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The Museum of English Rural Life

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Good for children

You can spend a half day here with your children as this museum has lots of attractions for small... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2018
RedSlaad
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London, United Kingdom
Excellent little museum

A really well laid out and presented museum located just off the Bath Road on the east side of... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2018
210markd
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The Museum of English Rural Life is one of the best things to do in Reading. Whether on your own or with friends and family, discover our new immersive galleries, research our collections, refresh in our café and relax in our garden. Admission is...more
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6 Redlands Road | University of Reading, Reading RG1 5EX, England
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

You can spend a half day here with your children as this museum has lots of attractions for small kids. Also has a good garden with some chickens. The entrance is free.

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Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

A really well laid out and presented museum located just off the Bath Road on the east side of Reading. If the topic is something that interests you, definitely check it out. It's free to get in and parking is free. There's a lovely outdoor...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

What a real gem. Both enjoyed the free parking, free entry (although donations appreciated) and spent a good 3 hours wandering around absorbing all of the fabulous finds that we all too easily forget about when surrounded in the modern day lifestyle. Would return.

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

Called here by chance, and it turned out to be a delight. There’s something for children, their parents and their grandparents. The museum explains a bygone life where most people lived and worked a rural life on the land. There are displays, exhibits, recreations and...More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

We really loved this museum, and it's a place you could go back to time and time again. There was lots to see,including interactive things like dressing up for the children. There was further information available in video or printed form. Really great place for...More

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Reviewed 2 March 2018

We went in half term. Lots of pre school families here. Good cafe area plus trails and workshops for young children. Clean toilets and cute little shop area too. Pretty through collection of big old farming stuff. I did like that the staff were very...More

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Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

What a fantastic night! Seven of us came - we weren't sure how many people would come but it was well attended which was so lovely! Brilliant range of things to do and see - spinning, make your own felt necklace, various displays, we adored...More

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

A fascinating museum, lots and lots of exhibits in a modern setting, generally well displayed, but very little information about what anything actually is! probably set up for children mainly. Really enjoyed the short films! You'll need at least a couple of hours.

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Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

Very well kept museum. Informative and interesting exhibits. Winter treasure trail and summer treasure trail to keep the kids occupied. Visited on a weekend so parking was not a problem.

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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2018

Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you found the museum interesting. We regularly change our family trails, though the rat trail has become a firm favourite and a permanent fixture!

Reviewed 5 February 2018

Lots of really interesting exhibits as well as hands on activities for kids. Interesting items to buy in the shop and books as well.

Thank Diane A
AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2018

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to post a review. We're glad you enjoyed the children's activities and found the shop interesting. We try to update our ranges regularly!

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