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Vale & Downland Museum

Open Now: 09:30 - 16:00
Open today: 09:30 - 16:00
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From Anglo-Saxons to Williams F1

The Museum is a valuable asset for those living in or visiting the Vale of the White Horse... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Mervyn S
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Wantage, United Kingdom
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Local history of Wessex now known as Oxfordshire (Not right) I was born and bred here!. Still... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Stuart M
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The Vale and Downland Museum is located in the busy market town of Wantage in Oxfordshire, UK. The museum has been nationally acclaimed as an outstanding example of community partnership. The range of services is very broad ranging, from galleries...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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19 Church Street, Wantage OX12 8BL, England
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All reviews well worth a visit white horse local history cakes local area all ages interactive displays model railway half term hot chocolate great place to visit high quality brass rubbing gift shop children and adults air base any age
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Museum is a valuable asset for those living in or visiting the Vale of the White Horse, offering varied insights of life in the area from the time of the Anglo-Saxon settlements (King Alfred the Great of Wessex was born in Wantage) to the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Vale and Downla... M, Receptionist at Vale & Downland Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for leaving a great review. I'm so pleased to hear you enjoy everything the museum has to offer. Thanks for visiting.

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Local history of Wessex now known as Oxfordshire (Not right) I was born and bred here!. Still should be known as Wessex

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Stuart M
Vale and Downla... M, Receptionist at Vale & Downland Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for leaving us a review and for visiting the museum.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great venue with lots to do for all ages, especially good for children. The staff were very helpful and friendly.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Dyason
Vale and Downla... M, Receptionist at Vale & Downland Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review we really appreciate it. I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit to the museum and hope to welcome you again soon.

Reviewed 4 November 2018

A good half term filler for the kids at no cost. The kids enjoyed their experience and gives a good detail of the vale itself

Date of experience: August 2018
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Vale and Downla... M, Front Office Manager at Vale & Downland Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2018

Thank you leaving us a review. We are very happy to here you and the children enjoyed your visit to the Museum and we hope to welcome you again in the future.

Reviewed 16 October 2018

This is a lovely museum. Much bigger than you think from the outside and full to the top with great things to do and see. Make sure you give yourself time for a cream tea as well. Great scones. I was lucky enough to be...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Vale and Downla... M, Front Office Manager at Vale & Downland Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. I am so pleased to hear you not only enjoyed the afternoon talk and cream tea but also the rest of the Museum. It is wonderful to hear such lovely comments about our...More

Reviewed 23 September 2018

The museum is very interesting, but even better for me is the cafe area which is great, and a venue for music and other events.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank WantageHoward
Reception M, Front Office Manager at Vale & Downland Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are very pleased to hear you think our Cafe is great, I will make sure to pass on your comments to the Cafe Staff.

Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

This museum is absolutely incredible. They have delicious food- the chocolate cake is to die for! In addition, the museum itself is so diverse, from a Saxon skeleton to an F1 car! They also do some unexpected events for teens, like debates and concerts. It's...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reception M, Receptionist at Vale & Downland Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2018

Thank you for your great review! We are very pleased to hear you enjoy the museum.

Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

We regularly visit the Museum, and can happily spend a few hours working our way round. My children (9 and 2) love finding the toy rats, going in the stocks, brass rubbing and of course the lovely model train. It's always a pleasure to visit...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reception M, Receptionist at Vale & Downland Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely review! We are happy to hear you and your children enjoy visiting the Museum and look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

Reviewed 15 August 2018

This is a gem of a museum and at the moment the Lego Expo is on and will keep any children, and adults, who love Lego happily entertained for ages.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reception M, Receptionist at Vale & Downland Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2018

Thank you so much for leaving a review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to the Museum and the LEGO®

Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed visiting this museum in Wantage. Was cool to see the updates and Grove air base with American presence from war. Would be cool to see that aspect expanded here. Lovely place.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reception M, Receptionist at Vale & Downland Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thank you for leaving a review and sharing your lovely photo. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit.

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Response from Vale and Downla... M | Property representative |
Hi Albert, unfortunately we do not have any parking on site but there are a number of car parks not far from the Museum, the closest is at the Beacon where there is 2 hours free parking this is only a couple of minutes walk... More
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