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Museum of East Anglian Life

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Address: Iliffe Way, Stowmarket IP14, England
Phone Number: +44 1449 612229
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Good place for children

I have taken my two grandsons aged four and two and they both enjoyed it. There is a nice play area and animals to see as well as plenty of room to let them run free. If you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Shirley H
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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have taken my two grandsons aged four and two and they both enjoyed it. There is a nice play area and animals to see as well as plenty of room to let them run free. If you don't want to eat at the cafe. Asda is opposite so pick up a picnic on your way in. Good day out.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely time walking round museum which consists of an old working farm as well. Indoors and outdoors. Pretty much average food and menu. Nothing spectacular but probably better than most museum cafes.

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Thank James B
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A whole day is definitely needed to explore this great museum. No matter what your interest in history or countryside life is, there will be something to entertain you.

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Kings Lynn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Not what we expected but still good place, there things to do outdoors and also indoors, Place is big, we spent all day walking around and was very tired. there is also nice cafe.

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Thank Ilona K
Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

on not such a great day its a good place to go, theres fod and drink and stuff to see. Ok for kids. they do a really good kids club as well

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Dunstable, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Excellent museum. The Abbey House interactive displays are first class. Lots of things to see from farming steam engines to caravans, animals to reconstructions of rooms. Staff very helpful, and friendly and a good cafe. The Tourist Information centre has a great range of information on the local area and again the staff were very friendly and helpful.

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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Lovely to sit outside in the countryside. They always have some great home made cakes too. Lovely for lunch with a good selection of hot and cold food.

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Surprisingly good and a lot of interesting stuff on display on a very large site. If you are a fan of Britain's industrial heritage and like steam engines this is the place for you. Visted on a wet bank holiday but still worth the trip. Quite quirky and the kids really seemed to enjoy it.

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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

The museum is really interesting - and the cafe excellent (can access without visiting museum). Delicious home made cakes, good choice of mains, tea and coffee also excellent.

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

For me to give such a high rating was, until now, unheard of. This venue does it all for me, outstandingly interesting, friendly staff et all. To top it all once a year (September) it hosts the celebration of East Anglian Traditional Music. Now I am not a great fan of of folksy music but this is a pletherer of... More 

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