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Museum of East Anglian Life

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Address: Iliffe Way, Stowmarket IP14, England
Phone Number:
+44 1449 612229
Today
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
Description:

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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Went years ago but can distinctly remember some excellent bits for the kids. Well worth it. Beautiful spot too

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Southampton
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Southampton
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went years ago but can distinctly remember some excellent bits for the kids. Well worth it. Beautiful spot too

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Suffolk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

Wonderful day out with grandchildren (10,6,4,18 months) and their parents. Made bunting in Abbots Hall using sewing machine while toddler played with buckets of toys thoughtfully placed in each room; dressed up; put on our own puppet show upstairs; picked up an explorer pack and explored home close including school room, and 'play shop'; walked the river trail; met and... More 

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Wisbech, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

Visited while visiting Stowmarket. This very well laid out museum is ideal for a nice day as it is mostly outside with nice walks around between exhibits. There is room and scope for more on this site. some of the exibits are basic but still good. There is plenty of fun things to do everywhere for the young ones and... More 

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Well worth a visit- the house has been sympathetically restored and this together with the various other attractions makes for an interesting trip - there are also extensive grounds with walks, picnic areas etc.

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Thank Steve W
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

The museum although spaced out has some interesting things to see and the surrounding countryside on the premises is lovely to walk around. If you walk to the bottom there are some friendly farm animals and a windmill, great for little ones.

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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

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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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

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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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

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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