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Museum of East Anglian Life

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Address: Iliffe Way, Stowmarket IP14, England
Phone Number: +44 1449 612229
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10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Discover the history and natural world of East Anglia on our beautiful 75...

Discover the history and natural world of East Anglia on our beautiful 75 acre site—explore nearly 3km of woodland and riverside nature trails. Learn about fascinating East Anglian crafts and traditional Gypsy culture, get steamed up with our powerful engines and meet our friendly animals including rare breeds of cattle and sheep. Discover 15 splendidly restored historic buildings, including the newly restored Abbot's Hall and try some delicious food and local produce in the new museum cafe.

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Fascinating place!

This is a real jewel in Stowmarket's crown. The house is beautifully preserved with room-sets and various interactive historical pieces. The garden is lovely too, with some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Arlette E
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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a real jewel in Stowmarket's crown. The house is beautifully preserved with room-sets and various interactive historical pieces. The garden is lovely too, with some produce on sale.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited last Sunday - 4 adults, 2 teenage children & 2 younger children. What a fabulous family day in the sunshine we had. Fabulous river trail. Interesting historic buildings to look round. Animals for the kids to see. Plenty of old steam engines, fire engines etc. Lovely little cafe. Staff very friendly and knowledgable. Would definitely recommend a visit!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Travelled from Diss to Stowmarket with stewards of our little Museum in Diss at the invitation of the Museum of East Anglian life, Got lost in Stowmarket and could not find Museum and no indication of the Museum, we arrived late and were ferried around by two gentlemen on buggies, which was needed as we were quite elderly and there... More 

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you've never been it will interest you for an hour or 2. Not an amazing day out but will kill a couple of hours cheaply. Café is decent

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Thank davidshaddick2016
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thought it would be an interesting couple of hours to spend with my visiting 7 year old grandson.....wow! We didn't expect anything like what we found...so much to do, learn, experience. My grandson had a great time, he loved the animals, especially the pigs and when he next comes to stay, we are going to spend the day and have... More 

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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great day with lots of things to see in the museum generally. History was brought to life by the people that were dressed in a particular period, there were Romans right up to World War II. The costumes were amazing, my favourite was Elizabeth I, she looked like the real thing! Well done to all on such a brilliant day.... More 

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Thank C8439CTchristine
Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

You could quite easily spend a whole day here. There is something for the young and the old here. It is set out in different parts of the area and plenty of toilets around. There are steam engines and printing presses, gypsy caravans and farm instruments and machinery. There are play areas for children and small animals including pigs, goats,... More 

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

We recently went to a living history day here (sat 13th Aug) and it was great loads to see and get involved with would definitely go again! Downside was everything was so spread out and when you've got kids it's not easy for them to walk everywhere, so some of the things we missed sadly, also signs would of been... More 

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Halesworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

Me and my husband spent from 10am till 3pm looking round the museum and grounds.The museum was set in a large plot of land which includes a dismantled and reconstructed local cottage and factory.There is also a manor house with walled garden and various barns.The many rooms which are reconstructed to look as they would be in olden times had... More 

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Thank claire100014
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

Yes took our 3 grandchildren out to visit we had a good time took about 5 hrs to look around also there was displays on as had printed there names on a4 saying they had visit also you choose what design We also went to the cafe and had something to eat/drink.it was priced so you get a family of... More 

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