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Museum of East Anglian Life

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Address: Iliffe Way, Stowmarket IP14, England
Phone Number: 01449 612229
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Discover the history and natural world of East Anglia on our beautiful 75...
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.
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Small town gem

we visited on a cold March day,but it was an open day and only £2 entrance.This was pretty good value ,but normal entrance is a little steep. but there was plenty to hold interest... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We visited on Easter Sunday, bought two tickets and made our way around the site in the rough order of the exhibits, although at times it felt like we were going backwards. We started in a big barn - obviously very old - with some tools on the walls and folders to read through explaining what they were. I liked... More 

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

we visited on a cold March day,but it was an open day and only £2 entrance.This was pretty good value ,but normal entrance is a little steep. but there was plenty to hold interest for a couple of hours,including working exhibits,vehicles ,live animals ,buildings ,would have been lovely to take a picnic on a warm day . Very good and... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Like a lot of Museum's of this type. it charges far more than the place is worth just to add because Tripadvisor wants me to "Could you say more? Reviews must be at least 50 characters. Thanks."

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

It was nice but did not have much to hold my interest. The house to one side with a walled garden was the most interesting.

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

An interesting place to visit for all the family. As well as attractions from local history the Museum offers riverside walks, a working watermill, animals, gardens and Abbots Hall. Lots of events throughout the year.

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Crymych
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We visited this museum with four generations of our family and there was something for everyone and we all enjoyed it!! The oldest was 85 and the youngest just 6 so I think that's amazing. We had morning coffee in the cafe then had lunch too. We arrived at 11, left at 5 ish and there was still lots we... More 

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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
30 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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43 helpful votes 43 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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