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Kids in Museums staffer Catherine Townsend visited the olde world that lies within the building that was a coaching house, tavern and is now the Tudor World museum experience in Stratford upon Avon.

Coming away from bustling Sheep Street into the quaint entrance you amble down the cobbled street to be greeted by a friendly doorman in costume. The Falstaff Experience offers a thorough insight into the history of the Tudors. Visitors wander through the atmospheric displays passing secret activities and using their senses to relate to the time of Henry VIII. The voice recordings that trigger as you enter each space relate to all ages and sniff boxes give you a sense of the (often smelly) environment people lived in.

The exhibits cover topics like the Great Fire in Stratford upon Avon, and littered throughout you will see a lovely collection of old local maps which I’m sure people living nearby would relate to strongly. There are ghastly descriptions about old-fashioned punishments and the lighthearted topic of the Black Plague. Children interested in history should check it out. There are literature filled boards full of quirky facts that you can easily overlook with so much else going on in this space.

The space has been very well thought out and there’s lots for children to do while they wander through. Dotted along the route children can dress up Tudor style, smell the boxes and even sit at an old school desk where they can write their names with a quill and ink. If you have younger children, you can request a pirate trail on the way in (free with the entrance fee). The trail encourages the children to look for animals hidden in building and there are torches next to displays so the children can do more investigation in the dark corners.

This museum is full of the stories of the Tudors and it creates a great atmosphere while covering many of the heavy topics from 1500s and after. Its lots of fun for horrible history fans.

For more information visit http://www.falstaffexperience.co.uk/.

Entry costs £5.50 for adults, £3.00 for children and under 7s are free. The family ticket is quite reasonable at £12.50 for up to two adults and three children.

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