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Morwellham Quay (Devon)

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Step back in time to the historic outdoor museum on the River Tamar, Devon.

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      16.11.2008 13:07
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      Great day out for something different to do!

      Morwellham Quay in Devon is a very famous South West Museum set in over 200 acres, and has won awards for it's efforts to keep the past alive! The attraction is an evocative Museum teamed with a visitor centre, which is set in the recently designated World Heritage Site. This is also in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is situated only four miles from Tavistock, which is a small place situated about half an hour from Plymouth. Tavistock was the famous historical port, which had mine workings and a whole estate with it, with the lovely river Tamar running alongside it.The scenery will capture your heart, along with cliffs there are rolling hillsides, and on a good sunny day this place will make you feel really humble and happy inside! It is easy to get to and is well signposted, just follow the brown signs, and take the A390 towards Liskerad, take a left after two miles and then it is two miles after Gunnislake Bridge.

      The attraction itself is a restored port, you are greeted by people dressed up in period costumes, and this instantly puts a smile on your face! You are instantly taken back to the 1860s, you can explore the miner's cottages, walk along the original quayside, and explore the assay's office. There is even a chance for you to dress up yourself into period costumes, so you can really get into the feel of the place!

      What I remember coming here as a child, was finding out what life was really like at the time, what it was like being a servant in an upper class household, and what the miner's life was really like. I think it is a great place for children and adults alike,very historical but intersting at the same time, so children don't get bored!

      The best pat of this place is the mini train ride into the copper mine, you really get the feeling you really are here! And the who place is amazing, it really highlights just how tough it was in those working conditions. What helps is there is an expert on the train that tells you all about what is happening there and what they would of had to put up with. You can then go and see what life was like on a typical Victorian farm, which is quite a contrast to the miner's way of life. Here you get to see natural wildlife which is really lovely.

      Of course all this site seeing makes you hungry, so you can stop by the Ship Inn, which has some lovely food, i particualrly liked my cream tea and scone! Prices are very reasonable as well, and the atmosphere is lovely and friendly, I also believe there is a new tea room opening soon as well.

      Parking is £2 for the day, which I thought was very reasonable, and the admission for the actual site is free!! The attraction is open from 10am to 5pm daily. You can buy day passport tickets which give you access to the following:
      Riverside Railway & Underground Guided Tour of the Copper Mine;
      Morwellham Victorian School Room Experience;
      Copper dressing on the Ore Floor;
      Ropemaking on the Quay;
      Rope Walk.

      The cost of these are Adults £8.50, Children £6.00, Senior Citizens £7.50 and students £5.00, so a definite bargin that will not break the bank!

      Overall experience of the place is just magical! I thought the price I paid was a really great price, and most of it goes to a really good cause!If you are thinking of going in December I know there is a really good event called Victorian Christmas, this is being held on Saturday 20th December, 1pm - 7pm where you can see the Christmas fare, children can see Santa and there are traditional Christmas games. Would highly reccommend this place, it really nice something to treasure!

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