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Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey

Ely Road | Waterbeach, Cambridge CB25 9PQ, England
+44 1223 860988
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Excellent Place passed by many times without visiting what a mistake

This is a great place which offers an insight into the past of numerous groups of individuals from... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
petertheb
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Kings Lynn
Great little find

What a lovely afternoon we had exploring this little gem. Beautifully kept gardens and buildings... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
madametulip
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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The Farmland Museum is an independent museum which also looks after Denny Abbey on behalf of English Heritage. The museum's display celebrate the agricultural heritage of the county and the rural traditions and industries associated with the area. On the museum site visitors will find a 17thC Stone Barn, a reconstructed early/mid 20thC Village Shop and a Wheelwright's workshop. Lots of hands-on activities for children including a play area. The Abbey is unique - it has been lived in and adapted by 3 different religious orders between 12th century and 14th century. It then became a farmhouse until the 1940s. The Tea Room is open at weekends, bank holidays and on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon's during school holidays (excluding Christmas holiday). Hot/cold drinks and assorted snacks available daily from the museum kiosk. The entry price covers the whole site including the Abbey. Season tickets are a great option for regular visitors. English Heritage members have free access to Denny Abbey, the Nuns Refectory and Walnut Cottage when they show membership card. A reduced entry fee is charged to English Heritage members wishing to visit the whole site. No free access to English Heritage members on event days (please refer to your handbook). Museum open daily. Weekdays 12 - 5pm; weekends and bank holidays 10.30am - 5pm
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Hours Today: 10:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Ely Road | Waterbeach, Cambridge CB25 9PQ, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place which offers an insight into the past of numerous groups of individuals from Nuns to Knights Templar to being just a family home. The changes are there for all to see and are well posted within the Abbey. There is...More

Thank petertheb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely afternoon we had exploring this little gem. Beautifully kept gardens and buildings. We are English heritage members so we got most of it included, but there is an additional cost if you wish to do the farm bit too. Some great kids...More

Thank madametulip
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum hosts a great deal of farming machinery of days gone by. Stables have been turned into indovuals exhibitions from dairy, to wicker basket making etc.. As you come into each room, automatically an interesting story of the farm going back to the 1900...More

Thank CJ H
Reviewed 26 April 2017

Little of the original Denny Abbey remains today but we still found our visit interesting. The Farmland museum is also interesting and worth a visit.

1  Thank denver60
Reviewed 23 April 2017

I really wanted to like this place. A medieval abbey with a farming museum thrown in. Other reviews refer to a hidden gem; unfortunately it's a gem that's lost its lustre and that's reflected in poor visitor numbers on a warm Sunday afternoon. The site...More

Thank The_Running_Tenor
Reviewed 16 April 2017

I went there on a Sunday morning, just after it opened. They had a small field, where I could park my car. I noticed there were only two other cars parked there and I believed they belonged to the staff. When I went to the...More

Thank ste141
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Situated 6 miles north of Cambridge, Denny abbey and farming museum is a great insight into Cambridgeshire 200 years ago. The collection of farm machinery with Audio playback when you walk into each display : a clever use of PIR sensors to trigger the audio!...More

1  Thank geoff_grayton
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We visited here as well as visiting the Farmland Museum and we were pleased we did. The Abbey itself is an interesting visit, lots of history to look at and read about. The Fenland Cottage is the highlight though. This wonderful little home is frozen...More

Thank Homeiswhereyouparkit
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Fantastic. Full of history, good value, a must see. The cottage "stuck in time" was eerily fascinating and the abbey was beautiful. I learned so much about the area I grew up in. More people should come here, before they have to close due to...More

1  Thank Gabs2893
Reviewed 14 September 2016

The farmland museum is charged separately although you seem to have to go through it to reach the Abbey, quite interesting with different buildings for blacksmith, shop etc with narrative as you enter each one. The Abbey has a time line showing its different uses...More

Thank Wen4519
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