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Finchcocks Living Museum of Music

Goudhurst, Goudhurst TN17 1HH, England
01580 211702
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Ranked #3 of 5 attractions in Goudhurst
Type: Concerts, Specialty Museums
Most recent review
- Jul 10, 2014
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Montaren et St Mediers
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77 reviews 77 reviews
48 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I visited one afternoon at the beginning of May as part of a coach group. We were given a warm welcome by Katrina Burnett upon arrival and started our tour of the huge variety of keyboard instruments scattered throughout the house with explanations of each along the way. We were also given an interesting potted history of the connection of... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Richard and Katrina Burnett welcomed us all so warmly on a beautiful May day. We are part of a group from the Pewsey Vale NADFAS and we had no idea we were going to have such a fascinating very special time at Finchcocks. Katrina introduced us in such an amusing and very interesting way to their vast collection of many... More

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

A very English museum in a delightful rural setting, Finchcocks is a treat. You don't have to be a musical expert to enjoy the display of around 100 historical keyboard instruments but if you are an expert doubtless you will get even more than we did out of a visit. We were treated to an erudite but accessible talk/demonstration by... More

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Visited as a group this afternoon. Very good tour of the house and detailed explanations of the instruments. The demo recital was excellent. The pianist had a very dry sense of humour and very informative. The cream tea afterwards was very good as well. Great value for money.

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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Yesterday we attended the first Jazz evening of the 2014 season at Finchcocks Museum, in the Cellar restaurant. Now I am not a Jazz 'buff' (Beethoven and Mozart etc. are more my thing) but it was a very enjoyable evening. The restaurant was nearly full so about 40 of us had a nice 2 course meal followed by about 2-3... More

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Upminster, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We were the first group to visit this year, so we were told. We had a very warm welcome, and cup of hot coffee as well. Although the weather was cold, and the heating system was probably Georgian as well, the friendly welcome we had from our hosts continued throughout our stay, which included a tour of the house, lunch,... More

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Crawley
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We combined this afternoon visit with our trip to Scotney Castle, thoroughly enjoyed our visit the musical entertainment was great. As we had a family instrument there dating back to the early 1800's we were able to play this. A very interesting, enjoyable and unusual afternoon out. Didn't have time to eat in the restaurant unfortunately. The website is very... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Fascinating display of beautiful pianos and keyboard instruments and as the other reviewers have stated, you are encouraged to touch and play them. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Beautiful building and gardens. Tasty tea and cake! What more can I say? A great afternoon out.

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Sussex
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

The open day was very interesting - with the Director playing a variety of piano-fortes, forte-pianos and harpsichords. He was massively enthusiastic and gave a good talk around each instrument - but not too long :) I really liked the fact that my kids (who do play keyboards) could try various old instruments - it's that sort of approach that... More

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We try to visit when there is a garden festival on. There is entertainment at intervals during the day, a good restaurant for snacks and the wonderful Richard Burnett appears from time to time. It makes for a fabulous muscial experience which does not cost the earth!

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