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Museum of East Anglian Life

Address: Iliffe Way, Stowmarket IP14, England
Phone Number: 01449 612229
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Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Stowmarket
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Museums
Owner description: Discover the history and natural world of East Anglia on our beautiful 75 acre site—explore nearly...
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Type: History museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
41 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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