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Rural Life Centre

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Address: Reeds Road, Farnham GU10 2DL, England
Phone Number: 01252 795571
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Something for everyone.

The name says it all. It is a fascinating place to explore with bucket loads of exhibits and the enthusiastic volunteers were so informative. They have fascinating examples on all... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The name says it all. It is a fascinating place to explore with bucket loads of exhibits and the enthusiastic volunteers were so informative. They have fascinating examples on all manner of rural life from simple tools right up to tractors, ploughs and hay wagons. Some of the buildings were saved from demolition and moved here. There is also a... More 

Thank ExploreGB
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A little gem of an outdoor museum. A collection of buildings, farm implements and old-time crafts. Brick carving, woodturning, corn dolly making and loads more. An old school house, an andersen shelter, a cricket pavillion, a cycle shop straight from the 1900's, a shepherds hut... Brilliant day out and on weekends they even have a little narrow gauge railway working... More 

Thank Ela-and-Paul
Hook, United Kingdom
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196 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

More a village than a museum - Chapel, Cricket Pavilion, Railway, School, Prefab Bungalow, Gypsy Caravan, Air Raid Shelters. This glimpse into a disappearing facet of life is a great afternoon out. Lots of displays about occupations and ways of life in a cluster of buildings inside a bird reserve.

Thank Elizabeth K
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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164 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

There's plenty to look at here but it could do with a little more hands on activities. I think it was an activities day for kids so there were several extra stalls but I thought they could have been more related to the theme of the museum e.g. there was a 1000 piece jigsaw, some clay activity and a table... More 

Thank Caverkat
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

We went to the Rural Life Centre as a way of passing time when in the locality with nothing else planned. I expected it to be mildly interesting - that's all. In the event I found the whole place enthralling! The range and extent of the exhibits has to be seen to be believed. I congratulate all those involved for... More 

Thank Roger C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

Visited here for the tilford at war, kids loved it, loads going on, so much to do in a day, we will return on another day, they have things going on most weekends

Thank lucilou123Portsmouth
Woking, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

We took our daughter here on Bank holiday Monday. What a wonderful place to visit. Very interesting. The Polish museum was very informative and the prefab post war house intriguing. The train was running so for a small extra fee we enjoyed a ride and a chat with the volunteers there. For anyone local it is great to see old... More 

Thank Trina C
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

This place is a must to see. Not expensive to get in and certainly worth a visit. For couples and families alike. Schools can visit too. Found near Farnham this museum is a fabulous collection of over 30 buildings packed with all types of farm machinery , wood working, pottery, horse equipment, iron foundry, homes interiors etc. Showing the ways... More 

Thank garypoleykett
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed every second. My husband and I took our history obsessed 8 year old son, he didn't want to leave and has insisted we to back soon. There was so much to see and learn about, we particularly liked the 1950's home, the school and the WW2 exhibitions. There was little activities around most of the area for... More 

Thank Cassie P
Fleet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

This was our second time visiting the rural life centre on an activity Thursday and again it was a big hit with our group of children (2-5 years olds). Activity Thursday's run throughout the school hols and a huge team of volunteers organise little add on activities throughout the site. These range from simple colouring sheets and puzzles, right up... More 

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