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Somerset Rural Life Museum

Chilkwell Street | Abbey Farm, Glastonbury BA6 8DB, England
+44 1458 831197
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More Than Just An Attraction

We have been keeping an eye on the Museum for a long time and at last we saw the Opening Day had... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ChompingEatingArmy
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Yeovil, United Kingdom
A new vision of old Somerset

I can remember taking my children to the Rural Life Museum when they were small. Last week I went... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
walset
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Bath, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Chilkwell Street | Abbey Farm, Glastonbury BA6 8DB, England
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+44 1458 831197

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been keeping an eye on the Museum for a long time and at last we saw the Opening Day had arrived. So the following week we ventured in with the intention of having a drink and a snack in the café upstairs. The...More

Thank ChompingEatingArmy
Reviewed 1 week ago

I can remember taking my children to the Rural Life Museum when they were small. Last week I went with my son and his two children. We all really enjoyed it as it brought to life earlier times. The staff were delightful and very helpful....More

Thank walset
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited a few year ago and what a difference now! The museum has been under renovation for close to two years and the end result is wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. A very friendly welcome, everything explained to us. The newly built areas...More

Thank Alyson T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has just been re-opened after a 3 year refurbishment programme. The very old buildings (the amazing huge barn dating back to 14th Century when it was part of the estate of the Monks of Glastonbury Abbey), have all been sympathetically restored and contain...More

Thank SusanAxbridge
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This well-known Somerset museum has been closed for renovation for the last two years and re-opened at the beginning of June 2017. The following may be helpful: - 1. Plenty of parking and level access to the museum makes access easy for those with limited...More

Thank nicfa
Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for sending in your lovely review, I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much. Thanks too for listing some of the museum’s features – I’m sure that other visitors to TripAdvisor will find this very useful....More

Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

We've been coming down to Glastonbury for close to 15 years, and this was the only museum in the town that we had not visited. I'm not sure what it was like before the renovation, but the two years have been well spent! You get...More

Thank Cooper-Knights
Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much and thanks too for your lovely comments about our staff. As always, I will pass your comments on to the...More

Reviewed 9 June 2017

The Rural Life Museum has just re-opened after a long and expensive renovation, and I think they've done a great job. We live nearby, so had visited the museum several times before it closed for the re-fit. Comparing then and now, I think it's a...More

Thank ephemerian
Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2017

Thank you for posting such a wonderful review. I am so pleased that you think the team have done a great job and it is good to hear that you prefer the new location of our café and the presentation of the Abbey Farm buildings....More

Reviewed 8 June 2017

What a great new attraction this is for the tourists and locals alike to see in Glastonbury. This really is something for the town to be proud of. OK, there are still a few things that need to be finished off but hey… This is...More

Thank gerryurch
Robin S, Visitor Services Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2017

Thank you for taking the time to send in your review. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much - from our wonderful horse sculpture and the Abbey Barn to the cake in our Grain Store Café! Great to hear that...More

Reviewed 4 June 2017

£2.4 million pounds has been spent redeveloping this museum from an atmospheric building that housed local artefacts in a quaint old farm into a sterile, boring flat, could be anywhere exhibition. What was the room for rotating exhibitions is now the main entrance with the...More

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SomersetRLM, Public Relations Manager at Somerset Rural Life Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2017

We’re sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy your first visit and would like to let you know a little more about the redevelopment project. The project sought to address two main issues – the need to better preserve and share museum collections and a...More

Reviewed 25 July 2016

The museum has been closed for refurbishment. There will be a tea room, disabled access, gallery and exhibition spaces and a wonderful glass fronted classroom space which can be hired.

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