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Somerset Rural Life Museum

Opens in 29 min: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Spend a really interesting couple of hours here

Recently subject to a major overhall, this is one of the most interesting museums we have ever... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Chris R
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Exeter, United Kingdom
Beautiful museum

Such a fun little museum,very informative with some great photos and old equipment ... kids loved... read more

Reviewed January 2, 2019
Iuqcaj22
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Brisbane, Australia
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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
Opens in 29 min
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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 2 days ago via mobile

For a start museum is quite expensive for what is there. The exhibits from the old rural crafts, film footage, photographs are quite interesting but also evident in Taunton Museum of Somerset (which is free). However the temporarily exhibition by Matilda Temperley was baffling. It...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

One of my reasons for visiting the Somerset Rural Life Museum was to see the exhibition of photos by Matilda Temperley entitled "A View From The Hill". The photos were excellent and interesting, but my enjoyment of the photos was spoiled by the sound of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank cheddargeoff
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I used to visit this museum some years ago and it is unrecognisable in its revamped form. All the old farm implements that used to be in the yard are gone: it used to really feel like you'd stepped into an old farmyard and you...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank KateF81
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Recently subject to a major overhall, this is one of the most interesting museums we have ever visited. Here you will find exhibits and information on aspects of Somerset rural life from the last century until the present. It's well worth your time. It isn't...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Chris R
Reviewed January 2, 2019 via mobile

Such a fun little museum,very informative with some great photos and old equipment ... kids loved it ... a nice café and outdoors area too ... we had a fab time ...

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Iuqcaj22
Reviewed December 15, 2018 via mobile

Wow-what an amazing setting to visit Father Christmas! 10 minute slots and we weren't rushed and we were the only people there. Very well organised. Lovely present too. Also had a walk around the exhibits too, very interesting and we also did the Christmas trail....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank gemmae467
Reviewed December 1, 2018 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
1  Thank Steve G
Reviewed November 23, 2018

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 November 27, 2018

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 November 14, 2018 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
2  Thank CarolineG3984
Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2018

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 November 28, 2018

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

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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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