Visit Us

Visit us to see our extensive collection of local historical objects; come to one of our many exciting outside events; be entertained and enlightened at one of our historical talks; study the local archives; or simply come for tea and cakes. All you need to know before you visit us is here.

Opening Hours

We are open on Saturday, Sunday and Monday 2-5pm from April to October inclusive. We are open at other times by appointment

See Events for event opening times.

Admission Charges

The Museum has decided to remove visitor entry fees for 2024 as a trial. We will keep this under review and may reintroduce fees should the trial prove unworkable.

We will ask visitors to be as generous as possible with donations and to consider making all of them Gift Aided, where possible, in order to generate 25% more income for the museum.

This will not apply to events where we need to cover the exceptional costs of promoting such entertainment.

Check the specific event notice in Events for details of any entry charges for an event.

Location

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Directions

By Car or Coach:

The museum is at the end of a lane off the B1096 between Ramsey and Ramsey Forty Foot. The lane entrance is directly opposite the Ramsey-end of the cemetery and the museum is signposted from the road.

Be aware that the lane is not always suitable for cars with very low suspension.

There is free parking for coaches and cars, and dedicated spaces for disabled drivers.

By Bus:

Ramsey is served, somewhat infrequently, by buses from main towns and cities in the area: Peterborough, Huntingdon, St. Ives and Chatteris. See Journey Planner  for details of services. The main bus stop is on the Great Whyte in the centre of town.

By Foot

It is a short walk (0.7 miles) from the centre of Ramsey to the museum. Local footpath number 190/1 passes by the museum and forms part of a popular circular walk of Ramsey’s historical sites.

By Cycle

Huntingdonshire Cycle Route 13 passes close to the museum and the area is well-served by cycle routes. However, note that none are dedicated cycle pathways.

The Museum’s Contents

The museum has 15 different rooms and outdoor areas where we house the museum’s collection of historical objects, artefacts and items of farm machinery.

The majority of the rooms are housed in buildings that are themselves of historical importance, with the oldest stone buildings dating from the 17th century.

Amenities

Tea Room

Our licenced tea room is open whenever the museum is open. We serve a range of teas, coffees, cold drinks, locally made cakes and other snacks and light refreshments. It is open to non-visitors and is a popular destination for locals taking the short stroll from Ramsey.

We may offer a wider range of food and drinks at events.

We can also provide a wider range of food and drinks for groups visiting the museum by prior arrangement. See Group Visits.

Book Shop

Our bookshop is stocked with around 3000 donated books, both fiction and non-fiction, all very competitively priced, in good condition, and arranged so as to make browsing easy.

Gift Shop

Our small gift shop, located in the reception area, stocks a range of museum-themed merchandise and locally crafted objects.

Gardens and Wildlife

The museum is set in a rural landscape with ancient oak trees and extensive grasslands (the site was originally called Hassocks Meadow), and to this we have added a variety of green spaces – a  sensory garden, a wildflower area, a domestic garden for the Darlow’s Farm Cottage and a grassy area by the thatched well.

Historical Archives

The museum is home to an extensive collection of local archival material – photos, maps, documents and ephemera – collated into over 50 binders. See our binders page for more details of the coverage.

Facilities

We have toilets and baby-changing facilities.

We can warm baby food and feeding bottles – just ask in reception.

Additional toilets are provided for most outdoor events.

Accessibility

There is wheelchair access to all but one of the Museum’s display rooms, and we provide a video presentation of the exhibits in this area. In addition, electric and large wheelchairs cannot access the Darlow’s Farm Cottage.

There are 8 allocated disabled parking places.

We provide a radar-key operated disabled toilet, with alarm.

Additional disabled parking is provided for most events.

Schools

We offer specially conducted tours for school parties. These are available throughout the year, but are by prior arrangement only. Details and a booking form are given in Schools Visit Details.

Groups

We welcome groups of up to 60 visitors for museum tours. Optionally, a visit can be coupled with a Ploughman’s Lunch, or an afternoon Cream Tea.

We require 14 days notice for lunch and cream tea bookings.

Details of how to book are in Contact Us