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Somerset Rural Life Museum

Abbey Farm Chilkwell Street | Abbey Farm, Glastonbury BA6 8DB, England
+44 1458 831197
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Excellent Local History Museum.

The Rural Life Museum has had a revamp. Really well laid out & a great place to visit if you are at... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Rachel S
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Very child friendly

I took my 2.5 yr old and eleven month old and we had a lovely time. The exhibits are striking... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jennie E
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Visitors to Somerset Rural Life Museum can explore rural life from the 1800s onwards and discover more about the county’s heritage including its landscape, food and farming, working life and rural crafts. The Museum reopened in June 2017 following a major £2.4 million redevelopment, led by the South West Heritage Trust.
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  • Very good39%
  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Abbey Farm Chilkwell Street | Abbey Farm, Glastonbury BA6 8DB, England
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+44 1458 831197

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Rural Life Museum has had a revamp. Really well laid out & a great place to visit if you are at all interested in local Somerset history. Plenty to do & see for both adults & children. Very friendly & informative staff also. Unfortunately...More

Thank Rachel S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my 2.5 yr old and eleven month old and we had a lovely time. The exhibits are striking enough to catch a little ones attention e.g. a large horse, boat, milking stools etc and there were intermittent toys to play with as well,...More

Thank Jennie E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had visited the old museum many times and enjoyed it so decided on a rainy day to check out the new place. The school room has gone which was disappointing. Overall I found the museum light, airy, beautifully designed but dull. It may be...More

Thank diannlloydthomas
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for sending in your review. I am so sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy all aspects of your visit to the museum. We really appreciate your feedback though - it can make a real difference when it comes to evaluating how the...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours, this museum gives interesting insights into the history of Somerset and its people. The displays of exhibits were imaginatively presented with atmospheric lighting and interesting artefacts. Video information was cleverly given using artefacts as screens....More

Thank DaveBAmersham
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for sending in such a wonderful review Dave - I am so glad that you enjoyed your visit so much. Thanks too for recommending us so highly to others on TripAdvisor. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the way the museum has...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2018

Serious money has been invested here to good effect. Modern presentation brings local social history to life. We all enjoyed our visit which took just over an hour. The cafe was ok for light refreshments.

Thank David C
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review David. It is wonderful to read that you thought that the presentation of the museum collection, "brings local social history to life" - praise indeed. Thanks again and I hope we will see you again soon.

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Reviewed 7 March 2018

This museum is quite small but I really liked the way it was set out, especially the part with all the trades etc. We spent an hour or so here and it is worth a visit.

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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review Princess_Nemi - I am so pleased that you like the new layout of the museum. Thanks too for recommending us to others via TripAdvisor and I hope we get the opportunity to welcome you back to the museum soon.

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Reviewed 17 February 2018

We used to go to this as kids, and I'm so glad it is back so that we can take our own children. It's even better than before, too. Very interactive, lovely staff, great cafe. Nothing is too much hassle for the employees here -...More

Thank Rachel C
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your wonderful review Rachel. I am so pleased that you think we are, "even better than before," and thanks too for your lovely comments about the team, who will be as delighted as I am that you took the time to send...More

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Reviewed 15 February 2018

This museum is a joy. The revamp has been done with great skill and thought. The visitor is taken on a very interesting journey through time and themes. Exhibits are presented and displayed very well and interest is maintained throughout your passage through the museum....More

Thank ChalkieFrome
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

That's a lovely review - thank you so much. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your visit. As always, your comments will be passed on to the hardworking museum team who will be very pleased that you took the time to review us on...More

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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

We passed this on our walk to the Tor so went here this morning. Not expensive to get in. Plenty of information about rural life in the early part of twentieth century. The first world war exhibition was of particular interest to my husband. It's...More

Thank Sue S
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to post your lovely review Sue and for recommending us to others via TripAdvisor. I am so glad that you both enjoyed your visit and I hope we will see you again soon.

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Reviewed 27 December 2017

Anyone interested in local history would love this museum. It is laid out really well and fascinating to walk through. The exhibits are displayed well, mostly not behind glass, and there are good information panels and short videos projected onto a variety of backgrounds throughout...More

Thank Kim B
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Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much Kim; that's such a lovely review. It is great to read that you had such a wonderful time and I am so glad to hear that you have been recommending us to others. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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Marie D
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Response from Robin S | Property representative |
Hello Marie Thanks for getting in touch. Dogs are welcome in our yard but are not allowed in the galleries (except for assistance dogs). As our Grain Store Café is next to the yard, café visitors with dogs often enjoy their... More
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