Somerset Museums


Somerset Rural Life Museum

Chilkwell Street, BA6 8DB

Somerset Rural Life Museum


Visitors to Somerset Rural Life Museum can explore rural life from the 1800s onwards and discover more about the county’s heritage including its landscape, food and farming, working life and rural crafts.

The museum tells the story of Somerset’s rich rural and social history. Visitors can enjoy the five Farmhouse Galleries which explore the themes of ‘Creating’, ‘Learning’, ‘Believing’, ‘Celebrating’ and ‘Remembering.’ In the large Farmyard Gallery the major themes are ‘Working Village’ and ‘Working the Land’.

The magnificent 14th-century Abbey Barn remains the centrepiece of the site, providing a unique and remarkable setting for exhibitions and events.

Outside spaces, including the Farmyard and the Orchard, contain sculpture and family trails that interpret the history of the site and its buildings.

The Grain Store Café is open all year round at this family-friendly destination, offering high-quality locally-sourced food and drink.

A programme of seasonal events take place throughout the year.

Somerset Rural Life Museum reopened in June 2017 following a major £2.4 million redevelopment, led by the South West Heritage Trust.

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Opening Hours

New Opening Hours
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. Admission by advance booking only.


Adult £7.50

Senior Citizens and Concessions £5.95

Family (1 adult and up to four children aged 5-17) £12

Family (2 adults and up to four children aged 5-17) £17.50

Museum Unlimited Pass pay just once and then visit for a whole year FREE of charge.







            • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors

            • On site parking

            • On-site Restaurant/Cafe

            • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors

            • Shop

            • Toilets

            Public Transport Directions

            The entrance to the Museum is on Bere Lane, near to the roundabout adjoining Chilkwell Street. 
            It is 10 minutes walk from the centre of Glastonbury and Glastonbury Abbey, 5 minutes walk from Chalice Well and 10 minutes walk from the base of Glastonbury Tor.


            Somerset Rural Life Museum
            Chilkwell Street
            BA6 8DB
            United Kingdom

            T: 01458 831197



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