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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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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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A great day out for all the family

The Museum of East Anglian Life is a great place for a day out with all the family. There are woodland walks and many attractions to look at that give an insight into life 'back... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The Museum of East Anglian Life is a great place for a day out with all the family. There are woodland walks and many attractions to look at that give an insight into life 'back in the day'. There is a children's play area and a riverside walk. Picnic tables, or a lovely cafe. Attractions are both inside and out... More 

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Lowestoft
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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We were very lucky to visit on a beautiful sunny day, so we experienced the very best of the grounds and had a lovely walk through - taking a look at life in Suffolk over the years. From farm machinery to traveller caravans to farm animals and a look at how people lived many years ago. A great day for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Great place to eat a light lunch. We were told food is locally sourced. Portions are small but very tasty. You can keep yourself entertained by visiting the museum or buy really nice souvenirs at the museum shop. Very nice place, all in one spot.

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Brussels, Belgium
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Really enjoyed this museum, there was something for everyone. Went with my 4-year-old daughter and my 78-year-old father. Plenty of interest in terms of local history but also outdoor space, play areas and animals. Staff were friendly and we had a nice light lunch at the cafe. We spent around 4 hours there including time for lunch and coffee and... More 

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Fawley, United Kingdom
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The word 'museum' has certain connotations and initially I wasn't too keen. Wish we hadn't left it so late as you could spend a large part of the day here. There's a working charcoal making and hurdle making area. Who can resist pygmy goats or pigs in the farm animal section? There's an industrial zone and a historic hamlet included... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 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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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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4 helpful votes 4 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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