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Fascinating insight into past times

We visited the Museum on a coldish but clear day last week. It was so interesting and the fact... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
MaryB37
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London, United Kingdom
Have visited several times over the years and will go back

Some fantastic old buildings transported to an attractive site. I would recommend going on a cold... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

We took 4 guests to the museum on Saturday not having visited since New renovations. The three new buildings are very impressive and the staff and volunteers extremely helpful and professional. However, other than the beautiful working mill and one other house which had a volunteer, the stunning building's seemed to have an air of neglect. We could see that some of the building's which were closed off contained extremely interesting pieces which generally looked forgotten and tired and not displayed for one to explore and investigate.
It's an extremely difficult task running such an iconic site with these fabulous volunteers so we don't want to criticize - however one felt the familiar Buzz had gone and the coffee shop etc may have become centre stage - which although is stunning may be slightly sad. There was always such a lovely soul to the place and I hope it emerges again.
Thanks to the volunteers for your hard work!

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

A wonderful museum with an interesting and wide ranging collection.
The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful - and know their stuff. They are keen to engage and answer your questions as you look around the buildings.
Had to come back another day - one day just wasn't enough. (We paid more for an annual ticket - which requires around three visits to make it worthwhile, We definitely intend to return again within the year).
Wonderful atmosphere - and the sheer size of the museum means it doesn't really feel crowded.
The cafe has a limited range - but is clean, spacious and staffed by friendly people.
All in all - two enjoyable days. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

This is a credit to whoever came up with this idea & runs this place. Its an exceptional adventure throughout time, attention to detail, and a great blend of indoor & outdoor things to see & enjoy. I would strongly advise not bothering on a rainy day as to enjoy this place properly you end up walking about 2-3 miles albeit at a very leisurely pace. On-site is a bit pants but its a far better experience to take a picnic. Both educational and fun for children of all ages.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Super day out and really interesting to see so many 'saved' buildings from times gone by. Nice cafe and on-site shop. Would definitely go again.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank pco1
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

We live locally and visited today with three generations of our family. The buildings and exhibits are amazing but the restaurant service is poor. This was a grey day with no special events on and yet the queue to order food was 15 minutes long and it took over 20 minutes to arrive. In addition when my wife took our granddaughter to the changing room she found the lock was so stiff that she had difficulty getting out. The restaurant offers free water in jugs but these were not refilled at all in the (extended) time we were there. I really recommend you visit this place, and totally recommend you take your onw food,

Date of experience: April 2018
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