We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
WINNER WONDERLAND
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor

Museum of East Anglian Life

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Iliffe Way, Stowmarket IP14, England
Phone Number: +44 1449 612229
Website
Today
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 135 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 66
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Great day out - lots to see and do for all ages

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
shaz1Suffolk
,
Suffolk
Add Photo Write a Review

135 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Showing 133: English reviews
Suffolk
Level Contributor
98 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Helpful?
Thank shaz1Suffolk
Wisbech, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
186 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 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 

Helpful?
Thank Nick T
Stowmarket, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
147 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
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.

Helpful?
Thank Steve W
Ipswich, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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.

Helpful?
Thank Natasha B
Suffolk, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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.

Helpful?
Thank Arlette E
Ipswich, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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!

Helpful?
Thank Mark S
Diss
Level Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 

Helpful?
Thank DissBluebell
Stowmarket, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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

Helpful?
Thank davidshaddick2016
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

Helpful?
Thank salander5
Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

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 

Helpful?
Thank C8439CTchristine

Travelers who viewed Museum of East Anglian Life also viewed

 
Long Melford, Babergh District
 

Been to Museum of East Anglian Life? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Museum of East Anglian Life and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Cowes, United Kingdom
over a year ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Museum of East Anglian Life staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?