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Dean Heritage Centre, Soudley

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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3.2/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
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  • Good nice place to visit, but to expensive for the amount of content. The trail was good for my 4 year old grandson as were the ducks & ferrets. When you compare cost of other sites within a few miles...  read more »
  • I thought it would be nice to pop out to somewhere different for a cuppa so thought we would try the Dean Heritage Centre. I was a bit surprised to find out that it cost £3 to park in their car park. ...  read more »
  • Good well planned heritage centre. Parking is pricey but free if you pay to visit the centre museum. Great for all the family even a trail for the kids and they can have the pet ferrets on a lead. 
  • Nice place buy over priced for what's there really. The caterpillar trail was ok but takes at most 20 mins and then that's it. Museum part ok buy wouldn't pay to go back again. Kids disappointed that there wasn't much of the forest to explore. Should have stuck with Beechenhurst!
  • We set off to visit today after reading the Google reviews expecting to find a tired visitor experience. What we actually found on arrival was completely the opposite. A great day out. The children loved the Hungry Caterpillar experience through the woods and the displays in the five galleries. The staff are wonderful and very welcoming. The cafe has delicious food and very helpful staff too. We were on-site for six hours and enjoyed the whole experience. Well worth a visit !
  • We wanted to say 'it's OK' but it was just too disappointing, in too many ways. Gruffalo trail was, OK, but over in 10min, even with a toddler present, so if that is all you go for you may be disappointed at the price for your 10min day out. The story telling (we hung around for) needed to be carried out by someone trained rather than a Volunteer, who probably means well, but clearly didn't understand how to captivate a room of children and Adults. No other activities were on, the museum it self is very tired and badly laid out, if I was a Denis Potter pilgrim I'd have probably complained and demanded the lottery funding be paid back. The general lack of care was particularly disappointing, e.g. plastic bin liners clearly showing through on the Anderson shelter's tatty sand bags, sad looking animal pens and a somewhat leaky and falling apart farm cottage. There is clearly a poor relationship with the cafe which is a real shame since if integrated properly this could be a valuable asset to the site. Doubt we will make the trip next year for the follow up cash in of 'Room on a Broom' As a note other places of a similar historic type and venue we have visited as a family, can offer year long tickets, at a Stratford Upon Avon venue for example, Adult entrance fee is approx £8 and that lasts the season, i.e. go back as often as you like, which we do! So much opportunity to make a valuable heritage interesting, but no staff or volunteers to be seen anywhere other than confusing visitors as they arrived at the entrance desk. The good news was that it was raining heavily which the kids loved, spending more time in the muddy puddles and falling over on the shaky chain bridge across the stream rather than looking at anything else. Real shame and as a closing note, the Hydro electric water wheel being fitted is a long overdue and good idea. But the same lack of care showed with pristine shafts, support bolts and a generator all out in the elements and already going rusty, just a hand full of grease for the shafts will help it last longer and keep it looking shiny. If you really value something, look after it.
  • Truth be told, a little disapponting and very overpriced! We went with 3 children to see Santa and do the Gruffalo trail. The Gruffalo trail was probably the most dissapointing of all. It featured roughly 6/7 carvings of Gruffalo scenes from the book along a 100 yard stretch of forest edge. That was it. Not interactive, just something to look at, and over in 15 minutes - not great for £6 per person! Santa was exceptional, however, very fun for the children, and thoroughly enjoyable! There were also 2 reindeer on site - however, a very grumpy man stormed over to tell us that our children were making far too much noise and it was unsettling the reindeer (they really were making hardly ANY noise at all!!) - when we were about 50 meters away from them! The cafe food was also very nice, however, the wait to get it - especially considering they weren't very busy at all, and the fact that 3 of the meals could easily have been cooked and made up in less than 5 minutes, was appauling.... 50 minutes! In addition to this, 2 of the 3 children are vegetarian, and the choice of hot food for them was non-existant. They ended up having just chips and beans - the only option (and also took 50 minutes to come out). Lastly, the adventure playground was closed - a fact we were not made aware of at time of entry, and didn't find out until we tried to enter. I understand it was closed due to earlier flooding, and take no issue with this, but the fact it was part of the 'experience' we paid for, and we were offered no reduction on price of entry or even told until we were in is sub-standard service. Overall, a poor day out, which could have been much much better.
  • Great place to visit, lots of stuff for the kids to do, some colouring and making butterflys to hang on a tree as your come in which is always good. It would have been nice to see the inside workings of the watermill but the basement wasn't part of the museum. The Gruffalo trial is a nice touch and is well balanced with the educational stuff. The cafe was ok with a nice view of the lake. There are some nearby walks around the centre and a nice lake opposite too.
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