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Somerset Rural Life Museum

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Tea and the Tor

Tea with a view of the Tor from the sunny, peaceful courtyard is a treat. The Grainstore cafe has... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
CarolineG3984
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Glastonbury, United Kingdom
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A lovely little museum, charming, informative and diverse: decent snacks as well

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Somerset Rural Life Museum. It's packed with a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
preglad
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New York
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  • Excellent55%
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  • Average5%
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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...more
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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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 1 February 2014

visited Saturday 1st February Following the trip to Chalice Well with my partner we decided to dodge the rain and have a look at the Rural Life Museum. I'm so glad we did. Whoever designed this really understands their subject. Upstairs there is was a...More

6  Thank Brian-Snellgrove
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 27 October 2015

Its hard to write a hundred words about somehere we never went because it was shut. It looked like it was closed down, maybe for renovations, or maybe because its the end of the tourist season I dont know. I gave it an average rating...More

3  Thank Steve M
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Tea with a view of the Tor from the sunny, peaceful courtyard is a treat. The Grainstore cafe has gluten free cakes, plant based milk with friendly service. There are some insightful installations, well expressed history and welcoming staff in this museum that brings to...More

Thank CarolineG3984
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Somerset Rural Life Museum. It's packed with a panoramic variety of interesting options, both indoors and out. For the price, it represents good value as well at two seniors for L9. The two young ladies...More

1  Thank preglad
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

Very reasonable entry prices, well laid out displays which are quite varied and some are very unusual, nice little cafe, definitely worth a visit especially as the staff are helpful, (when you go answer the phone, it will make sense when you visit the place...More

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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 send in your lovely review. I am so glad that you enjoyed your visit and will pass your comments on to the hard-working Museum team. We look forward to welcoming you back to the museum soon.

Reviewed 23 September 2018

We visited this week and enjoyed it very much, there is lots to see, we spent four to five hours going round to make sure to see everything, and there's an excellent café too. The staff are friendly, helpful and welcoming, I liked that they...More

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

Thanks for your wonderful review James. It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much. I'm particularly pleased to hear that you liked the sound effects - I agree, they really do bring the past to life. Thanks too for your comments...More

Reviewed 17 September 2018

Really enjoyed our visit here. Lots of very good displays from various eras depicting rural life through the ages including more modern displays including the Glastonbury Festival. The brilliant horse is worth the very reasonable entry fee alone. The only criticism is the signage for...More

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

Thanks so much for your wonderful review. I am glad that you enjoyed the range of objects on display here at the Museum. It is great to hear that you enjoyed meeting Punch, our metal horse, too. He is proving to be very popular, especially...More

Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

Decided to visit yesterday as they had free entry, been driving past for years and never been in. It's lovely, gives a real insight to bygone years, you could definitely spend a few hours here. There is also Lovely cafe, all reasonably priced.

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

Thank you for your lovely review Sarah. I am so glad that you called in and delighted that you enjoyed your visit. I hope we will get the opportunity to welcome you back to the Museum soon.

Reviewed 5 September 2018

A museum with two faces - very traditional buildings and parts of displays but also very modern amenities and some display areas. A very effective mix with plenty to see. Has a small tearoom with indoor seating but also outdoor tables with a view of...More

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

Thanks for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor Brian. It is wonderful to hear that you approve of the changes made during the recent refurbishment and I am so glad you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for recommending us so highly and I hope...More

Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

This is a wonderful place full of history & lots to do! The coffee shop serves good food at a reasonable price. There is plenty to see & do including activities for the children! This is a must see when in Somerset, somewhere NOT to...More

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

That's a lovely review Jennifer - thank you so much. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed visiting the Museum so much and thank you for describing us as a 'must see' and 'not to be missed' - we really couldn't ask for more...More

Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Small but packed full of information. Exhibits were really interesting. I last came here about 20 years ago and it has changed so much since its redevelopment. Really easy to get around and parking onsite. Really helpful staff and very knowledgable and happy to answer...More

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

Thank you for taking the time to send in your review Beth. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed discovering how much the Museum has changed since your last visit. It is also great to hear that you found it easy to park and...More

Reviewed 27 August 2018

Found this when our planned day was a wash out 95% indoors so was a tick, well laid out museum of past Somerset times, nice little cafe.

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

Thank you for sending in your review Brian and it is great to hear that you enjoyed your visit. I do hope that we'll see you again soon.

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Marie D
28 July 2017|
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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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