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“Run Professionally by Volunteers” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Radstock Museum

Radstock Museum
Waterloo Road | Radstock, Bath BA3 3ER, England
44-1761-437722
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Ranked #21 of 92 Attractions in Bath
Type: History Museums
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Owner description: This history museum depicts life in a rural mining community in England, featuring the social, mining and farming heritage of the area.
Bath
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Run Professionally by Volunteers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

This museum started life in the barn of a local and has progressed to its current premises, easy to find just a few miles out of Bath on A367.
It will give you a real flavour of life in this part of Somerset with a recreation of a mine as well as a school room and the Co op. It is much loved by the local population and this shines through.
there is a small tea room and gift shop, with home made cakes. A lovely wee place to visit for an hour or more.
Pretty easy to park outside or just across the road and at time of writing, no charges! Nearby too is a lovely wee playground for children to let off steam after the visit!

Visited April 2013
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English first
Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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“How to get a quart out of pint pot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The origin of this English phrase means that you can't do the impossible, but this small and idiosyncratic museum comes pretty close. Radstock was part of the mining community and there is a permanent exhibition devoted to the history of mining, and how workers lived with their families during that time.

Upstairs there are changing exhibitions. We went to one on child labour in the mines and that was most interesting. This is a bijou Museum with always something to surprise and unlike giants like the Science Museum in London you can take it all in during one visit.

It is very good value for money. If you're going once, you can go in free for the next 12 months. Downstairs is a very helpful book shop with lots of local books covering not only history but rambles and useful tourist information.

There is also a small cafe which serves delicious cakes coffee etc.

Parking is not too bad, you can park along the road which is not restricted or a small car park but I think there are time restrictions.

Overall, fans of nostalgia and local history will love this. Keep it going, support the volunteers, and spent a happy couple of hours in a community atmosphere.

Visited August 2013
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Radstock, United Kingdom
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“Deserves a wider audience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

This wonderful museum is well known to locals but should be promoted more actively in Bath to try and encourage more visitors. We enjoy visiting the museum for the 'special' exhibitions of art and other artefacts as well as an excellent trip to take visiting friends and family to. Helpful staff and an excellent tea room and museum shop. There is also an excellent local history journal for sale (including several back numbers)which our visitors have often bought so they can read about topics which they have found interesting during their visit.

Visited August 2013
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Bath, United Kingdom
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“A very likeable little museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We had wanted to visit this museum for years - we finally went on a drizzly Sunday afternoon and found that it was really worth it. Some enchanting ladies to take your money and explain the museum and the museum itself with its many components of local history as well as the history of friendly societies. We enjoyed the Victorian classroom. All in all an interesting mix of local history.

Visited September 2013
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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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“Terrific museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

The Museum is well worth a visit, providing a history of Radstock and the surrounding area. In particular the staff were excellent and were happy to answer questions, provide guidance and show a real interest in visitors. In particular the school-room and the "mock-up" parlour were evocative of past times. Radstock has a varied history connected with coal, railways, and shoe manufacture and all of these aspects were covered in detail. Of great interest was the fact that Nelson's grandson had been rector of the local church. A most informative and interesting visit, nice cup of tea to finish together with a well stocked book/gift shop, a well done to the organisers.

Visited September 2013
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