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Museum of East Anglian Life

Iliffe Way, Stowmarket IP14, England
01449 612229
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Ranked #1 of 19 Attractions in Stowmarket
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The toilet facilities near the entrance were hidden away and suitably rustic. The new ones just beyond the cafe are a great improvement and can be got at before you pay for admission, which is a considerable advantage if you have come some distance, or are with small children. The food in the Osier cafe is good value and the... More

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Eye, United Kingdom
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117 reviews 117 reviews
39 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Small but interesting museum of local life. The exhibits are set up in bays within several sheds. There is a small Visitor Centre and also restaurant providing light meals with produce from their own gardens. There is lovely outdoor seating for when the weather is kind. There is disabled parking but it is some distance from the museum although it... More

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Ferreries
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 via mobile

What a find hidden away in the centre of stowmarket, the farm animals , the great little cafe, the wooded walk, really interesting buildings and engines, something for all ages, can't wait to go back

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Lots to see and do in the parkland environment, don't miss the Abbots House. We managed to be there when the water mill was activated, magical!!

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San Francisco, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I have visited this museum many times in the past, and it's always nice to wander around the outbuildings. But they have been making some improvements. The big old house, Abbott's Hall, has been redeveloped and has excellent displays about life in rural Suffolk. And finally they are building new toilets - the old ones have been the subject of... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is an excellent museum and we were unfortunate that we visited on a really wet day (we underestimated how much outdoor stuff there was to see). However, there was plenty to keep us occupied indoors and we still didn't even get to complete everything (a lengthy visit to the lovely cafe didn't help in that respect!). Cannot get my... More

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Diss, United Kingdom
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222 reviews 222 reviews
125 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We brought our 5 and 3 year old grandchildren here for the day and we all had a most enjoyable day out. You don't have to pay for under 4's either. We started off in the barns and just told the children about the things they seem interested in, which I may add was a lot. We walked over the... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Yesterday we spent a great day here with our two grandchildren aged 9 and 6. We found it both fun & very educational . The grandchildren particularly enjoyed being able to dress up in certain places and especially when Grandma took the role of school master in the Victorian school! The only down side was having to park in the... More

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This was an amazing day out. Me and my boyfriend had a fantastic day learning new things around this museum. Their were animals there, welcoming staff and we even bought a couple of plants that were 50p each. A tomato plant and a cucumber plant. As we were walking around we had a look at how they used to live... More

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stowmarket
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56 reviews 56 reviews
29 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A really interesting museum in Stowmarket, in a lovely setting, lots of activities for children, and very good displays, animals to pet, a mill and windmill, and a spectacular river walk.

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