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Allerford Rural Life Museum

The Allerford Rural Life museum, in the scenic village of Allerford, one mile from Porlock, transports you back in time to introduce and explore the implements and crafts of bygone days of West Somerset.The Museum and Victorian School Room are housed in Allerford’s old school, leased by the National Trust. The school was built in 1821 and was in use up until to 1981. Three years later it was reopened as the Rural Life museum, owned and administered by a committee of Trustees as a completely self-supporting, volunteer-runRegistered Charity.

The museum collection, originally started through the efforts of the West Somerset Archaeological Society members, contains several thousand artefacts dating from the early 1800s to the late 1950s and ranging from clay pipes to ploughs, mostly from the Exmoor area An extensivephotographic archive of West Somerset is available to browse through and topical exhibitions of memorabilia are organised at various times.

The Victorian Schoolroom boasts original desks and benches, plus slates, text books, toys and examples of pupils’ school work from the early 1800s. Visiting children may dress up in Victorian clothes, play with some of the period toys, and write on the slates as they please.

Enrich your Exmoor holiday experience with a visit to theAllerford Rural Life Museum, open from April to the end of October each year, from 10.30am - 4.00pm Tuesday-Friday, and 1.30pm - 4.30pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays. There is an entrance charge of £2.00 for adults, and 50p for children.

Allerford Rural Life Museum,

The Old School,


Nr Minehead,

TA24 8HN
Tel: (01643) 86252