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The Museum of English Rural Life

Closed Now: 09:00 - 17:00
Open today: 09:00 - 17:00
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Get those sheep to market!

Having never seen the MERL as it was before I can not compare it to its predecessor but I... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Valise2
Good fun

Visited on a Saturday afternoon. Had good fun looking around all the exhibits. We were drawn there... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
NigelBowen
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The Museum of English Rural Life is one of the best things to do in Reading. Whether on your own or with friends and family, discover our new immersive galleries, research our collections, refresh in our café and relax in our garden. Admission is...more
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6 Redlands Road | University of Reading, Reading RG1 5EX, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Having never seen the MERL as it was before I can not compare it to its predecessor but I thoroughly enjoyed my day here. There is a giftshop/café before entering. I loved the visual display on a wall of the changing seasons. On to another...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited on a Saturday afternoon. Had good fun looking around all the exhibits. We were drawn there by the museums Twitter feed. The free Absolute Unit postcard made my son's day! Not sure it's a place I would visit often but good place for a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for visiting and taking the time to write a review. We're glad you had fun and that the postcard was rwell-received!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a treat! This museum covers many aspects of rural life from times gone by. So much to see, laid out cleverly with a card system to gain extra knowledge on many items. A very helpful and knowledgable volunteer added to our visit. We caught...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit. We're delighted you enjoyed your the museum. It's great to hear that you used public transport too. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back in future.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lots to do on site. Your first encounter will be a huge sculptures head, quite inspiring. Then wooden horse made from tree branches pulling a cart. We loved that one. Staff friendly and welcoming and knowledgeable. Lost of local artefacts. Plenty of interactive stuff the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit. The scultpure mentioned was part of a visiting temporary exhibition and is no longer on display. The redevelopment of our galleries and public spaces, completed in October 2016, was indeed funded by a grant...More

Reviewed 15 January 2019

great outdoor space for kids and parents, regular sessions and activities. Dining area is great, only down side is the merchandise is displayed all over reception area so kids keeps bugging parents to buy it!More

Date of experience: December 2018
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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review. We're glad you liked the garden space and children's activities. There's plenty to do in the galleries too! We'll bear in mind your comment about having merchandise around the cafe area. We do try to keep poscket money items close...More

Reviewed 12 January 2019

Went there with my family and there was something for everyone. My little brother loved the big tractors and the outside area, Mum and I loved the book exhibition! Would love to go again.

Date of experience: September 2018
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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We're really pleased that you and your family enjoyed your visit. The Ladybird Books gallery is always popular! We hope you can come again too! Thank you!

Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile

Well what and interesting place to visit and learn about rural life Very interactive which would be great for kids but to say I found it very good for me ( a big kid really) Got to look in the stores the bits not open...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review. We're pleased you enjoyed the displays and interactives. They're designed for kids and big kids alike, so glad you had a go!

Reviewed 11 December 2018

Many exhibits I haven’t seen before, some a little repetitive if you are not a farmer, and only exhibits from southern England.More

Date of experience: December 2018
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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review. We've tried to make the museum interesting for everyone so we're sorry if you didn't find all the displays relevant (Admittedly, we do have quite a lot of wagons!) Our collections do tend to originate from the South and Midlands...More

Reviewed 18 November 2018

Really interesting place to visit, good for kids, and they run lots of courses, activities etc. Displays on every aspect of rural life; tons of exhibits. Cafe is slightly basic but adequate for a drink and sandwich or cake. It can get busy round lunchtime....More

Date of experience: June 2018
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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2018

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write a review. We're so pleased that you found the museum interesting, with plenty to see! We're introducing a new and improved offer in the café in the New Year, but we have fairly limited catering...More

Reviewed 17 November 2018 via mobile

A really lovely place to visit for all ages. Lot's to learn about our rural and farming history. Helpful and friendly staff. And a good gift shop. Definitely recommend for all family.

Date of experience: November 2018
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AlisonHilton, Public Relations Manager at The Museum of English Rural Life, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2018

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write a review. We're very glad you enjoyed your visit and would recommend it to other families.

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