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“A true living museum for musicians” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Finchcocks Living Museum of Music

Finchcocks Living Museum of Music
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17 reviews
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“A true living museum for musicians”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2013

Wonderful place to visit. It feels like you are a family member visiting. Lovely atmosphere and really interesting owners. Most rooms are full of beautiful pianos, organs and harpsichords. The special thing about Finchcocks is that you are encouraged to play these instruments!
There are special events held during the year and every Sunday afternoon musicians come and you are very welcome to sit and listen.
The house is very grand but not as large as you would initially expect. There is a cafe in the basement in the original wine cellar.
Lovely walks from here to Scotney Castle passing hop fields.
Well worth a visit!

3 Thank forestgreen101
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2012

Went with school children some time ago. House was freezing cold and staff would not allow children to eat inside the house so had to resort to the even colder garden! If looking at moth-eaten pianos is your thing then fill your boots but not for me.

1 Thank Debbie W
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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“Amazing place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2012

What a wonderful place to visit. The owners are so friendly made you feel really at home. Richard is so knowledgeble and funny and witty he males it a wonderfull experience. Thank You for a great afternoon. The cream tea was delightful.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank maggie1946-01
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245 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“You must go!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2012

Found Finchcocks by chance, and what a find! This is one of those quirky eccentric places you only find in England It is an excellent experience to be shared while it still exists. Apart from the foundation and museum which seem to exist to support young musicians and restore old keyboards housed in a lovely country manor, on a Sunday afternoon from April to September Richard Burnett opens his collection and knowledge to us There is a restaurant in the cellar for lunch, you can stroll the gardens and then from about 2.15 tour the museum where there is a wonderful collection of over a hundred historic keyboards many of which are playable. Finally Richard and a collection of friends and staff give a very amusing and entertaining recital on many of the instruments Catch it if you can,you won't be disappointed!

Visited September 2012
2 Thank skinsid
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55 reviews
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“Trip back in time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2012

We went on Sunday and timed it just right for the start of the music demonstartion approx 2.45pm we listened to pieces on several keyboards and a very good lady soprano singer accompanied as well. After the musical demonstration you could wander the rest of the museum play the instruments if you wanted and walk the gardens. Then it was time for the second musical demonstration which went from a piece from the Beggars Opera, a cello and piano piece followed by jazz, wonderful. I am so pleased we visited the players and singers showed their love of the instruments and music and it was funny as well. I can't sing or play, you don't need to just enjoy this.
The gardens and worth a vist as well.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank TrishP99
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