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Museum of East Anglian Life

Iliffe Way, Stowmarket IP14, England
+44 1449 612229
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Not for a rainy day!

Unfortunately we were not aware that the site was so large and consisted of a large amount of farm... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
sldraper
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Walsham-le-Willows, United Kingdom
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Fabulous museum spoiled by horridly rude and ignorant staff at the cafe. Spoiled the visit enough... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Roewen256
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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.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“farm animals” (8 reviews)
“all ages” (14 reviews)
“play area” (7 reviews)
Opens in 15 min
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Iliffe Way, Stowmarket IP14, England
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+44 1449 612229
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"farm animals"
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"all ages"
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"play area"
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"walled garden"
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"couple of hours"
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"open air"
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"traction engines"
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"working watermill"
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"school room"
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"open space"
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"information boards"
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"wheelchair access"
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"on display"
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"beer festival"
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"we spent hours"
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"victorian school"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately we were not aware that the site was so large and consisted of a large amount of farm buildings. It was a very rainy day and because of the walks needed between the barns etc we got very wet and muddy. We assumed there...More

Thank sldraper
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fabulous museum spoiled by horridly rude and ignorant staff at the cafe. Spoiled the visit enough that we may not go again - shame.

Thank Roewen256
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although a business trip I did get to see a lot of the site and its eclectic collection. Well worth a visit.

Thank fastdave
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Food was very good. Nice choice of sandwiches. Competitive prices and excellent staff. Wheelchair access is okay but tables too close together

Thank Darren H
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

We started at the house, the guide was very helpful and really engaging. We then wandered around the other exhibits which are spread out over a good sized area to allow the children to blow off some steam. Definitely go if it is a warm...More

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

Arrived at 11 and left at 4.30 - this is an unusual museum with a real rural feel. 'Exhibits' are housed in various buildings but the building are exhibits themselves, ranging from a huge tithe barn, a windpump, tin chapel, barns, schoolroom, and a Victorian...More

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Reviewed 21 October 2017

If you are interested in the history of farming and all that goes with it then this is a perfect day out for you. So much to see and do. Our group of Blokes, aged 60 +, were well catered for; food into Osier café...More

Thank tedpayne65
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Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

I visited the museum with my two sons and their grandparents and I would heartily recommend. My kids don't often "do" museums - as they always want to be outdoors but as this is open air it was perfect. They loved the animals, wooden play...More

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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Visited expecting to spend a couple of hours wandering around the various exhibits. However there was so much of interest to see that we ended up taking 3 and a half enjoyable hours here. Definitely worth a visit .

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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Lots of things to see and do here it's a great day out for the whole family ,come rain or shine .some great walks around the museum .

Thank karl m
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66dolly66
4 August 2015|
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Response from Matthew M |
Even better.... (Taken from the meal website)... PARKING A small car park is located in the grounds of Abbot’s Hall for visitors with access needs only. The carpark can be accessed via the museum entrance. Parking here is... More
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