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“Isolated but historical”

Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey
Ranked #63 of 167 things to do in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Farmland Museum is an independent museum which also looks after Denny Abbey on behalf of English Heritage. The museum's display celebrate the agricultural heritage of the county and the rural traditions and industries associated with the area. On the museum site visitors will find a 17thC Stone Barn, a reconstructed early/mid 20thC Village Shop and a Wheelwright's workshop. Lots of hands-on activities for children including a play area. The Abbey is unique - it has been lived in and adapted by 3 different religious orders between 12th century and 14th century. It then became a farmhouse until the 1940s. The Tea Room is open at weekends, bank holidays and on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon's during school holidays (excluding Christmas holiday). Hot/cold drinks and assorted snacks available daily from the museum kiosk. The entry price covers the whole site including the Abbey. Season tickets are a great option for regular visitors. English Heritage members have free access to Denny Abbey, the Nuns Refectory and Walnut Cottage when they show membership card. A reduced entry fee is charged to English Heritage members wishing to visit the whole site. No free access to English Heritage members on event days (please refer to your handbook). Museum open daily. Weekdays 12 - 5pm; weekends and bank holidays 10.30am - 5pm
Reviewed July 15, 2012

We went to see it and we felt we were in rural places of Cornwall. There are some reading and playing aids along the walk, but use your imagination since it is mainly the buildings that you will see and tell the story. The history was rich and deep though, and good it was salvaged from being a barn. There was no food shop nearby and limited souvenir shop, and the nearest we were told is merely a coffee shop. Free for English Heritage members.

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Reviewed May 19, 2012

Easy to understand plenty to do and see from explanations of crafts and the old ways of farming to looking at the old abbey.

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Reviewed December 13, 2011

The small abbey has quite an interesting history and there are local craft and farming exhibits & displays, similar to other rural museums.

Thank Ken R
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

Denny Abbey is fascinating to visit - the legacy of it's long history is that it really is a thought-provoking architectural puzzle. There are arches everywhere - some bricked up, others with later arches cutting into them. It makes deconstructing the history quite a challenge. I've been here a few times before, and noticed this time that the information boards have increased.

The adjoining Farmland Museum is a wonderful step back to a time when skilled tradesmen made a living from rural trades such as basketmaking and blacksmithing.

Thank Andrew M
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Reviewed May 7, 2010

The site is in pleasant farmland, with intriguing dips, ditches, lumps and bumps hinting at former uses back to pre-Roman times (there's a map near the Abbey entrance). The Abbey ruins are a pleasing architectural muddle of romantic former usages and alterations, whose general history is copiously explained but the details were not clear enough for me to figure out precisely how to relate the story to what I was seeing in the architecture. There is a farm labourer's cottage fitted out as in the 1940s, with outside privy. I found this very nostalgic - it very much reminded me of my grandmother's house near Grantham at about that time. There is a series of cabins with static displays of traditional farmyard activities and apparatus, including a milkable full-sized model cow. Tape recordings are triggered when you enter each room and play oral history extracts; I liked this and the people's accents. The tea room is staffed by Mrs Overall who will slowly and shakily give you tray with a Tesco's scone and plastic box of jam or a bowl of tomato soup from a tin to carry to your table.

Thank Cassini
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