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Address: 1 South Brink Place, Wisbech PE131JE, England
Phone Number: 01945 476358
Description: Museum to commemorate and record the life and work of Octavia Hill, her...
Museum to commemorate and record the life and work of Octavia Hill, her family and those who continue her work.
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my daughter, being a nurse was especially interested in this museum. The gardens are delightful. The small cafe serves very good food

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Wisbech, United Kingdom
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Cambridgeshire
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272 reviews 272 reviews
107 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This museum is aimed at Octavia Hill but includes her associates and family. A new display contains archaeological finds from 'Manea Colony'. This existed during the late 1830s and early 1840s when many Owenite colonies were set up. The Manea Colony contained houses, a school, workshops, a mill and a brick works. Although no buildings remain a local archaeology group... More 

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Wisbech, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

my daughter, being a nurse was especially interested in this museum. The gardens are delightful. The small cafe serves very good food

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Very informative, friendly welcome, well displayed Nice outdoor sitting area for cafe but food could be a bit more adventurous.

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Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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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107 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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33 helpful votes 33 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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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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6 helpful votes 6 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

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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