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“Smells, Drama.... !”

The Judge's Lodging Museum
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Reviewed 23 November 2016

Endorsing all the other positive reviews... real smell of real oil lamps and real gas lights.... no flickering led substitutes here.... and then the cassette tape Walkman audio guides - a retro treat from the 70s added to the centuries older attraction.
Wonderful to hear that great the span Robert Hardy on the audio guide.
This is a unique attraction in the UK.

2  Thank pjl29
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Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Finding that I had a couple of hours to spare and having been told that the Judge's Lodging house was well worth a visit, I decided to have a look for myself. How glad I am that I did. This is real history at its very best. Here you see what it was really like to be in such a place as the Judge, a servant or a prisoner. Not only do you see the Judge's quarters but you also see the small courtroom attached to the house and realise what ultimate power the Judge had in sentencing a prisoner to transportation, hard labour or even death. In addition there are two small cells in the basement where prisoners were kept awaiting trial. No televisions or modern day luxuries here. Just basic cells and squalor.

As you walk around the premises you do so with a small cassette recorder which tells you precisely where to go and even which door to go through. On your tour through the house you are introduced to several authentic local characters who, as servants, kept the house running whilst the Judge was waited on hand and foot. It is all very believable and beautifully presented with an actual trial being described through your cassette headphones at the end of the tour which follows one that actually took place over a century ago.

How many museums and other establishments have we all been to where we see the dreaded notice 'Do not Touch the exhibits'. Here you are invited to touch anything you like and open any drawer or cupboard door to show you the authenticity of things. You are even invited on the cassette to sit down on the furniture to rest and look around.

How I wish I had known about this place when I did my History GCE many years ago. This is history at its very best and well worth a visit and the payment of the entry fee. Never let it be said that Presteigne is a small insignificant town with nothing of interest. My congratulations to the many volunteers who keep this place running.

4  Thank RichardDI
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

If you are in mid Wales with a couple of hours to spare you should visit this attraction. Dating back to the mid 1850's it is a fascinating insight into a judges lodging and the lives of the staff both upstairs and down below. Using a very well formulated audio guide you are able to walk around the various rooms and then down into the dungeons where those awaiting trial were held overnight, before listening to a 20 minute trial in the courtroom. Unlike most museums you are encouraged to open drawers and sit in chairs. This is an experience unlike any other, why not try it, regardless of your age..

3  Thank Roy W
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Reviewed 14 October 2016

Really interesting museum to visit and the audio guide brings the house and experience alive. Really worth a visit.

2  Thank AnnieHowieB123
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

Fantastic staff, very informative. You are encouraged to touch, move and explore everything.
Your admission also includes unlimited visits for 12 months.
Absolutely brilliant.
Again, great staff.

2  Thank GRAHAM S
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