USK Rural Life Museum: Address, Phone Number, USK Rural Life Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

USK Rural Life Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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Stephanie
4 contributions
How Lovely
Oct 2019
I have walked around this fabulous collection more times than most, I always find something new and interesting to see. Today I was greeted by two very friendly and knowledgeable volunteers - how refreshing!!! And had a wonderful chat with both, so a special Thank you to Simon and Elizabeth for their time, enthusiasm and entertaining chatter.
Written 20 October 2019
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Brian W
Nuneaton, UK6 contributions
Passing through Usk and stopped for coffee
Oct 2019 • Couples
Wow!... what an amazing place, all the history from years gone by, and a few vintage tractors that supervised kids can sit on...
Written 16 October 2019
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Jonathan Lambert
2 contributions
Great Traditional Museum
Oct 2019
Despite a number of visits to Usk over the years, to my surprise I managed to miss this delightful little place-what a great little museum. This place is what I regard as a proper ‘old school’ museum which is absolutely crammed with artefacts – just the way I like museums to be (think the indoor museum at St Fagans before it was ruined). No large open and wasted spaces here but rather full of artefacts and items of every description from a bygone age.

With an emphasis on agricultural history, the hard-times our forefathers endured are vividly reflected in a history through objects from the era when they toiled out in the fields and earned a living skilfully with traditional crafts - the tools of their respective trades (of which they needed many) are well represented as well as artefacts from domestic life.

The exhibits conjure up feelings of nostalgia for a bygone age of honest work and hard toil where people were more connected to the land and to nature.

Most items are within reach and can be touched (with care).

A fascinating place and I’m sure there will be something new to notice upon each visit. There is also a decent café here too.
Written 12 October 2019
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Judith C
Guildford, UK23 contributions
Interesting overview of old country life
Oct 2019
We wandered round this in about 45 minutes, enjoying the different rooms which were set up as stables/blacksmith forge/shop/ scullery, etc. You could spend much longer if you read all the detailed information which was available. Good value as you just made a donation on the door.
Written 8 October 2019
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Claire N
5 contributions
Great place!
Sep 2019 • Family
We visited today, two adults, a 12 year old and a 6 year old, and had a great time. The cafe was nice, we had teas coffees and cakes before heading in to the museum. There was plenty to read about and look at on the way around. The place is packed full of items and everything is well looked after by the volunteers. You can tell that a lot of love and care goes in to the museum. The toilets were spotlessly clean too. Another trip to the cafe afterwards for some cold drinks before heading off, and the nicest apple juice I think I've ever tasted, made on the farm of one of the staff. I hope they continue to get the donations they need to stay open. Well done everyone.
Written 22 September 2019
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JakeCox
41 contributions
Very interesting
Sep 2019 • Friends
At first glance we didn't actually know where the museum itself was - we thought it was just a tearoom. Two very helpful ladies then explained the door to the museum was just to their left (I'm not the most observant person) and handed up a guide sheet about some of the key exhibits.

Upon entering the museum my initial thought was it was one large room filled with many interesting items of rural origins (of course) but I soon realised there were several equally well-stocked parts of the museum. Each room focussed on a different part of Usk's rural heritage from farm equipment to a blacksmith's workshop to a home as it would've been in the past.

All parts of the museum contain useful information about what you're looking at and I was really impressed by the vast array of things to see.

The fact that this all is free makes it all the more astounding and I didn't hesitate to make a donation along with enjoying some delicious tea and cake before leaving.

Congratulations to everybody who make this museum possible. You're all doing a superb job and we both really enjoyed our time here.
Written 6 September 2019
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AntoniaTrip
Bristol, UK438 contributions
Charming museum
Aug 2019
If you want to know about rural crafts , come here. It is very cluttered but full of interesting artefacts. I would have appreciated some demonstrations to make it come alive.
Written 1 September 2019
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Gordy123
Wotton-under-Edge, UK10 contributions
Cafe not what is used to be
Aug 2019
We have visited the cafe twice in the last couple of month; many times previous to that. The cafe used to do really nice homemade cakes and sandwiches. Unfortunately, they are not of the same quality now. Tea and Coffee were good though. Will probably go elsewhere in future.
The Museum is well worth a visit though.
Written 28 August 2019
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Marmaduke1948
Gainsborough, UK640 contributions
Very, very interesting
Aug 2019
The Rural Life museum is a must place to see and it costs nothing to park and nothing to enter although there is a box if you want to contribute.
The place is well kept and has a host of farm machinery, tractors and street scenes to keep you occupied, especially the kids, there is lots where they can touch and interact with.
It goes on and on and considering it costs nothing it must have spent a lifetime building it up to what it is now.
By the time you have been round it all you almost come away as a qualified farmer (maybe not quite, I don't think a farmer would see it that way) but you know what I mean.
It is tastefully done and I have to compliment the souls that have created it on doing such a fine job.
To crown it off there is a fantastic cafe at the end of it all where you can get a meal or a snack and a tea or coffee to end your visit and I can only highly recommend it yo anyone and everyone.
Written 27 August 2019
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roscwmbran
Cwmbran, UK572 contributions
Nice quiche
Aug 2019
Went for lunch had the quiche and salad which came with small salad and a toasted roll. My friend had a baked potato which was a little bit overdone. Service was quick and the prices very reasonable compared with other eating places in Usk.
Written 19 August 2019
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