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Red House Museum & Gardens

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Address: Quay Road, Christchurch BH23 1BU, England
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+44 1202 482860
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00

The Red House Museum & Gardens is located in the centre of Christchurch...

The Red House Museum & Gardens is located in the centre of Christchurch by the Priory. The former Georgian workhouse is now a local history museum which hosts a changing programme of exhibitions and activities for families and adults. Relax in the aromatic walled Herb Garden featuring herbs and old-fashioned roses, and stroll through the woodland walk in the tranquil South Garden. Facilities include, accessible toilets, cafe, shop as well as venue hire spaces.

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Interesting way to spend a couple of hours

Interesting place / history of the Christchurch Workhouse. Unusual garden which is worth a visit, especially for children. It's a free visit, donations are welcome.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 February 2017
Andy S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Interesting place / history of the Christchurch Workhouse. Unusual garden which is worth a visit, especially for children. It's a free visit, donations are welcome.

Thank Andy S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

This was a real find, an interesting building full of interesting things well laid out and interpreted. Staff were very welcoming and obviously really enthusiastic about what they do. It also has lovely gardens though as it was February and very cold we didn't hang about out there long! Great to see also that they'd got a corner for children... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

You must absolutely visit this enchanting museum Small yes , character OMG you will really love this place, plenty to see and walk around staff are so efficient and really helpful. If your coming to Christchurch then you really must visit this lovely place

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New Forest, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

I haven't visited the Red House for a year or so. I had a spare hour so in I went. It has an abundance of rooms and displays containing lot's of artefacts and history pertaining to the local area. Plus lot's of social commentary. All very interesting. There is also an area which has an exhibition of local art. This... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

This is a lovely local museum that gives a lot of information about the history of the town from its earliest beginnings, including life in the workhouse. It is suitable for children and adults alike. There is also an exhibition area which was displaying local art, when we visited. You can walk in the garden, but there is not a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Not a huge place, but fascinating. Hundred of thing crammed into little corners. Worth a visit. Will have to go back again soon. It's a bit cramped so maybe not the easiest place to visit with younger kids.

Thank walkab0ut21
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

You would not by looking at the building realise it was a museum full of interesting facts and material from way back when, The reason I say that is because they go so far back I have forgotten the actual dates, but it gives you a good idea of how the people of Christchurch lived and earnt a living in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

I like to visit local museums and this is a top tier one with exhibition space for changing exhibits plus a secluded and picturesque garden. The exhibits range from prehistoric / Roman upstairs to all sorts of items of mainly Victorian provenance downstairs including tools, household items, toys... The café consists of a posh coffee machine although I thought I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

First time visited today. Worth a visit. Staff friendly and helpful. Unfortunately it was raining at the time so didn't experience the gardens.

Thank Caroline B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Nice little museum to Potter in for an hour free to enter. Local informations an a garden area. Good for teenagers and adults.

Thank Phil M

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