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The Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum

1 South Brink Place, Wisbech PE131JE, England
01945 476358
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Ranked #11 of 29 Attractions in Wisbech
Type: Museums
Description: Museum to commemorate and record the life and work of Octavia Hill, her family and those who continue her work.
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English first
Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
35 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

A small museum with a mass of information about social reform. The story is told by reference to those who influenced, and worked, with or followed, Octavia Hill. I would have liked more personal information about her - she seemed largely missing from her own story. The museum has been made more accessible by lottery funding and has a small... More

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Cambridgeshire
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256 reviews 256 reviews
102 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Visited during the Heritage Weekend. There are additional exhibits and displays since our previous visit. Enjoyed cake and drinks in the tea shop. The new gardens extension on Somers Rd contain explanatory boards and the gardens are well kept.

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Hello. This is not a National Trust museum despite Octavia Hill having been one of its founders. Bizarre! We almost missed the place on the South Brinks. It was like a step back in time. Sadly, we only had time to pop in and not go further as it closes about 4pm. (I bet our little boy was relieved.) We... More

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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Been here a couple of times for coffee/tea, sandwiches and cakes. The sandwiches were always fresh and tasty if somewhat limited in choice but it is only a small place so to be expected. The cakes are really great - homemade tasty and moist - our favourite spot in Wisbech and surrounding area for a nice afternoon tea.

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Maldon, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
14 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Octavia Hill was one of the greatest social reformers of her time, but for some reason she has been air-brushed out of history, perhaps because of her opposition to women’s suffrage. You can some up her philosophy in nine words, “Happy homes, open spaces, National Trust, Art for Everyone”. She was a reformed ahead of her time and much of... More

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Wisbech
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Well laid out premises with loads of local information. Good coffee shop. Venue for many educational activities.

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Spalding, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

Nicely updated small museum , small shop selling second hand tat and books. But the 2 flavours of cake were wonderful, homemade light and fluffy. Generous portions. Shame the rest of the food was not homemade, but out of a tin or sandwich carton. I'd go back just for the cakes if I didn't have to pay entrance fee!

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UK
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Given Miss Hill's connexions with the National Trust, it might be expected that the catering at her birthplace might resemble that it a NT house. Under that mistaken impression we called in for a light lunch, thinking of perhaps some soup, a quiche or something of the sort. No quiche. Soup? The attendant juggled a tin of Heinz Cream of... More

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We visited the Octavia Hill museum straight after a few hours across the road at the lovely National Trust Peckover House. Expectations were high due to good reviews we had found in our accommodation. Unfortunately, we found the museum one of the strangest places we've ever visited. It was a confused jumble of items on display (hedgehogs, random mannequin, Lego/superhero... More

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Chatteris, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

I went in as part of the 'Heritage Day' and was really surprised by the size of the place and the amount on display. I spent a lot longer here than expected! Octavia was far more than just the instigator of The National Trust. Some of the exhibits are interactive and the cellars are not to be missed! You do... More

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