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“Interesting not inspiring.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry

Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry
Ranked #7 of 37 things to do in Kendal
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Immerse yourself in Lake District History at the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry. Inside you can explore a typical Victorian farmers home from the food in the kitchen, to the elegance of the parlour. Other galleries tell the story of the Arts and Crafts movement, and the industrial history of this beautiful part of the world. Here you can discover the Lake District’s past in farming, mining, tanning, and many other ways that people have made a living amongst the fells. The Museum allows you to discover how people have lived in the Lake District and how the unique landscape has shaped their lives. You can also find out about Arthur Ransome, one of the Lake District’s most famous authors, and colourful characters. And why not stroll down the Victorian high street before you go to find out about the toys, food, and even medicines of the past. The Museum of Lakeland life is a must see for anyone interested in the history of this beautiful area, and with changing exhibitions looking at all aspects of Lakeland Life there will always be something new to discover.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children
Keighley, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Interesting not inspiring.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

I visited with two teenagers. The rooms were well laid out, worth a mooch. That said we went around quickly and probably wouldn't visit again even though I now have an annual pass ( part of the entrance if completing gift aid ). I didn't mind the £5 entrance as all 3 of us got in.

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Keswick, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“First class insight into Lakeland life.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014

One of those places you always mean to visit but never get there. Well at long last we did visit and what a great little place! An excellent representation of industrial Lake District, the story is well told and especially the mining heritage. Well thought out and accurate display showing a mine adit, plenty of artifacts and just enough explanation to leave you wanting to know more. The room layouts are fabulous, authentic and gloomy, gives todays kids something to think about!

Visited February 2014
Thank Lakesman95
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent presentation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2014

An excellent museum - lots of information, well presented. Very good exhibits which are arranged to appeal to a wide audience. Very good value for money. Friendly staff.

Visited February 2014
Thank Sheila B
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Merseyside, United Kingdom
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238 reviews
139 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“Interesting but not worth £5 entry fee pp plus parking charge!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

We went to visit this having had an overnight stay in Kendal. We had intended to go visit the other museum in Kendal but unfortunately it is shut on a Monday, so we went here instead. We paid the pay & display car park & got a ticket which said you get your first hour back if you spend £5 or more in the shop or cafe, does not include entry fee! The entry fee was £5 per adult which we thought must mean it would surely take a couple of hours to go around hence putting two hours on the car parking. It is not that big and really an hour is plenty to see it, hence me saying £5 per adult is very steep!

It is interesting although a little pokey & dark to see things in places properly, there are different parts to see but not everything has labels or an explanation. There are loads of items that say do not touch but yet you are so close to them I would imagine it would make it difficult if you had children with you.

Not suitable for infirm as quite a lot of steps & levels & not suitable if you have a pushchair.

The ticket does allow you entry as many times as you want for a year but frankly why would you go a second time, as once you been round it you feel like you have done it & if you are a tourist you probably won't be back in 12 months! Would be better to lower the price & pay each time & you may go back.

I would say it was interesting but at £10 for myself & my husband to spend an hour, felt disappointed.

Visited November 2013
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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“Splendid little museum...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

A delightful little museum, where one can learn about the more obscure history of Cumbria. Not a high tech, interactive display, rather a quaint collection of domestic, agricultural and commercial artefacts that are well displayed and pitched to a wide audience. There is also an excellent Arthur Ransome display and a some really good, period furniture in an authentic room setting. The inevitable shop sells the usual bits and pieces, but also stocks some excellent local craftwork, including a lovely display of hand-turned, wooden bowls. Those with a little more time should combine a trip to the museum with a visit to the superb Abbott Hall art gallery, situated just behind.

Thank Howi58
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