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The Museum of English Rural Life

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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I absolutely loved my visit to this museum. It was much bigger than I expected - I spent nearly... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
farwriter
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London, United Kingdom
Good fun and learning

Easy to access with plenty to look at. This is well layed out and has plenty to see for both young... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
richardw6464
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Reading, United Kingdom
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The Museum of English Rural Life is one of the best things to do in Reading. Whether on your own or with friends and family, discover our new immersive galleries, research our collections, refresh in our café and relax in our garden. Admission is...more
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6 Redlands Road | University of Reading, Reading RG1 5EX, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I absolutely loved my visit to this museum. It was much bigger than I expected - I spent nearly three hours there! (although admittedly old ploughs are my sort of thing...) Displays look at farming through the seasons, the development of rural technologies, various rural...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank for you taking the time to write a review. We're really pleased you enjoyed exploring the museum. It is always a challenge to keep interactives working, but glad they were all working for you! We're sorry you were frustrated by the lack of labels....More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy to access with plenty to look at. This is well layed out and has plenty to see for both young and old. It also has a nice outdoor area for the warmer weather

Date of experience: April 2019
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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you! We're delighted you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed March 9, 2019 via mobile

Really lovely museum, presented really well with interactive elements suitable for young children. The garden area is delightful and the cafe is also nice. Staff were so friendly and accommodating. Perfect for an afternoon's activity.

Date of experience: March 2019
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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit and will pass on your lovely comments to our reception staff!

Reviewed March 4, 2019

excellent museum, well laid out, interesting bites sized info boards, interactive exhibits and lots for all ages. spent 4 hrs here including a good cup of coffee!

Date of experience: February 2019
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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for the 5/5!

Reviewed February 16, 2019

Having never seen the MERL as it was before I can not compare it to its predecessor but I thoroughly enjoyed my day here. There is a giftshop/café before entering. I loved the visual display on a wall of the changing seasons. On to another...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're really pleased you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

Visited on a Saturday afternoon. Had good fun looking around all the exhibits. We were drawn there by the museums Twitter feed. The free Absolute Unit postcard made my son's day! Not sure it's a place I would visit often but good place for a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2019

Thanks for visiting and taking the time to write a review. We're glad you had fun and that the postcard was rwell-received!

Reviewed January 29, 2019

What a treat! This museum covers many aspects of rural life from times gone by. So much to see, laid out cleverly with a card system to gain extra knowledge on many items. A very helpful and knowledgable volunteer added to our visit. We caught...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit. We're delighted you enjoyed your the museum. It's great to hear that you used public transport too. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back in future.

Reviewed January 17, 2019 via mobile

Lots to do on site. Your first encounter will be a huge sculptures head, quite inspiring. Then wooden horse made from tree branches pulling a cart. We loved that one. Staff friendly and welcoming and knowledgeable. Lost of local artefacts. Plenty of interactive stuff the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2019

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit. The scultpure mentioned was part of a visiting temporary exhibition and is no longer on display. The redevelopment of our galleries and public spaces, completed in October 2016, was indeed funded by a grant...More

Reviewed January 15, 2019

great outdoor space for kids and parents, regular sessions and activities. Dining area is great, only down side is the merchandise is displayed all over reception area so kids keeps bugging parents to buy it!More

Date of experience: December 2018
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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2019

Thank you for your review. We're glad you liked the garden space and children's activities. There's plenty to do in the galleries too! We'll bear in mind your comment about having merchandise around the cafe area. We do try to keep poscket money items close...More

Reviewed January 12, 2019

Went there with my family and there was something for everyone. My little brother loved the big tractors and the outside area, Mum and I loved the book exhibition! Would love to go again.

Date of experience: September 2018
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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2019

We're really pleased that you and your family enjoyed your visit. The Ladybird Books gallery is always popular! We hope you can come again too! Thank you!

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