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Museum Week in Dean Wye – Our Top 10

Museum week is here! Here are a few fascinating places we think you should visit:

  1. Abergavenny Museum – Set on the grounds of Norman Castle, the museum portion of this attraction shows the history of the area from prehistory to present day. Other activities include an interactive WWII air raid shelter, a reconstruction of the 1940s Basil Jones Grocery Shop, and the grounds happen to be a great location for picnics.
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    © Wye Dean Tourism

    Dean Forest Railway – If you start your journey at Norchard station, you can visit the Dean Forest Railway Museum which specialises in Forest of Dean and Severn & Wye joint railway artefacts. When you’re done, take a ride on a steam train to one or all of the five stations available.
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  3. Littledean Jail – This venue is home to both the infamous “Crime Through Time Museum” and the largest collection of “Quadrophenia” memorabilia. This attraction, however, is not suitable for those easily offended or of a sensitive nature.
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  4. Goodrich Castle – Learn first-hand what life was like in a medieval castle in one of Britain’s most complete strongholds. Take a free audio tour and learn about the famous Civil War siege. Don’t forget to stop by the cafe when you’ve finished.
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  5. Nelson Museums & Local History Centre – A museum that shows Monmouth’s origins as well as housing one of the world’s best collections on the famous Admiral Nelson. .
  6. Lydney Park Spring Gardens – Roman Temple Site – A beautiful garden full of Azaleas, Magnolias, Pieris, and Roman ruins. Ruins of both a Roman camp including a temple were excavated on the site. Museums are also available, including the New Zealand Museum. .
  7. Nature in Art – The world’s first museum dedicated to fine, decorative, and applied art inspired by nature, the displays are housed in a Georgian mansion from the mid 1700s. When you’re done looking over the art, feel free to explore the rest of the grounds.
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    © Wye Dean Tourism

    Caldicot Castle Country Park – Not quite a traditional museum, Caldicot Castle County Park allows you to immerse yourself in Welsh castle life from medieval times to the twentieth century. You can even stand atop the battlements and sit next to the HMS Foudroyant’s Cannon.

  9. Weston’s Cider – A unique day out for the family. Take a tour of the cider mill, adults can sample ciders and perries for free, and have tea in the Bottle Museum Tea Room.
  10. Dean Heritage Centre – With a reconstructed Victorian cottage, five historical galleries, and an adventure playground for the younger ones, the Dean Heritage Centre is an interactive day out for all ages. There are usually events on throughout the year, including art shows and educational workshops. .

For more ideas on things to do this week, visit the official website here.

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One comment on “Museum Week in Dean Wye – Our Top 10

  1. Wilf
    21 March 2015

    From the ‘Pimple at the bottom of the world NZ’, wonderful staying in touch with what is on with you all there. Look forward to our next return visit.

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