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“very disappointed”
Review of Flag Fen

Flag Fen
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“very disappointed”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Was so looking forward to this visit and made it the much anticipated highlight of our holiday only to end up feeling really let down. Neither reconstruction of of the iron age round houses were open as they have been left to seemingly fall apart. These reconstructions were our main reason for wanting to visit as they are touted as being a serious attempt to recreate building techniques true to the period. However it was easy to see this had not been the case here as you could see what looked like chicken wire and some sort of squares of plastic matting which had been used to construct the roof on one. If you want to see experimental archaeology I couldn't recommend this as a day out. The preserved remains of the causeway were interesting and genuine and although we could not see much of the preserved boats the lady who was there on the day we visited was knowledgeable about them. The site is pretty however that is not what we went to see. If you want to be able to actually see inside a round house get yourself to the Ryedale Folk Museum in North Yorkshire. Smashing.

Visited July 2014
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“A Walk through 4000+ Years”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

I took a taxi from Peterborough Station to Flag Fen to save time, It cost just under £10 although costs can vary according to traffic. The visitor centre was welcoming and informative. The trails across the site is easy to follow. The preserved wooden causeway is impressive and the conservation of the recently discovered boats interesting. The reconstructions of round houses and associated items and the museum displays gave a sense of how our ancestors lived in probably a comfortable manner. I walked back to Peterborough by a cycle track that met and followed the bank of the River Nene, a walk of just over 3 miles. It was a visit well worth making.

Visited July 2014
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Blackheath london
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167 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“A serious leap back into England's Past history”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

A side of the origins and history of the fens which we didn't expect lovely loungers and we started in Stamford stopped off for lunch in John Clare's Cottage in Helpston and finished with The Great Fen Magical Day.

Visited April 2014
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Georgetown, Malaysia
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180 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

Had been planning a visit for a while & finally got there. Easy to find with sat nav & road side signs. Lots of parking. All is on the (almost) flat, & although we didn't need them, were motorised scooters & wheelchairs available (not sure if there is a charge).

Nice, new, clean visitors centre. Good toilet facilities.

We ambled round at our own pace, taking nearly 2 hours. Only let down was that we wanted to see the boats that are being restored & we were not aware that this only happens on certain days & at certain times - seems it is mentioned on their web, but I missed that page.

All artifacts & reconstructions are well set out, with good signage. There is a Roman Herb garden & good to see so many familiar plants in there.

Went to Blue Boar at Eye for lunch afterwards.

Visited June 2014
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Haslingden
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59 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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“Very Interesting”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

We found flag fen a very interesting place to visit. To see the the trackway timbers on view was worth the visit. We would have liked to look in the round house but the were closed off at the time of our visit, but none the less a fasinating place to visit.

Visited July 2014
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