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Museum of East Anglian Life

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Address: Iliffe Way, Stowmarket IP14, England
Phone Number:
+44 1449 612229
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 16:30
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Discover the history and natural world of East Anglia on our beautiful 75...

Discover the history and natural world of East Anglia on our beautiful 75 acre site—explore nearly 3km of woodland and riverside nature trails. Learn about fascinating East Anglian crafts and traditional Gypsy culture, get steamed up with our powerful engines and meet our friendly animals including rare breeds of cattle and sheep. Discover 15 splendidly restored historic buildings, including the newly restored Abbot's Hall and try some delicious food and local produce in the new museum cafe.

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Lovely day our

Lovely day out, the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. We had a very lovely day and the weather was amazing! The farm was very cute and the little woodland river walk was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sabrina D
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely day out, the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. We had a very lovely day and the weather was amazing! The farm was very cute and the little woodland river walk was so lovely!

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Thank Sabrina D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were lucky, it was a gorgeous spring day when we visited, but I have visited before and will gladly return whatever the weather. An un-fussy mix of natural beauty, social and agricultural history with a solid understanding of its place in the environment and the needs of ALL its visitors. At every turn there is evidence of their care... More 

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

A great day out looking at rural artifact's or just a peaceful stroll around the beautiful grounds or just pop into the osiers for lunch or afternoon tea. We have been going to the blues festival since it started .The beer festival offers a large and varied selection of local real ales ciders and wine for those not Keen on... More 

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Thank garystoten
UK
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

We had a lovely time walking around the grounds, looking at the animals and playing in the old style shop. Great place to visit, loads to do. We didn't even scratch the surface!

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Thank goonette
Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

Ideal for young families. Lots of room to run around, nice playground with picnic area, farm animals and fantastic cafe. Cheaper entry in the winter as the barns are closed but still loads to do outdoors with lively children. Definitely worth the price of a season ticket.

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Thank Katersj2017
Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

What a lovely museum in a small market town,if the weathers fine take a nice walk outside around all the exhibits and on certain days they have hands on for all ages and don't forget Abbots Hall and the cafe both great places to visit.

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Thank paul r
Southampton
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Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Went years ago but can distinctly remember some excellent bits for the kids. Well worth it. Beautiful spot too

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Suffolk
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

Wonderful day out with grandchildren (10,6,4,18 months) and their parents. Made bunting in Abbots Hall using sewing machine while toddler played with buckets of toys thoughtfully placed in each room; dressed up; put on our own puppet show upstairs; picked up an explorer pack and explored home close including school room, and 'play shop'; walked the river trail; met and... More 

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Wisbech, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Visited while visiting Stowmarket. This very well laid out museum is ideal for a nice day as it is mostly outside with nice walks around between exhibits. There is room and scope for more on this site. some of the exibits are basic but still good. There is plenty of fun things to do everywhere for the young ones and... More 

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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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153 reviews
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Well worth a visit- the house has been sympathetically restored and this together with the various other attractions makes for an interesting trip - there are also extensive grounds with walks, picnic areas etc.

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