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The Museum of English Rural Life is one of the best things to do in Reading. Whether on your own or with friends and family, discover our new immersive galleries, research our collections, refresh in our café and relax in our garden. Admission is...more
Hours Today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
6 Redlands Road | University of Reading, Reading RG1 5EX, England
All reviews interactive games shop area couple of hours hands on activities extensive collection pleasant garden farm equipment interesting items closed for refurbishment young grandchildren children interested on display land rover interesting place reading university free entry outside area
Visited on Saturday morning and had a really good time! I'd seen their incredible social media presence, and seeing as though it's a 15 minute walk away thought i'd have a look around!
Honestly i was surprised with how much stuff there was! So much...More
This is a free museum with both indoor and outdoor areas. There are wonderful collections of farm wagons, tools with information on their development, displays on rural skills from times gone by, interactive games for children and adults. There are activities designed specifically for children....More
Lucky to go on Heritage Day and Had tour from Jenny on extraordinary women in Reading's past. My wife and I found it really interesting and enhanced our visit.
We will visit again with our other kids as much too see and really nice garden..More
AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago
Hi, Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Really pleased you enjoyed your tour. Our volunteers have worked really hard to prepare the Extraordinary Women tours, so Jenny will be very happy to hear that it enhanced your visit. We look forward to...More
English rural life is what this museum is all about. Farming and family life are portrayed with excellent exhibits. Very good interactive displays for children as well as different trails to encourage them to look at the exhibits. Small shop with cafe. Large outdoor garden...More
What a fabulous museum. Lots to see, the carts are especially interesting. At the moment they have a ladybird book exhibition which was nostalgic. A very small area for drinks and sandwiches. An outside area for picnics. Although it is free a donation is suggested...More
Having read a previous review, we allowed two hours for this visit but wish we had so much more time to spend. It was absolutely fascinating and we very much hope to return again next year when we are in the area.
Beautiful exhibits and...More
Had wanted to visit this museum for ages, and it seems it was a good thing I waited, because a fairly recent injection of lottery money has made it a really attractive place. It is the premier collection of its kind in England, and knocks...More
Extensive collection of artefacts, well labelled and described. Good interactive items. A marvellous collection of Ladybird Books. Fascinating drawings of farm carts giving names of each part: reminded of Oliver Wendell-Holmes' poem "The Wonderful One Hoss Shay".