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Somerset Rural Life Museum

Somerset Rural Life Museum tells the story of the county’s rich rural and social history.
Somerset Rural Life Museum

The Somerset Rural Life Museum is on the site of the former Abbey Farm.

The Abbey Barn is a magnificent 14th century barn which forms the centrepiece of the site. It was completed in the 1340’s to store produce from the Glastonbury Abbey estates. The barn’s excellent stonework, fine carvings and magnificent roof reflect the abbey’s great wealth during the Middle Ages.

Around the Abbey Barn you will also find galleries exploring the themes of working life in rural communities and the story of food and farming.

You can also visit the Farmhouse Kitchen, the Farmyard, the Orchard and the Allotment.

There is a café and car parking available on site at the Somerset Rural Life Museum.

Frequently asked questions about Somerset Rural Life Museum

The Somerset Rural Life Museum is open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. From November 1 to Easter, it’s open Tuesday to Saturday. From Easter to October 31, it’s open Tuesday to Sunday.

The Somerset Rural Life Museum offers an annual pass which allows you to visit free of charge for a year. Admission prices range from £4.00 to £8.50 depending on age and concession. Carers do not need to purchase a ticket. The pass can be purchased on arrival or in advance to speed up entry.

  • Adult – £8.50
  • Concessions (over 60s, students aged 18 to 25, those receiving benefits *) – £6.95
  • Child (under 5) – Free
  • Child (aged 5 – 17) – £4.00
  • Family (2 adults and up to four children aged 5 – 17) – £20.00
  • Family (1 adult and up to four children aged 5 – 17) – £13.00

* Income support, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Universal Credit

The Somerset Rural Life Museum Wassail usually takes place in January each year, in the 14th-century Abbey Barn on the museum’s site. Aiming for a good apple crop in the coming year, the ceremonies will focus on blessing the oldest tree in the neighbouring orchard. The Master of Ceremonies is Les Davies MBE, known for his orchard expertise, and there will be a crowning of the Wassail King or Queen. Booking is essential. Visit their website for information including the date and time of the next Wassail event.

Yes, there is parking available on site at the Somerset Rural Life Museum for up to 40 cars.

The entrance to the museum is located on Bere Lane, near the roundabout adjoining Chilkwell Street, with the postal address of Abbey Farm, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, BA6 8DB.

If you prefer to walk, the museum is a 10-minute walk from the centre of Glastonbury, Glastonbury Abbey, and the base of Glastonbury Tor, and just a 5-minute walk from Chalice Well.

Contact details for Somerset Rural Life Museum

Glastonbury Tor • Glastonbury Abbey • Chalice Well • Somerset Rural Life Museum

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