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Somerset Rural Life Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A secret treasure

Such a lovely museum, well-worth a visit to enjoy a slice of Somerset hospitality. The building is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Peppipig
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Southampton, United Kingdom
Tea and the Tor

Tea with a view of the Tor from the sunny, peaceful courtyard is a treat. The Grainstore cafe has... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
CarolineG3984
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Glastonbury, 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...more
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Abbey Farm Chilkwell Street | Abbey Farm, Glastonbury BA6 8DB, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today for the “Victorian Christmas” of which there was no sign except a couple of people dressed up leaving two hours before the advertised end time. The museum used to be warm and full of atmosphere, themed around a local family. There were interesting...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a lovely museum, well-worth a visit to enjoy a slice of Somerset hospitality. The building is beautifully preserved with a magnificent ancient barn. The museum boasts its own rural setting with some delightful lambs meandering through an orchard full of the most wonderful varieties...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Peppipig
Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Wow, that's a wonderful review, thank you so much. It is so lovely to hear how much you enjoyed your visit, including our outside spaces which we are so lucky to be able to share here at the museum. It was particularly nice to read...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Tea with a view of the Tor from the sunny, peaceful courtyard is a treat. The Grainstore cafe has gluten free cakes, plant based milk with friendly service. There are some insightful installations, well expressed history and welcoming staff in this museum that brings to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for posting your lovely review Caroline. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and our wonderful view of the Tor. Thanks for your lovely comments about our staff - I will pass on your kind words. I...More

Reviewed October 17, 2018

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Somerset Rural Life Museum. It's packed with a panoramic variety of interesting options, both indoors and out. For the price, it represents good value as well at two seniors for L9. The two young ladies...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the variety of exhibits on display and that you considered the Museum to offer good value for money too. I was also pleased to...More

Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Very reasonable entry prices, well laid out displays which are quite varied and some are very unusual, nice little cafe, definitely worth a visit especially as the staff are helpful, (when you go answer the phone, it will make sense when you visit the place...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to send in your lovely review. I am so glad that you enjoyed your visit and will pass your comments on to the hard-working Museum team. We look forward to welcoming you back to the museum soon.

Reviewed September 23, 2018

We visited this week and enjoyed it very much, there is lots to see, we spent four to five hours going round to make sure to see everything, and there's an excellent café too. The staff are friendly, helpful and welcoming, I liked that they...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

Thanks for your wonderful review James. It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much. I'm particularly pleased to hear that you liked the sound effects - I agree, they really do bring the past to life. Thanks too for your comments...More

Reviewed September 17, 2018

Really enjoyed our visit here. Lots of very good displays from various eras depicting rural life through the ages including more modern displays including the Glastonbury Festival. The brilliant horse is worth the very reasonable entry fee alone. The only criticism is the signage for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

Thanks so much for your wonderful review. I am glad that you enjoyed the range of objects on display here at the Museum. It is great to hear that you enjoyed meeting Punch, our metal horse, too. He is proving to be very popular, especially...More

Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

Decided to visit yesterday as they had free entry, been driving past for years and never been in. It's lovely, gives a real insight to bygone years, you could definitely spend a few hours here. There is also Lovely cafe, all reasonably priced.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

Thank you for your lovely review Sarah. I am so glad that you called in and delighted that you enjoyed your visit. I hope we will get the opportunity to welcome you back to the Museum soon.

Reviewed September 5, 2018

A museum with two faces - very traditional buildings and parts of displays but also very modern amenities and some display areas. A very effective mix with plenty to see. Has a small tearoom with indoor seating but also outdoor tables with a view of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

Thanks for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor Brian. It is wonderful to hear that you approve of the changes made during the recent refurbishment and I am so glad you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for recommending us so highly and I hope...More

Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

This is a wonderful place full of history & lots to do! The coffee shop serves good food at a reasonable price. There is plenty to see & do including activities for the children! This is a must see when in Somerset, somewhere NOT to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Jennifer C
Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

That's a lovely review Jennifer - thank you so much. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed visiting the Museum so much and thank you for describing us as a 'must see' and 'not to be missed' - we really couldn't ask for more...More

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Marie D
July 28, 2017|
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Response from Robin S | Property representative |
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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