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Finchcocks Living Museum of Music

Goudhurst, Goudhurst TN17 1HH, England
01580 211702
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Ranked #2 of 5 Attractions in Goudhurst
Type: Concerts, Specialty Museums
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- Sep 10, 2014
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Poole, United Kingdom
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187 reviews 187 reviews
38 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

If you have any interest in music, especially the piano. There is a collection of some 100 instruments, many of which are playable (in fact you are encouraged to do so, if you can) even though some instruments are positively ancient. If you are lucky you may have a humorous demonstration by Mr Burnett, the owner, who was a concert... More

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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50 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Unlike Bodiam and Batemans who are National Trust , Finchcocks is owned privately, when entering you will be amazed at all the instruments the Harpsichords, Pianos. Most of them are hundreds of years old. The owner walks around with you explaining the history of the instruments and at the end actually plays a few of them , which was fantastic.... More

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Fairlight, United Kingdom
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon here. Before the house opened we strolled in the gardens then had a delicious lunch. We entered the house and were able. To view the vast array of antique instruments and were invited to play them if we wished. The lady of the house gave an interesting talk on the history of the house which... More

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Montaren et St Mediers
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48 attraction reviews
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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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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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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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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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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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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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