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National Museum of Rural Life
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Owner description: Discover how 300 years of farming and rural home life have shaped and altered Scotland's countryside. Tour the period farmhouse for a sense of what living on a farm was really like more than 50 years ago, and meet the animals on the historic working farm: Ayrshire cows, Tamworth pigs, Scots dumpy hens, black-faced sheep and Clydesdale horses.
Reviewed 21 July 2014

Everything. We went to see the heavy horse show. Parked in a grass field despite blue badge. Long walk down to museum with steep slope. Not suitable for disabled people and no drop off point.
Museum looked promising with children's activities at the entrance just beyond the rusting machinery. Down hill from there.Poor signage, confusing layout and no food available anytime soon because of the show.
Left and went back up the hill. No bus because of the show. Then magic. I expressed our disappointment at the entrance which now had doubled its staff. It turned out that I had got the manager in my sites. This lady apologised and offered to put thing s right. She did. She personally took us round to the show ring and found us space. She also returned later to see how we were. We had a great time watching creatures great and small quite literally flying passed at the gallop and at arms length. I was so glad we took up the offer.
I can see the problems of narrow roads and distances. Not easy. It could be really great with a few tweaks. We shall be back next year but we shall eat again at Nerston toll where there is a choice of outlets including Frankie and Bennys and the Leeburn Table Table which we used. The museum set up reminded me of Glasgow Riverside and Abbotsford here in the Borders. Bad designs where form triumphs over function.

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"tractor ride"
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"working farm"
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"farm house"
in 29 reviews
"cows being milked"
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"farm equipment"
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"very helpful staff"
in 4 reviews
"baby animals"
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"wear wellies"
in 4 reviews
"interesting exhibits"
in 4 reviews
"brought back memories"
in 3 reviews
"clydesdale horses"
in 3 reviews
"national trust membership"
in 3 reviews
"milking parlour"
in 3 reviews
"easter sunday"
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"the kitchen"
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"all ages"
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Nice clean museum informative but my wee one was bored. Could do so much with this place for the kids , playpark is pathetic great big field and nothing in it but a few small things. If there is a group visiting then you dont have a chance as there is so little.Tractor ride was good but in the eyes of a child not good my wee one is 8 and he was fed up.! Wouldn't bother going again.

1  Thank Morag C
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

This National Trust Museum ( free entry for members) is in two parts; the modern museum building with cafe teaching space etc. and a small working dairy farm which was gifted to the National Trust, complete with furnished farmhouse. There is also a small play park with picnic tables a tractor to climb on and a couple of swings. The museum is a very smart modern 2 storey building, with a very worthy but rather soulless display of a comprehensive collection of actual, and accurate models of, late 19th and early 20th century agricultural machinery plus explanations of traditional farming methods. There are some then and now models of the farm and the family tree of the previous occupants. So if you are keen to research the mechanics of harrowing paraphernalia, want to identify the bit of metal rusting on the croft or trace the evolution of tractor design over the years, this is the place for you. The farm, which was more interesting for or younger ones, is reached by a 5 minute ride in "Dougle the Shoogle" tractor and trailer or a 15 minute walk with some information boards on the way. It is a perfectly preserved time capsule of a1950's farmyard and its Georgian farmhouse, with a stable, a barn, a threshing room, dairy and milking parlour. There were two pigs with piglets some calves and a couple of horses which were infinitely patient and happy to be patted and, after quite a long wait, the cows were brought in to the byre for milking, a process which really enthralled our three and five year olds. Disappointingly there were no chickens scratching about, no dog and only a single cat and by the time we had finished the visit and the children were ready for their tea at 5.00 the cafe had stopped selling hot food.

1  Thank LizEH130BD
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Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

The museum part was mostly machines which will interest some people. Best part for me and the family was the old farm. Brought back memories and all the animals were friendly. Especially the pigs who came charging across to get ears scratched

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Reviewed 4 July 2014

This was nostalgia central for me with the smell and sights of the old tractors and the cattle sheds. You must take the kids and grand parents to see this.

1  Thank Sanny929
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