West Stow Country Park and Anglo-Saxon Village, Bury St. Edmunds

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West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village is an archaeological site and an open-air museum located near to West Stow in Suffolk, eastern England. Evidence for intermittent human habitation at the site stretches from the Mesolithic through the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Romano-British period, but it is best known for the small village that existed on the site between the mid-5th century and the early 7th century CE, during the early Anglo-Saxon period. During this time, around 70 sunken-featured buildings were constructed on the site, along with 8 halls and a number of other features. Subsequently abandoned, the area became farmland in the Late Medieval period.
Antiquarian interest in the site began in 1849, when a nearby Anglo-Saxon cemetery was discovered. Subsequent excavations of Romano-British pottery kilns took place in the late 19th and mid-20th centuries, before the Anglo-Saxon settlement was revealed. The site was excavated between 1956 and 1972 by an archaeological team from the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works (MOPBW), led first by Vera Evison and then by Stanley West. Following the culmination of excavation, it was decided to reconstruct the village on the site, an experimental archaeological project which has been ongoing since 1974. In 1999, the site was opened to the public with a new visitor's centre, museum and cafe.
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  • We weren't here particularly long however there was an interesting history and replicas inside. We got a discount due to our accommodation which was a lovely surprise. There is lots of paths and walks...  more »
  • This was our first visit with our grandchildren and they loved it! The playground had equipment for all ages and we felt £2 for a full day’s parking was excellent value for money. We enjoyed the Beowu...  more »
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  • Staff were really friendly and helpful. Well priced entrance fee, loads to see and kids loves the museum and chicken spotting around the outside areas! Cafe wasn't the cheapest, but no more so than other places and with the fact of the cheap entrance price we didn't really mind. Well worth the visit, beautiful surroundings and great day had by all (4 adults and 4 children)
  • NOT dog friendly! We went as we had seen the road signs and it sounded interesting. On arrival I checked to board which stated dogs should be kept on a lead at all times - fine. We paid our parking and went to the museum, only to be told dogs are not allowed!! We were told we could not have a refund of parking fee paid. Customer relations was dire. I said they need to put a sign up to say dogs are not allowed in any part of the museum - including the outdoor part - BEFORE people pay for parking. They said it's on the website - but there was no connection out there, so this is useless. They need to improve signage and improve customer relations too.
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