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“Never heard of Milestones Museum, first time visit Oct 13”
Review of Milestones Museum

Milestones Museum
Ranked #1 of 42 things to do in Basingstoke
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Step inside the story of our social, retail and industrial heritage and imagine what life would have been like during the Victorian era and the 1930s as you explore the life size streets, buildings, shops and vehicles, all under one roof. Be inspired by wonderful collections from vehicles, toys, domestic appliances and lots more! See how our homes developed through decades from 1930 - 1970s with our authentic room-sets. Experience our 1940s sweet shop when you purchase an old penny for £1 to buy your 2oz ration of sweets in the sweet shop. Have fun in our vintage penny arcade. Dress up in Victorian costumes. Under 5s can also enjoy our play post office. Experience our working Edwardian pub where you can enjoy a pint and a sandwich. Events such as LEGO and Father Christmas Grotto at selected times of the year.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Rolvenden, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
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“Never heard of Milestones Museum, first time visit Oct 13”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

This was our families first time visit to Milestones, we only find out about the place by reading a leaflet we found at another venue, sadly not at our holiday park, but's that's another story!!
After parking, we entered the venue after paying we went down the stairs back into the past.
Wow, so much to see a little something for everyone, our young one (5) enjoyed the post-office, to enter you needed to obtain a special key because the museum wish to keep the room for younger members to enjoy. Period clothing was also available to wear, he did look the part. Moving on, the collections of artefacts are amazing and take the older ones of us on a trip down memory lane. Many items that we once used on day to day where on show, from old fridges, old cookers, right up to modern ones in use today. Plenty of old vehicles on show. Shame that most of them had signs asking you not to climb on them. Watch for this as the leaflet say's you can board the vehicles. There was an old pub serving a good selection of drinks, a bit small but I guess this is how it was back then. The best bit, when you pay to enter if you pay an extra 70p you receive an old penny to exchange for 2 ounces of sweets from the 1940's sweetshop, plenty of varieties to choose from. Do you remember the old 1D penny slot machines? well your in for a treat here, down one-side of the venue has been given to many old 1D slot machines all in working order, you can change modern money into 1D's and have a good time, some machines like "what the butler saw" and many others be aware are "rude" but good fun.
This place is what you make of it, for us it provided an excellent day for two boys aged 5 & 15 and three adults one in his 40's the other in her 60's so you can imagine the stories we where told. Well worth revisiting and yes we will be going back :)

Visited October 2013
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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273 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Surprised”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

You'll need at least a couple of hours to visit here and to look at all the items on show. The audio hand held set is included in the price and worth taking advantage of. It shows various streets, work places, houses, shops of the time and well planned out. It was interesting going through the time tunnel to the 1930's and seeing the changes. Maybe as previous reviewers have said it does lack atmosphere, but don't let that put you off, it is a great museum although when you can remember some of the things on show ..................

Visited November 2013
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Portsmouth
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“Great trip down memory lane”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

Spent a wet Sunday here and thoroughly enjoyed it. So much to see and a little something for everyone. Even young ones will enjoy it. The collections of artefacts are amazing and take the older ones of us on a trip down memory lane. Give yourselves a couple of hours to look at everything. Well worth revisiting

Visited October 2013
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Basingstoke
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Needs more atmosphere”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

I went here with my mother and we found it to be very interesting, in terms of displays and item to be viewed from the past. We were able to take photos and there was a pub where we had a very nice ploughmans lunch and a shandy, although there was very limited space in the pub, but it did have some character. My main gripe was that I felt the overall general atmosphere was ruined by the actual building, as it was very modern and it had a bit of a supermarket feel to it, sadly. There is a nice shop for souvenirs, which we enjoyed.

Visited December 2012
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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“Good fun day out!”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

We took my dad there and he really loved the museum, really tapped into his memories.
The diner was very busy due to the Oktoberfest outside and I did get a slightly frozen Cornish pasty but was rectified very quickly.
It was a lovely day

Visited October 2013
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