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Excellent cafe and gift shop

I visited here for the cafe and was so pleased that I did. The homemade soup and scone was... read more

Reviewed December 10, 2018
Peterborough, United Kingdom
If you're interested in John Clare then it's definitely worth a visit

We really love John Clare's work so have been meaning to visit Helpston and John Clare's cottage... read more

Reviewed September 30, 2018
Frida A
Oxford, United Kingdom
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12 Woodgate | Helpston, Peterborough PE6 7ED, England
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Reviewed February 5, 2019

We called here on spec and were lucky it was open (essential to check opening hours as these are odd). Very interesting if you are a Clare fan; you will get more out of it if you like his poems. However, I'm sorry, but we...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank DaleCheshire
JohnClareCottage, Front Office Manager at John Clare Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback, sorry you did not enjoy your visit. If you would like to call the Cottage I would be happy to discuss your visit with you.

Reviewed December 10, 2018

I visited here for the cafe and was so pleased that I did. The homemade soup and scone was delicious, plus we couldn't resist the home made cakes. Lovely staff. We didn't go into the cottage this time but have done before and that is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank karencA6283NY
Reviewed September 30, 2018

We really love John Clare's work so have been meaning to visit Helpston and John Clare's cottage for a long time. Had no particular expectations - and that was perhaps a good thing. This is not at all like that other famous literary home -...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Frida A
Reviewed September 16, 2018

Moving through the cottage the visitor walks through the life of John Clare. The recorded commentary is well presnted and helped me make greater sense of what I was seeing. This was an enjoyable experience and motivated me to engage with Clare’s poetry, which I...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank mcowburn1
Reviewed August 25, 2018

Does provide a better understanding of a rural poet and also an insight of how an ordinary family existed in those times. A must for anyone studying this period.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank 141ken
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

I visited the house as there was a craft fair advertised. The interpretation boards were very informative and I'd like to revisit as the upstairs was closed due to the craft fair. There was also a well stocked cafe with a wide range of cakes...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank bke004
Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

Being interested in John Clare we made the fifty minutes journey and were very glad we did. The entrance charge is very reasonable and there is more to see than you might expect. The people were very friendly, the information well displayed and the audio...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank John M
Reviewed July 27, 2018 via mobile

We recently went to see the theatre company, the pantaloons perform ‘the importance of being earnest’ in the John Clare gardens. A gorgeous setting, bring your own picnic which the actors will help themselves too throughout the performance, extremely funny! Would recommended even if you...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank emmamallett312
Reviewed July 20, 2018

Great little museum, lots of information about the poet and his life and work.Plenty of his poetry around, and a room with some good information about mental health then and now. Well presented with activities for children as well. The audio guide brought it all...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Carol W
Reviewed July 10, 2018

My first tip would be, to make sure you do a little bit of research before visiting as I think the attraction is suited to people who appreciate the background. If its a family day out and a Burger Meal - then you maybe somewhat...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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September 7, 2016|
Response from bec1623 | Reviewed this property |
Usually open Friday's and Saturdays but I would phone first to check as it is run by volunteers. I went on a group booking but I would assume there is a senior concession.