as I do, do this alot before visiting somewhere new...... we enjoyed our visit to this small but compact museum, it has lots of reading, so if no children to bring with you, plenty to take your time over and read about the history of the... More 

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Poole
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

We visited the Red House to see the knitted garden exhibition which is quite charming and a community effort of apparently hundreds of knitters who contributed their expertise to make up a complete garden. From a knitted greenhouse, beehive, hanging baskets, scarecrows, fruit and veg, flowers, birds, a tiny ladybird and much else. It is free to enter, a small... More 

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Thank Jeremy L
Christchurch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

This is only a small museum but it does tell the story of Christchurch's ancient history well. The rooms showing more recent features (mainly around the building as a workhouse) lacked cohesion but nevertheless the displays are interesting. It would be good to focus more on the workhouse history 9although they do make it clear many records were destroyed). The... More 

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Thank IanandGilly
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

The museum has some toy displays that will really appeal to the kids and the gardens are well worth a walk around! One of the staff looked at me very rudely which is off putting!.

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Thank Ethan E
Christchurch, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Very interesting little museum with a nice garden, well worth a visit if you're in the area and don't forget to make a donation as its free to get in!

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Thank William R
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Stumbled across this on a rainy morning. Well worth the visit, lots to see about local history and it's free.

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