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Museum of East Anglian Life

Iliffe Way, Stowmarket IP14, England
01449 612229
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Ranked #1 of 16 attractions in Stowmarket
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Owner description: Discover the history and natural world of East Anglia on our beautiful 75 acre site—explore nearly 3km of woodland and riverside nature trails. Learn... more » Owner description: Discover the history and natural world of East Anglia on our beautiful 75 acre site—explore nearly 3km of woodland and riverside nature trails. Learn about fascinating East Anglian crafts and traditional Gypsy culture, get steamed up with our powerful engines and meet our friendly animals including rare breeds of cattle and sheep. Discover 15 splendidly restored historic buildings, including the newly restored Abbot's Hall and try some delicious food and local produce in the new museum cafe. « less
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

In the middle of Stowmarket (the post code takes you to the back entrance the wrong side of Asda) this museum is based around the old Queen Anne manor house which is itself interesting plus a number of old buildings brought from all over Suffolk. Lots of traction engines, a working water mill (at 1500 every day) plus farm and... More

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suffolk
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Nice little eaterie,good local produce ... Good coffee. Good wheel chair access ability Nice play area for gran kids !!..

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

A peaceful educational meseum in the heart of Stowmarket. Ideal for a weekend family day out. good shop lots of parking. Next to Asda store.

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

My daughter and I took my grandson here for lunch. The meal was quick and tasty, but the best thing is the play area inside. It is small but very good for toddlers.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014 via mobile

My family and I love this quaint place. The Suffolk Punch are worth the entry fee alone - they are intelligent, beautiful and extremely rare. More endangered than Giant Pandas these days. A lovely afternoon out with walks and picnic places. Well worth a visit. Not the most glamorous or high octane of places but it is sweet and authentic... More

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

A great day out for all the family. Staff very friendly & helpful. Abbot's Hall well worth a visit. Constantly changing exhibitions.

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stowmarket
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

A very nostalgic look back in time, very interesting and informative. The kids loved getting on the old tractors, and couldn't believe what it was like for school children in those days. A great place to visit if you like a bit of history, there is also some llive stock dotted around. Just beware if it is a wet day... More

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Ipswich
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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

It is very good value for the entrance fee £13 for a full day pass, adult and 2 children. The exhibits were very good and the museum (spread over the large site) was well maintained. All the staff were friendly and helpful. The only two suggestions would be. Have a note on how the car park system works and some... More

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Colne Engaine, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Had passed the brown sign before, visited out of curiosity and had a brilliant day. Excellent coffee and light lunch, affordable prices, very hospitable staff. Children made very welcome. Lots of interesting exhibitions with enough information to appreciate the exhibits, without spoiling the natural surroundings. Booked the tour of the dairy and cottages, highly recommended. Lovely walk by the river.... More

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Market Rasen, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

My friend and I were actually just looking for a café for 'coffee-and-cake' on a recent journey through Stowmarket and spotted the sign for the café at this venue. Much to our surprise, the attraction itself was well worth a look, even if it IS rather hidden away behind a supermarket. Much more entertaining than we would have expected AND... More

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