The Orchard

Somerset is famous for its apple orchards and its cider. The orchard at Abbey Farm grows apples of local origin and helps to preserve some of the old and rare varieties.

Sheep and Bees

In the orchard you’ll see the shepherd’s hut and the Museum’s Exmoor Horn sheep. July 2019 – Due to the recent exceptionally hot weather the sheep have temporarily gone back to their other home on Exmoor.

​The orchard is also home to a number of bee hives.

Somerset rural Life Museum Shepherd's Hut


​A First World War allotment has been re-created where you can discover more about life on the Home Front and the ways in which Somerset people supported the war effort. The allotment was opened to mark the First World War Centenary.

Somerset Rural Life Museum Allotment

Abbey Barn

The Abbey Barn is one of the West Country’s finest buildings. It was completed in the 1340s to store produce from the Glastonbury Abbey estates.

The barn’s excellent stonework, fine carvings and magnificent roof reflect the abbey’s great wealth during the middle ages.

Abbey Barn with Glastonbury Tor in the background

The abbey was dissolved in 1539, but the barn continued in use as a farm building until 1972.

The Farmyard

In the farmyard there is a striking life-sized sculpture of a horse, made from reclaimed metal, by artist Harriet Mead. The horse is called Punch after one of the real-life working horses at Abbey Farm. Make sure you get your selfie with Punch, with Glastonbury Tor in the background!

You’ll also see a Little Grey Fergie Tractor. The farm’s first tractor, a grey Ferguson T20, arrived in the late 1940s.

A wooden Grain Store has been restored and you’ll see it raised up on ‘staddle’ stones.