Somerset Rural Life Museum

Somerset Rural Life Museum

Somerset Rural Life Museum reopened following a major £2.4 million redevelopment. It tells the story of the county’s rich rural and social history.

Somerset Rural Life MuseumThe museum covers the social and agricultural history of Somerset, housed in buildings surrounding a 14th century barn once belonging to Glastonbury Abbey.

It is housed in the attractive setting of a Victorian farmhouse, farm buildings and cider orchard. The magnificent 14th century Abbey Barn is the centrepiece of the Somerset Rural Life Museum.

In the museum’s farmhouse, the social and domestic life of Victorian Somerset is described in reconstructed rooms and an exhibition which tells the life story of a farm worker, John Hodges, from the cradle to the grave.

The barn and the farm buildings surrounding the courtyard contain displays showing the tools and techniques of farming in Victorian times.

Local activities like willow growing, mud horse fishing, peat digging and cider making are included.

Regular craft demonstrations and temporary exhibitions are held throughout the season as well as educational activities for schools.

Distance from Nunney
17.2 miles (27.7 km)
26 minutes

Contact information
Somerset Rural Life Museum
Abbey Farm
Chilkwell Street
Somerset BA6 8DB
Telephone 01458 831 197
Twitter @SomersetRLMlink

Opening times
Easter to the end of October: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm and Bank Holiday Mondays.
November to Easter: Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm and Bank Holiday Mondays.
Last entry 4.30 pm.

The café is open year-round, Tues – Sun 10.00 am – 5.00 pm (last orders 4.30 pm) serving delicious locally sourced food and drink. You are welcome to drop-in for coffee or lunch even if you aren’t visiting the museum.

A small shop offers gifts and souvenirs.

Parking for up to 40 cars is available on site. Visitors paying full admission will receive a car parking refund on entry to the museum.