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“Could be so so much better with a little thought”

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This great little award-winning and family-friendly Museum contains two fun and fact-packed biographical galleries, the fantabulous interactive Story Centre and a sunny courtyard. Situated in Great Missenden where Roald Dahl lived for over 36 years, it was created as a home for the author’s archive (which visitors can see on our regular tours) and as a place to inspire creativity and a love of reading in children, about which Roald Dahl was passionate.
Reviewed November 3, 2012

My friend and I were excited to go as we'd loved reading Roald Dahl books growing up. We went to the cafe first and although the food was good, a great opportunity to enter into the spirit of the museum was missed - we were hoping for a fun menu which referenced the dishes in books (spaghetti being called worms and that sort of thing!!) but only 2 drinks on the menu did. It dampened our moods and having heard people comment, "is that it?" when they were walking around, we ended up deciding not to pay to see the museum. The shop was good though!
I'd go back with some children as I'm sure it's good for them but as we wanted to be swept back to our childhood, we were disappointed.

Thank smile2010
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

I had obviously "Trip Advised" before embarking on a 2.5 hour journey here, so wasn't in all fairness expecting much, which was probably just as well .....

It was nearly midday when we arrived, so we headed straight to the Twits Cafe for lunch which was SO warm and welcoming, it was a great start to our visit. The proprietor couldn't have been more friendly and helpful and the food was delicious. It is a very small space however, so I should imagine a nightmare on a busy day, but we hit it just right.

The museum itself is very small with not a huge amount to do, unless you like doing an unsupervised colouring/sticking session in the crafts room or a spot of dressing up from an old trunk! The children humoured us adults as we looked at old photos and read historic letters; but in fairness there wasn't much for them to do. Couldn't help thinking that the space was there, why weren't they using it successfully in a more dynamic and engaging way? Interestingly there were no staff on hand anywhere in the museum, except at the payment desk!

My tip would be to have lunch at The Twits Cafe, do the museum (it won't take long! Although the gift shop was quite nice) Get a copy of the trail and walk through the village to see the library (Matilda), pumping station (Danny Champion of the World) and wander up to the church to see Roald Dahl's final resting place and then head back to the sweet shop opposite the museum. That was the highlight of our kids' day and it was very reasonable with something scrumdiddlyumptious for all budgets.

Quite a sad effort really, considering the museum is in honour of a man who brought so much fun, mischief and magic to the lives of so many children.

3  Thank AlyUk
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Our eldest term theme was Roald Dahl with project work attached to it.
Reading on the website that roughly 90minutes would get you through it was ideal. The attention span of my middle child is not the longest.
We learned a lot in the time we spent there. maybe due to us grown ups not being to familiar with Roald Dahl. The children enjoyed having a look, getting dressed up and listening and taking part in the story being told/ played in the little classroom that day. The craft area was fun for them too.
We took some time for cakes, sausage rolls and coffee which were really good and homemade.
I have spent a lot of time in cake shops and rarely get a cake which isn't overcooked or almost stale.
The Twits Cafe itself is quite small but there is a second room to take your food through or have it taken to you by the lovely staff. We were there on a dry day and sat out in the courtyard with our youngest being able to explore.
The staff was more than helpful.

Thank li t
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

It contained a lot of interesting info in such a small place, was very interested in his favourite writing place.

Thank Lucy_Ouzo
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Fantabulous museum and archive and links to Dahl's children's charity; quite inspirational. Be careful of 'Whizpoppers', not everyone approves!

Thank WalesPK
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