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Somerset Rural Life Museum

Abbey Farm Chilkwell Street | Abbey Farm, Glastonbury BA6 8DB, England
+44 1458 831197
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Visited the Somerset Rural Life Museum and was pleasantly surprised at the amount of information... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
janethibberd
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Newquay, United Kingdom
Part of our Glastonbury visit.

We were staying in Glastonbury for a couple of days and having seen this building from the road we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
maria g
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Visitors to Somerset Rural Life Museum can explore rural life from the 1800s onwards and discover more about the county’s heritage including its landscape, food and farming, working life and rural crafts. The Museum reopened in June 2017 following a major £2.4 million redevelopment, led by the South West Heritage Trust.
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  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“the barn” (7 reviews)
“school room” (2 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Abbey Farm Chilkwell Street | Abbey Farm, Glastonbury BA6 8DB, England
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+44 1458 831197
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited the Somerset Rural Life Museum and was pleasantly surprised at the amount of information and quality of the exhibits. Worth a second visit.

Thank janethibberd
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying in Glastonbury for a couple of days and having seen this building from the road we decided to take a look.We are so glad that we did as it is an absolute gem.There are so many fascinating exhibits which tell the story...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just as it says on the packet it is a local rural life museum. Exhibits explanations and well worth taking you time to explore.

Thank John G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is a lovely find. My wife and I visited with our two grandchildren aged 7 &5. The staff went out of their way to give the children activity packs which happily occupied them for ages while they completed their various tasks . Well...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For visitors who take the time to read the information offered, this is really worth it. Many discoveries about how people fished, how they farmed, etc. Very inspiring heritage pictures, very well preserved and enlarged to 4 - 5 feet high pictures, to very good...More

Thank 88puffin
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you 88puffin; that is a lovely review. I am so glad that you got so much from your visit and it is wonderful to hear that you will return. Great to hear that you enjoyed visiting the café and gift shop too. We look...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's the less well known and local museums that I find the best value for quality. After having a good giggle with the staff I found that the museum itself is very informative depicting rural life in Somerset. A must.More

Thank Micklah
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful review Micklah. It is great to read that you enjoyed your visit so much and that you consider us 'a must'. Always good to hear that a visit started with a giggle! We hope to welcome you back...More

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Reviewed May 31, 2018

My sister and I had a great experience visiting here. The galleries about village life were very immersive, and there was creative use of projection throughout. Quotations from Somerset folk songs throughout the museum really added to the atmosphere. The Exmoor sheep in the orchard...More

Thank Meg_Hyland
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2018

Thank you for your wonderful review Meg. It was really lovely to read your comments and we are so glad that you got so much out of your visit. I have passed your comments on to the team who were as thrilled as I was...More

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Reviewed April 19, 2018 via mobile

The Rural Life Museum has had a revamp. Really well laid out & a great place to visit if you are at all interested in local Somerset history. Plenty to do & see for both adults & children. Very friendly & informative staff also. Unfortunately...More

Thank Rachel S
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor Rachel. It is wonderful to hear your comments and I am so pleased that you found lots to do and see here - for adults and children. It is lovely to read another great...More

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Reviewed April 11, 2018 via mobile

I took my 2.5 yr old and eleven month old and we had a lovely time. The exhibits are striking enough to catch a little ones attention e.g. a large horse, boat, milking stools etc and there were intermittent toys to play with as well,...More

Thank Jennie E
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 29, 2018

Thank you for sending in such a lovely review Jennie. It is wonderful to hear that you all had a great time here at the museum and that the children enjoyed the backpacks and the toys along the way. Thanks too for your comments about...More

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Reviewed March 27, 2018

I had visited the old museum many times and enjoyed it so decided on a rainy day to check out the new place. The school room has gone which was disappointing. Overall I found the museum light, airy, beautifully designed but dull. It may be...More

Thank diannlloydthomas
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded March 30, 2018

Thank you for sending in your review. I am so sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy all aspects of your visit to the museum. We really appreciate your feedback though - it can make a real difference when it comes to evaluating how the...More

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Marie D
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Hello Marie Thanks for getting in touch. Dogs are welcome in our yard but are not allowed in the galleries (except for assistance dogs). As our Grain Store Café is next to the yard, café visitors with dogs often enjoy their... More
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