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Long Shop Museum

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Address: Main Street, Leiston IP16 4ES, England
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+44 1728 832189

Situated near Aldeburgh, in the beautiful coastal region of Suffolk, The...

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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Industrial archeology

How enterprising and entrepreneurial the victorians were. It seems if you wanted it Garrets would make it. A fascination trip through manufacturing heritage of GB! To be... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Leyburn, United Kingdom
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Leyburn, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

How enterprising and entrepreneurial the victorians were. It seems if you wanted it Garrets would make it. A fascination trip through manufacturing heritage of GB! To be recommended staff in costume knowledgeable and friendly

Thank dgpointon41
Norwich, United Kingdom
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120 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited this interesting attraction with the Skoda East car club.We were greeted with a cup of tea and a short talk on the history of the place.We were then shown round the museum and the displays were bright and clean and the information boards easy to understand.The factory had been there over 200 years and reading about it they must... More 

Thank Tonyholland233
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interactive museum of industrial life . Working steam engines, historical board room and all the aspects of the Garrett family

Thank Malcolm H
Halesworth, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Took my brother and Grandson to the final Steam Up of the year. The place was buzzing, a Steam roller as I remember in action and a ride on the Tank Engine footplate rounded of a really enjoyable afternoon. The unpaid helpers could not have done more to make this a memorable experience.

Thank Ian M
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3 reviews
Reviewed 18 December 2016

This museum inspired me to research more about the Garrett family and how they ran the business for over 150 years developing a wide range of products from farm equipment to trolley busses and even building aircraft

Thank Philip A
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139 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Lots if interesting exhibits and information about the Garrett family history and their varied achievements. Liked looking round the stalls, loved the alpacas and donkey. The whole town seemed to be there committing themselves to the event with late opening shops and cafes, dedicated volunteers, Santa Claus and Elves on a tractor and Mr Bean to switch on the lights...what.more... More 

Thank AliH8691
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

I was pleased to hear recently that the Long Shop Museum had been awarded funding to improve this attraction. This museum on the face of it could be deemed fairly boring to those who are not particularly interested in its subject matter. However underneath all this the fascinating human story it has to tell tends to get a bit lost... More 

Thank veebee54
Hereford, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

OK so there is factory that built lovely steam engines but the lady in the shop told us about the Garret of the steam engines is the Garret of Elizabeth Garret Anderson -the first English woman Doctor of the 19th Century-and other women in the family were politically active in the female suffrage movement. We bought a sufragette 'Votes for... More 

Thank Ian B
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

we came before all the vehicles had been returned after the Harvest Past festival / event, but it was still very interesting

Thank Bryony M
Northampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

We3 went quite early and were so lucky as the man in the main longshop was not too busy and gave us a wonderful introduction into the cause and reason for the longshop in 1853. the story is quite wonderful and remaining vehicle and objects very interesting. A must for anyone near to visit

Thank braithwaite12

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