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Long Shop Museum

Main Street, Leiston IP16 4ES, England
+44 1728 832189
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good day out for the boys

Went with my husband and grandson, they enjoyed themselves. steam roller was in steam but only went... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ann B
Selby, United Kingdom
Industry museum in an unexpected place

Surprisingly rich industrial history of a small Suffolk town. With lots of old fashioned machines... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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Situated near Aldeburgh, in the beautiful coastal region of Suffolk, The Long Shop Museum tells the story of more than 200 years of the town's life and work. In the museum you will find a staggering collection of objects, ranging from full-size steam engines (the Richard Garrett & Sons engineering business made many hundreds of steam engines here) to touching mementos of the lives of the working people of the town.
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Main Street, Leiston IP16 4ES, England
+44 1728 832189
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with my husband and grandson, they enjoyed themselves. steam roller was in steam but only went a few feet. It was interesting to find out some of the female Garret family's history, and the extent of products made at this factory.

Thank Ann B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Surprisingly rich industrial history of a small Suffolk town. With lots of old fashioned machines it is a good place to visit on a wet day with the children or grandchildren in tow. Intersting social insights into the "model factory" movemetn.

Thank rfortey
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting insight into Leiston's past smaller than expected but worth going to staff helpful some places difficult for disabled visitors Good facilities for children

Thank Chris F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Probably got here a bit late 4pm last hour and in the rain. the displays are very interesting and follow a lot of the local history of Garratts involment The Gallery in the Long hall displays a great story of steam There appears to be...More

Thank seafarer20162016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I visited here today. The museum gives a wonderful insight into our past industrial heritage. Lots to see, interesting staff to talk to great for children interested in our industrial past. A decent but simple cafe. Thanks to everyone at the museum.

Thank Staqgman
Reviewed 21 June 2017

A very interesting museum packed full of local history, stories, artefacts, a.nd stories of local people. If you are local it is well worth taking out the annual pass

Thank JethrotheMutant
Reviewed 15 June 2017

The experience was great but some of the exhibits were looking very tired e.g. photographs so faded that you could hardly make out the image, very worn 'jigsaw puzzles

Thank Mr B
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Leiston Long Shop should be on the itinerary of every visitor to Suffolk. Don't be put off by the word 'museum'. This place is different and there is something for everyone here. In our digital age we take so much for granted; but seeing the...More

Thank Historytourer
Reviewed 12 June 2017

This is worth a look and a good and interesting way to spend an hour or two. The staff were friendly and helpful and the exhibition is under cover which helps with our not so good English summer weather.

Thank Kevin C
Reviewed 24 May 2017

The museum was very interesting - it told the story not only of the making for steam engines at the site, but also of the people involved in production and the family behind the company.

Thank LynCrow_13
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Response from Shoreleaf | Reviewed this property |
Has a modern cafeteria offering a range of food and drink.m