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Somerset Rural Life Museum

Visiting

Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays: 10.00am to 5.00pm (Closed on Good Friday)
The café is open from the beginning of April to the end of September

Contact

Tel. 01458 831197

Postcode BA6 8DB

Details

The Somerset Rural Life Museum is based in Glastonbury. The magnificent fourteenth-century Abbey Barn is the centrepiece of the Museum. The barn and the farm buildings surrounding the courtyard contain displays and tools used in local rural activities such as mud horse fishing, peat digging and cider making.

The museum is housed in the attractive setting of a Victorian farmhouse, farm buildings and cider orchard.

In the farmhouse, the social and domestic life of Victorian Somerset is described in reconstructed rooms and an exhibition which tells the life story of a farm worker, John Hodges, from the cradle to the grave.

Regular craft demonstrations and temporary exhibitions are held throughout the season as well as educational activities for schools. The barn shop is managed by the Friends of the Somerset Rural Life Museum who promote and support the work of the museum. The museum also has its own café.

Abbey Farm, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury. BA6 8DB

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