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Somerset Rural Life Museum

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Rural Somerset Life - modern times, a Victorian farmhouse and a mediaeval setting

A warm welcome amongst the autumn leaves - fascinating glimpses of rural trades and farming life... read more

Reviewed October 11, 2017
HelenaFJ
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Taunton, United Kingdom
Very well modernized

Traditional Museums feel lifeless, tierd dusty places, but this refurbishment has done very well in... read more

Reviewed October 6, 2017
Barry K
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Somerset, 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 October 11, 2017

A warm welcome amongst the autumn leaves - fascinating glimpses of rural trades and farming life, interspersed with local artworks and oral anecdotes. All set in the fascinating town of Glastonbury, under the Tor, with sheep grazing in a little orchard. The cafe deserves a...More

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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2017

Thank you so much for sending in your lovely review Helena. I am so glad that you received a warm welcome and enjoyed your time here at the Museum. So glad that you enjoyed your lunch in the Grain Store Café too!

Reviewed October 6, 2017

Traditional Museums feel lifeless, tierd dusty places, but this refurbishment has done very well in using modern technology to overcome that. Short black and white films projected onto a number of surfaces and sounds all enhance the experience. Very impressed with what has been done....More

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Reviewed October 5, 2017

What struck me first was how calm this oustanding museum was, and such a pleasure to walk around. Perhaps it was the elegant design and settings of the rooms, the lighting, mixed media and the booths of information and displays on the key aspects of...More

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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2017

That's a really lovely review - thank you David. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much and that you appreciated the work that our design team put into the development of the museum. Thanks again for sending in your review...More

Reviewed September 28, 2017 via mobile

We had a very good visit and found it interesting especially as my family live in one of the surrounding villages and the Mapstone family are known to some of them. The lady in reception was particularly helpful to usMore

Thank Bernard S
Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2017

Thanks for your lovely review Bernard. It is wonderful to hear of your connection with the Mapstone family. I am so glad that you enjoyed your visit and, as always, I will pass your kind words on to the team who will be delighted that...More

Reviewed September 20, 2017 via mobile

The museum, a little outside the center of town, has a range of exhibits about how life was in the countryside in the past. It covers farm industries and trades, home life, festivals and events and other rural subjects. Lots of artifacts is well presented...More

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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to send in your review Alex. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that you appreciated the design of the displays. We do hope we will see you again soon.

Reviewed September 6, 2017

Farmyard galleries about the old Somerset trades and occupations around the old farm courtyard, themed rooms in the old farmhouse, the yard with a brilliant sculpture of a farm horse - hope it is respected, though I fear they may have to enclose it in...More

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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2017

Thank you so much for sending in your lovely review. It is wonderful to hear that you had such an enjoyable time here at Somerset Rural Life Museum. I do hope that we will see you again soon.

Reviewed September 1, 2017

A bad experience as both grandchildren have severe allergies and we were not treated with empathy when we asked if they could eat food from home...even though we also orderderd for ourselves. A spoilt day but SRLM certainly followed through with my complaint and put...More

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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2017

Thank you for your review and for bringing this to our attention at the time. I am very happy that we have been able to put this right and we look forward to welcoming you back to the museum in the future.

Reviewed August 26, 2017 via mobile

Lovely museum and obviously lots of improvements made recently. The downsides were the cafe and shop. Extremely overpriced at £10 for a small toy horse which is being sold nearby for £2.50. At £7 for an instant coffee and a glass of cola, the cafe...More

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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2017

Thank you for reviewing SRLM on TripAdvisor and I am so glad that you enjoyed visiting the museum. I’m sorry to hear that you don’t consider our café and shop to offer value for money. The collectable animal figures that you mention are quite popular...More

Reviewed August 25, 2017

We didn't visit this museum before its renovation, so we can't comment about the value before/since. But we spent a lovely couple of hours here on a wet day and the children found lots to catch their attention. Especially the cast iron poacher traps! There's...More

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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to send in your wonderful review. I am so pleased that you all had such a lovely time exploring the museum. You are certainly right about rain and cake – definitely the stuff that British holidays are made of!

Reviewed August 18, 2017 via mobile

We spent the morning at the museum and it had a really lovely time. My Husband and I came with my parents, brother and our three children (4, 2 and 2), the museum is very well done, clean and informative. There was lots of outdoor...More

Thank Natalie F
Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely review. I am so glad to hear that your family had such a great time and particularly pleased to hear that the children enjoyed the various activities in place around the museum. Thanks too for your kind comments...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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