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The Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum

1 South Brink Place, Wisbech PE131JE, England
01945 476358
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Ranked #8 of 28 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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Maldon, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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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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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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56 reviews 56 reviews
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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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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 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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Midhurst, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Lots of fascinating displays in this wonderful museum which is the brithplace of Octavia Hill (founder of the National Trust and so much more). Informative friendly staff and a good value cafe.

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South Cambridgshire
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013 via mobile

Having visited, earlier that day, the National Trust property Peckover House we were looking forward to a visit to Octavia Hill's birthplace that is just a few hundred yards away. We almost walked past the house. We were given a warm welcome from the lady behind the desk but my first impression was a house little cared for and .....well....unwelcoming.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Dropped in and had tea and fruit cake - lovely. The 'extension' outside is being developed as gardens - looks as if will be a scenic addition.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We were lucky enough to be there when the owner was there. He gave us a guided tour and explained a wealth of history to my children who are home educated so it was fantastic to hear about the history of the building. Very welcoming. His wife runs a lovely tea room

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