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Museum of English Rural Life

6 Redlands Road | University of Reading, Reading RG1 5EX, England
+44 118 378 8660
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Visit on a dull Sunday

What a real gem. Both enjoyed the free parking, free entry (although donations appreciated) and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
R C
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Berkshire, United Kingdom
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A delight

Called here by chance, and it turned out to be a delight. There’s something for children, their... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2018
DadaGee
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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The Museum of English Rural Life at the University of Reading houses the most comprehensive national collection of objects, books and archives relating to the history of food, farming and the countryside. The museum galleries and garden are closed...more
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6 Redlands Road | University of Reading, Reading RG1 5EX, England
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+44 118 378 8660
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"interactive games"
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"shop area"
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"temporary exhibition"
in 3 reviews
"interesting exhibits"
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"couple of hours"
in 9 reviews
"hands on activities"
in 2 reviews
"extensive collection"
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"domestic life"
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"pleasant garden"
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"local hospital"
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"farm equipment"
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"lottery grant"
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"soft toys"
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"closed for refurbishment"
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"local events"
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"young grandchildren"
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"university campus"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 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!

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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.

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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at 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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Reviewed 26 January 2018

This museum was on our list to visit and wow we are so pleased we did. It really gives a detailed insight to our past. A wonderful extensive collection showing every aspect of rural life. So well set out -no stone unturned. Wonderful! We will...More

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

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit and found the new galleries so interesting. Thanks for the lovely review!

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Reviewed 19 January 2018

I have been to a number of similar museums around the country and the common factor tends to be that they are rather derelict and poorly set out. This museum is not huge but is located in a purpose designed brand new wing attached to...More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough review. We're so glad you enjoyed the content and layout of the new galleries, which opened last year after a redevelopment project. We are working on large print versions of the keys to objects...More

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