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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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Delightfully informative

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2016
John S
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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Thank visionary007
New York
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133 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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Barton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016 via mobile

A lovely little find. My partner came here with his class of children and he raved about this pace and how friendly the staff are. We took a trip t together a week later. Such a interesting place. We have recently moved into Christchurch town centre and we were amazed to find old pictures and stories of our home. I... More 

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Ferndown, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

Took my 5 year old Granddaughter & spent a delightful 2 hours . The exhibits will please both young an old. the small cafe was exceptionally clean & very reasonably priced. Coffee every bit as good as Costa at half the price . Lovely gardens .. Excellent friendly staff , Will return very soon .

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Thank 669iam69
Christchurch, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

A lovely little museum tucked on the edge of xchurch high street. So much more to see and do for the kids than we expected and a great dinosaur display in the summer.

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Thank Kat-kai
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016

To be honest we were looking for a parking space and pulled up outside the Red House, and as mentioned previously this is a hidden gem. The area is rich in archaeology stretching back over 750,000 years, and this former work-house manages to give a good appreciation of the history spread over it's 2 floors. Combined with a fascinating garden... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

Tucked away behind the Priory and the High Street the Red House is worth seeking out. This former work house is surrounded by a lovely garden containing a surprising variety of old herbs and, for the children, a few dinosaurs! Inside the museum you will find a vary varied collection of artifacts and, from the older visitor, the comment "I... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

We love exploring here, and there is always something new to look at. There exhibitions are always good too.

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