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Red House Museum & Gardens

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Address: Quay Road, Christchurch BH23 1BU, England
Phone Number: +44 1202 482860
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Red House Museum & Gardens is located in the centre of Christchurch...

The Red House Museum & Gardens is located in the centre of Christchurch by the Priory. The former Georgian workhouse is now a local history museum which hosts a changing programme of exhibitions and activities for families and adults. Relax in the aromatic walled Herb Garden featuring herbs and old-fashioned roses, and stroll through the woodland walk in the tranquil South Garden. Facilities include, accessible toilets, cafe, shop as well as venue hire spaces.

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Museum is in the old workhouse

This is a lovely local museum that gives a lot of information about the history of the town from its earliest beginnings, including life in the workhouse. It is suitable for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Herts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely local museum that gives a lot of information about the history of the town from its earliest beginnings, including life in the workhouse. It is suitable for children and adults alike. There is also an exhibition area which was displaying local art, when we visited. You can walk in the garden, but there is not a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

Not a huge place, but fascinating. Hundred of thing crammed into little corners. Worth a visit. Will have to go back again soon. It's a bit cramped so maybe not the easiest place to visit with younger kids.

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City of London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

You would not by looking at the building realise it was a museum full of interesting facts and material from way back when, The reason I say that is because they go so far back I have forgotten the actual dates, but it gives you a good idea of how the people of Christchurch lived and earnt a living in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

I like to visit local museums and this is a top tier one with exhibition space for changing exhibits plus a secluded and picturesque garden. The exhibits range from prehistoric / Roman upstairs to all sorts of items of mainly Victorian provenance downstairs including tools, household items, toys... The café consists of a posh coffee machine although I thought I... More 

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Thank sheepygold
Stafford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

First time visited today. Worth a visit. Staff friendly and helpful. Unfortunately it was raining at the time so didn't experience the gardens.

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Thank Caroline B
Prestatyn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Nice little museum to Potter in for an hour free to enter. Local informations an a garden area. Good for teenagers and adults.

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Thank Phil M
Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

This small museum is in a quiet corner near Christchurch Priory. A few parking spaces otherwise use the car park adjacent to the Priory. On two levels with some steep stairs, the museum is full of local interest. It is very well laid out and there was a friendly reception. Quiet garden for relaxing.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

Gardens are a quiet oasis in the middle of town. Historical exhibits were interesting and obviously very schoolchild friendly. There was a dressing up box and a school group studying some of the art. Very friendly and helpful volunteers who clearly love the place.

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Thank Lesley M
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2016

A quaint museum very interesting with a number of themes. The gardens probably need to be visited later in summer but an obvious effort has been made to educate. Good models of dinosaurs in the garden. Nice to finish with tea or coffee and cake which is apparently self service. The collection was well worth seeing and we will return.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2016

Close to the Priory down a road outside behind the town. Well worth a visit as the museum tells the story of the area from Prehistoric times up to modern day with lots of information to suit young and old. The staff are very helpful and friendly, the place is well laid out and you can wander around easily. It... More 

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