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Rural Life Centre

5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)
  • Farnham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Information

The charming and educational Rural Life Centre is distributed over a vast 10 acres of field, woodland and barns, and its collections comprise large number of implements and devices marking over 150 years of farming.

Many aspects of village and rural life are also displayed in realistic individual settings and include collections titled Farming through the seasons, Local hop growing and Tools and crafts allied to country industries and needs. So there's plenty of scope for learning here!

The Rural Life Centre has sheep around most of the year, they are around for lambing of course, generally in May. Other animals are on show at Events such as: 'Farm Animals of Yesteryear', and 'Donkey Day Out'.

The traditional playground is ideal for letting the kids blow off steam and consists of well-maintained vintage equipment including 2 roundabouts a large slide, see-saw and swings. Classic! The playground is restricted to 13 year olds and under.

A lot of the collection is exhibited in walk through buildings and happily in many cases you are able to touch the displays, which naturally helps keep the kids engaged. Particularly good fun is having a go at pumping water in the Victoria Laundry, though be warned you are likely to get wet!

Plus running every Sunday and bank holiday Monday throughout the main season, the Old Kiln Light Railway is a delight kids of all ages!

Well behaved dogs are welcomed on leads and most of the museum site is easily accessible to wheelchair users.

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Opening hours

1st March  - November
Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

November - February
Wednesday to Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

Last Entry

1 hour before attraction closes


General Admission
Adults (17+): £10.00
Kids (4-16): £7.00
Under 4's: Free
Seniors (60+): £9.00
Family: £30.00

Travel & Contact Information


Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2DL, England

Phone number

01252 795571



Click here to visit Rural Life Centre's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, Rural Life Centre is wheelchair friendly.

Yes, Rural Life Centre have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Dogs are welcome


Fascinating day out 5 out of 5 stars

I've visited several times with the family and we have always enjoyed the Rural Life Centre. There's so much there, you see something new every time. I love that it's full of everyday things from the past as well as items relating to rural life from the past. There's always a peaceful atmosphere and all of the volunteers are so friendly and obviously care a great deal about the place.


Had a great time 5 out of 5 stars

We visited with our one year old and had a really good time. It was a bank holiday and we decided to have lunch in the cafe which was very busy, but we had a nice meal. We also visited the cafe later for cake, which was delicious. Although I'm personally not that interested in the sorts of exhibits here the way that there are lots of different buildings with grassy areas and benches outside meant that I could stay outside if I wanted to while my husband could look at bits of old engines and machinery! Our son loved the old-fashioned playground. We went on the miniature train which was good and the driver was friendly and knowledgeable. We found it fairly easy to get around with the pushchair and could take it inside most of the buildings without any issues. Baby changing facilities were easy to find. Overall this was a great day out with lots of variety, definitely would recommend.

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