Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Somerset Rural Life Museum is reopening in June following a major £2.4 million redevelopment.

The museum tells the story of Somerset’s rich rural and social history. Visitors can enjoy the five Farmhouse Galleries which explore the themes of ‘Creating’, ‘Learning’, ‘Believing’, ‘Celebrating’ and ‘Remembering.’ In the large Farmyard Gallery the major themes are ‘Working Village’ and ‘Working the Land’.

The magnificent 14th-century Abbey Barn remains the centrepiece of the site. Outside spaces, including the Farmyard and the Orchard, contain sculpture and family trails that interpret the history of the site and its buildings.

The Farmyard Café will be open all year round at this family-friendly destination, offering high-quality locally-sourced food and drink.

We will be open 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, Tuesday to Sunday until the end of October and Tuesday to Saturday from November to Easter, plus Bank Holiday Mondays.

The museum is part of the South West Heritage Trust, an independent charity committed to protecting and celebrating Somerset and Devon’s rich heritage. As well as the widely-praised Museum of Somerset and the redeveloped Somerset Rural Life Museum, in Glastonbury, the Trust manages state-of-the-art facilities in Taunton and Exeter to care for the extraordinary archive collections of the two counties. The Trust also provides essential advice about the historic environment and manages historic sites.

For more information:

www.SRLM.org.uk

www.swheritage.org.uk

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  • Very informative and well laid out museum. Welcoming and helpful staff. One waY system in place round the museum which works well - hand washing and sanitising facilities easily available. Amazing...  more »
  • My wife and I visited this museum and were very impressed. It operated on a booking system where you book a timeslot to enter due to Covid and this ensured that we didn't meet other groups on the way....  more »
  • Interesting educational place to learn about rural life back in the days, visit the orchards and have some fun.  more »
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  • This is a must see for any visitor and also for any local especially if, as I do you have an interest in the way we used to live. The exhibition space was fantastic for Matilda Temperley's opening night. The fire roaring outside was perfect and the space itself is a wonder. The refurbishment has been done to a very high standard and you can easily lose a couple of wonderful hours here. Back soon!!
  • Could do with better signing if it wasn't for my PHONE Sat nav we would have driven straight past it. It's worth going as u only pay once and go as many times as you can in a year. Parking is included
  • A really nice place. Ticket us a yr long entry and 2 adults and upto four children only 17.50 which is a saving even if you only have one child. Well laid out on 3 floors, will a little bit of info on all the displays. Enjoyed looking at the old vet instruments particularly. Plenty of activities, such as victorian games, milk a cow, 3 different trails and dressing up. Nice little coffee shop on the second floor too. Not that expensive as two scones somerset tea is £6. Spent 2.5hrs here.
  • I loved this museum as a child and am glad to see it renewed and open again. It's lovely inside with the refurbishment and well worth a visit while you're in Glastonbury. There is plenty of history, nicely displayed, plus mock-ups of historical rooms. There was also some art on display when we visited, which hopefully will change regularly to show off the work of local artists. So, all really positive from our visit. Nice facilities, shop, friendly staff, great location, free parking etc. However, since the refurbishment, they now charge an entry fee. That's fine by me, but I wonder what they will offer to keep locals coming back? I wouldn't be certain whether a second visit would be worthwhile. An events calendar, regularly-changing exhibitions and good annual membership deals would be a good idea to keep this going long-term, which I'd definitely like to see as it's a lovely spot.
  • Went here 3 years ago before the refurbishment. WOW & WOW again what a transformation. Fascinating displays of rural life which brought back memories of my childhood on a farm of things I had completely forgotten about. Great cafe with good local food. Orchard to take your own picnic. Truly wonderful medieval barn and great views of Glastonbury's tor in the background of the courtyard with a large cast iron statue of "Punch" the horse made from farming tools. Great day out with or without the children. Thank you.

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