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“Well worth a visit”

Mouseman Visitor Centre
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Kilburn
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 July 2017

I had neither seen nor heard of the very impressive village of Kilburn until last week. We came across the visitors centre on the main street which had a lovely café at the back, set in beautifully landscaped gardens. We enjoyed a very pleasant hour choosing and eating a delicious lunch. I had the Thai soup which was served with a warm bread bun, superb. Lovely, friendly staff too. A lot of local people were eating here, which speaks for itself really.

Thank Trish36
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

As villages go, few are more picturesque than Kilburn in North Yorkshire, a few miles to the east of Thirsk. In 1876 Robert Thompson was born in the village. He was destined to become one of the country’s top wood carvers, a tradition that is happily still carried on in Kilburn today by Robert Thompson’s Craftsmen Ltd. If the penny hasn’t dropped yet, Robert Thompson’s trademark was a small mouse carved into the wood that he was working on resulting in him becoming known as Mousey Thompson or The Mouseman.
We parked in The Square, opposite the village pub, the Forresters Arms. The Mouseman Visitor Centre is housed across the road in the former village forge and is well worth the £4.75 entry fee. The tour begins with a short video about Robert Thompson and how he developed the business. From here there are several rooms containing examples of his early craftsmanship plus his own furniture. There are a few stairs to climb, but nothing too energetic. Inevitably, the tour finishes in the gift shop where you can buy smaller items of modern Mouseman craftmanship in English Oak. For larger items and furniture, head across the road to the showrooms housed in Thompson’s former home, but also be sure to visit the adjacent workshop viewing gallery. The firm employs around 30 craftsmen and not only is it fascinating to watch them at work, it is very heartening indeed to see the number of apprentices learning the traditional skills. It certainly inspired us a purchase a small “antique of the future” as a momento of our visit.
There is a small tearoom in the Visitor Centre but as this was very busy at the time of our visit we headed across the road for an excellent pint and a sandwich in the Forresters Arms. The pub itself is worth a visit being furnished with numerous items of Mouseman stools chairs and tables etc., all made next door.

Thank Steveanne-2
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Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

I visit here regularly. I have seen the museum and the shop so I normally visit to use the cafe.

They have excellent soups, sandwiches and some amazing homemade cakes.
This week I had pea, courgette and mint soup and a large slice of chocolate cake.

You can see the white horse from the back garden and you can eat outside or in.

Thank lordburnside
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Reviewed 2 July 2017

We have dropped into Kilburn a couple of times now, a beautiful picturesque village nestling beneath the Hambleton Hills and wooded scarp slope leading up to the North York Moors National Park .
Nearby a mile up the road is the famous Kilburn White Horse figure carved into the scarp slope that can be seen from miles around. There is a cracking country pub as well, the Forresters Arms, but the main attraction is the renowned Robert Thompson "Mouseman" furniture workshops, with a display area you can walk around in an attractive timber framed building, with roses and lavender in the garden out the front. The other side of the road is the Mouseman Visitor centre, with a shop, cafe and museum. A chance to see the fine hand crafted furniture first hand, it is expensive, but distinctive, with its trademark mouse incorporated on each item, and is well worth stopping off to look at. There is a separate fee to go round the Museum, but everything else is free to enter, and good refreshment opportunities are available with tea,cakes,ice creams and light meals available as well as toilet facilities.
In July every year they hold the Kilburn Feast, a traditional village fete, on the 2nd Sunday of the month, which looks well worth attending from the promotional leaflet,

Thank David L
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Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Visited Kilburn with friends on a wet Wednesday afternoon in June so did not see the village at its best. However we did like the village and the mouseman centre. We decided to buy tickets for the museum and think a little overpriced and disappointed that they do not give entrance for a year like other museums. We enjoyed the video and all the items in the collection which helped us to understand the history. We went across the road to the showroom and the viewing gallery. It is a pity that the two sides are not joined up with a guide to really appreciate what the mouseman means.
We will visit again when the sun shines but not go to the museum.

Thank Thirskies
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