museums and attractions

Country Life

Vale & Downland Museum

Church Street, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 8BL.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Among the different galleries to explore include industries related to tanning, sackcloth and rope-making, the history of Wantage Engineering and about…

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South Ribble Museum & Exhibition Centre

The Old Grammar School, Church Road, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 3FJ.

Explore the quirky timber-framed Tudor school house, where a fantastic collection of local history and archaeology awaits you. Situated beside the Parish…

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Highland Museum of Childhood

The Old Station, Strathpeffer, Inverness-shire, IV14 9DH.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The museum is located in the old railway station and was originally based on the doll and toy collection of former Strathpeffer resident Mrs Angela Kellie.…

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Gairloch Museum

Achtercairn, Gairloch, Ross & Cromarty, IV21 2BH.

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  • Full disabled access

Fantastic new displays, art gallery, cafe and shops.

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Tolbooth Museum

Old Pier, Stonehaven Harbour, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, AB39 2JU.

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  • Part disabled access

The museum is located in Stonehaven's oldest building on the harbour, with displays of bygone kitchen and household items, including a hand-powered washing…

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Skye Museum of Island Life

Kilmuir, By Portree, Isle of Skye, Highlands, IV51 9UE.

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  • Part disabled access

Step back in time to an old Highland village as the museum offers visitors a unique experience and a true insight into island life a 100 years ago.

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Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia

Hall Lane, Upminster, Essex, RM14 1AU.

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  • Part disabled access

Thatched building dates from the 15th century and is known locally as the 'Tithe Barn'. It houses a collection of around 14,500 nostalgic artefacts from…

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Museum of East Anglian Life

Illiffe Way, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1DL.
Tel: 01449 612 229.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

70 acre open air museum and site. Re-erected buildings including working watermill and smithy. River Rat nature trail. Animals from the Suffolk Trinity.…

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National Museum of Ireland – Country Life

Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, IRELAND.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The museum is set in the spectacular grounds of Turlough Park House and is home to the National Folklife Collection. Explore rural traditions, crafts and…

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Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse Museum of Norfolk Life

Gressenhall, Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 4DR.
Tel: 01362 860 563.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

A museum of rural and Norfolk life housed in a former workhouse, plus 1920s run working farm. Agricultural implements and tools, smithy, wheelwright’s…

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Dean Heritage Centre

Camp Mill, Soudley, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL14 2UB.
Tel: 01594 822 170.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Set across a stunning and fully interactive five acre site, the centre protects and preserves the unique history and heritage of the beautiful Forest of…

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Enniscoe Museum at The Mayo North Heritage Centre

Enniscoe, Castlehill, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland.

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  • Full disabled access

Enniscoe House is set in parkland and is surrounded by mature woodland, through which paths run to the lake. The heritage centre displays an impressive…

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Worcestershire County Museum

Hartlebury Castle, Hartlebury, Worcestershire, DY11 7XZ.
Tel: 01299 250 416.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Discover social history, toys through time, archaeology, and the story of Worcestershire’s past. Visit the Cider Mill and the Transport Gallery which…

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Weald & Downland Living Museum

Town Lane, Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0EU.
Tel: 01243 811 348.

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  • Full disabled access

Intriguing collection of over 45 original historic buildings rescued and rebuilt in the South Downs National Park. Covers 500 years of architectural heritage.…

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Woodchurch Village Life Museum

Susans Hill, Woodchurch, Nr Ashford, Kent, TN26 3RE.

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  • Part disabled access

Local history museum in 18th century barn & 17th century cart shed. The story is told through its landscape, architecture, farming, schools, religion,…

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Usk Rural Life Museum

The Malt Barn, New Market Street, Usk, Monmouthshire/Sir Fynwy, NP15 1AU.
Tel: 01291 673 777.

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  • Part disabled access

Malt Barn shows ‘The Farming Year’ & ‘The Labourer’s Life’, Transport Barn: wagons, carts, tractors, model railway, machinery & implements shed,…

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Timespan

Dunrobin Street, Helmsdale, Sutherland, KW8 6JA.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

A fascinating local museum with a series of recreated shops and a blacksmith forge. Also a croft house with traditional furnishings.

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The Village Church Farm

Church Road South, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE25 2HF.
Tel: 01754 766 658.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Lincolnshire's only open air museum featuring a Grade II Listed farmhouse, mud & stud cottage and various other agricultural buildings of interest.

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Sacrewell

Thornhaugh, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE8 6HJ.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

There’s something for everyone at Sacrewell, from an 18th century watermill, old farming equipment and Shire horses to rare breeds of farm animals, to…

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Swinford Museum

Burford Road, Filkins, Lechlade, Oxfordshire, GL7 3JW.

  • Full disabled access

Housed in a 17th century cottage, this fine collection of local domestic, agricultural, trade and craft tools provides a unique picture of a bygone rural…

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Stranraer Museum

The Old Town Hall, 55 George Street, Stranraer, Dumfriesshire, DG9 7JP.

  • Full disabled access

See one of Scotland's oldest ploughs, look at Victorian Wigtownshire 3D photographs, plus displays on archaeology, local history, farming and dairying,…

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St Fagans National Museum of History

St Fagans, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF5 6XB.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Illustrates the folk life of Wales and includes an agricultural collection containing a comprehensive series of Welsh farm wagons, a steam threshing engine,…

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Somerset Rural Life Museum

Abbey Farm, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DB.
Tel: 01458 831 197.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The museum tells the story of Somerset’s rich rural and social history and provide a family-friendly destination which has learning, access and discovery…

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Sligo Folk Park

Millview House, Ardkeeran, Riverstown, Co. Sligo, IRELAND.

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  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The folk park prides itself on its ability to bring the past to life through a wide assortment of displays and tours. When you visit Sligo Folk Park, you…

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From the Steam Heritage Shop

August 2018

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From Field to Roof

The work of a Master Thatcher who uses traditional methods to harvest the straw.

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Reflections of a Timeless Passion

Poetic reflections, not only on steam engines, but the people who work or play with them and the places where they go or are kept. Engines, both road and…

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Hazy Days of Living Steam

A colour photo book of the steam rally scene in the 1990s, written by the editor of Vintage Spirit.

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