Last updated: Sat 9 Feb 2013

Somerset Rural Life Museum

The Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury is currently closed for redevelopment until 2016.

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 Somerset Rural Life 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 Somerset.

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.

The museum is currently closed for redevelopment until 2016. Find out more at

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
Tuesday to Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays: 10am to 5pm (Closed on Good Friday)

Please note: The museum has a ‘pay and display’ car park. The car park is open from 9am to 5.30pm on days when the museum is open (including Bank Holiday Mondays)
The charges are:
Up to 2 hours – £1
Over 2 hours – £2

You can use the Somerset Rural Life Museum car park, when it’s open, when you visit the Tor and Chalice Well, but please remember that it closes at 5.30pm.

Your car parking fee is refundable if you spend more than £10 in the museum shop or tea room in a single transaction.

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