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Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey

Denny Abbey Farm Ely Road | Waterbeach, Cambridge CB25 9PQ, England
+44 1223 860988
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Strange attraction. Combines the ruined abbey and the museum. The history of the abbey is... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2017
Bob B
Lichfield, United Kingdom
Hmmm...not sure what to make of it?

This English Heritage site is really 2 different attractions The Farmland Museum and the Abbey. I... read more

Reviewed 3 August 2017
Wickford, United Kingdom
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The Farmland Museum is an independent museum which also looks after Denny Abbey on behalf of English Heritage. The museum's display celebrate the agricultural heritage of the county and the rural traditions and industries associated with the area. On the museum site visitors will find a 17thC Stone Barn, a reconstructed early/mid 20thC Village Shop and a Wheelwright's workshop. Lots of hands-on activities for children including a play area. The Abbey is unique - it has been lived in and adapted by 3 different religious orders between 12th century and 14th century. It then became a farmhouse until the 1940s. The Tea Room is open at weekends, bank holidays and on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon's during school holidays (excluding Christmas holiday). Hot/cold drinks and assorted snacks available daily from the museum kiosk. The entry price covers the whole site including the Abbey. Season tickets are a great option for regular visitors. English Heritage members have free access to Denny Abbey, the Nuns Refectory and Walnut Cottage when they show membership card. A reduced entry fee is charged to English Heritage members wishing to visit the whole site. No free access to English Heritage members on event days (please refer to your handbook). Museum open daily. Weekdays 12 - 5pm; weekends and bank holidays 10.30am - 5pm
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Hours Today: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Denny Abbey Farm Ely Road | Waterbeach, Cambridge CB25 9PQ, England
+44 1223 860988
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Reviewed 11 August 2017

Strange attraction. Combines the ruined abbey and the museum. The history of the abbey is interesting but there is not much to see. The museum has a lot of historical farm machinery and tells the story of the development of farming locally.

Thank Bob B
Reviewed 3 August 2017

This English Heritage site is really 2 different attractions The Farmland Museum and the Abbey. I was attracted to the Abbey when I read that Knights Templars retired here after their Crusade. It really is an unusual place. The Refectory has a lot of original...More

Thank R0bbie78
Reviewed 27 July 2017

It took us nearly half an hour to queue to get in and this summed up the overall management of the site. It took a similar time to queue in the little cafe only to find they had sent someone to buy bread so they...More

Thank Eileen M
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

A small museum and Abbey, the farmland museum is looking a bit tired and is quite small, the Abbey is interesting with lots of information about it, quite reasonably priced more so if you are an English Heritage member. But about an hour or two...More

1  Thank youknowthescore
Reviewed 9 June 2017

This is a great place which offers an insight into the past of numerous groups of individuals from Nuns to Knights Templar to being just a family home. The changes are there for all to see and are well posted within the Abbey. There is...More

Thank petertheb
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

What a lovely afternoon we had exploring this little gem. Beautifully kept gardens and buildings. We are English heritage members so we got most of it included, but there is an additional cost if you wish to do the farm bit too. Some great kids...More

Thank madametulip
Reviewed 4 June 2017

The museum hosts a great deal of farming machinery of days gone by. Stables have been turned into indovuals exhibitions from dairy, to wicker basket making etc.. As you come into each room, automatically an interesting story of the farm going back to the 1900...More

Thank CJ H
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Little of the original Denny Abbey remains today but we still found our visit interesting. The Farmland museum is also interesting and worth a visit.

1  Thank denver60
Reviewed 24 April 2017

I really wanted to like this place. A medieval abbey with a farming museum thrown in. Other reviews refer to a hidden gem; unfortunately it's a gem that's lost its lustre and that's reflected in poor visitor numbers on a warm Sunday afternoon. The site...More

Thank The_Running_Tenor
Reviewed 16 April 2017

I went there on a Sunday morning, just after it opened. They had a small field, where I could park my car. I noticed there were only two other cars parked there and I believed they belonged to the staff. When I went to the...More

Thank ste141
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