- 1 About The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.
- 2 Things to Do and See in The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.
- 3 Food and Drinks
- 4 Overall Experience.
One of the most celebrated and famous children’s books author. Known for his fiction and short stories Roald Dahl and his works are popular with all ages and millions of readers from around the world. His most popular works and one of my favourite being – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. A short distance from London is the village of Great Missenden where the author was born, and now home to an award winning museum on his works and life. Let’s discover The Roald Dahl Museum – Day trip from London.
About The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.
The museum and story centre is primarily aimed at kids between the ages of 6 and 12 but it is a fun day out for the whole family. It is situated in a small village in Buckinghamshire just outside London where Roald Dahl lived and created some of his most famous works. He lived here for nearly 36 years and this museum was created to celebrate his life and works. His works are as popular with adults as with children.
How to get to The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.
Great Missenden station is a train journey from London Marylebone. The fastest train takes 35 minutes and there are roughly 2 trains every hour. If you prefer to travel by road it is roughly an hour’s drive from London depending on traffic. ) Address: 81-83 High St, Great Missenden HP16 0AL
Visit the official website of the Museum for more details. The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.
When is The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is open?
The Museum is open Tue – Fri 10:00 – 17:00 and Sat – Sun 11:00 – 17:00
Is there an entrance fee to The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre?
The price for an adult ticket is £7 and children between the ages 5-18 are £4.70. You could also purchase a family ticket for £22.60 which is valid for 2 adults and up to 3 children. Children under 5 years are free. Check website for the most up to date prices.
Things to Do and See in The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.
The Museum and Story Centre have a few different sections including the Writing Hut used by Roald Dhal. The interiors of his Writing Hut were carefully removed from the garden of his original house and moved to the Museum in 2012.
There were over 200 objects that were removed from the original house and have been displayed at the museum. These include puzzles, personal items such as handkerchiefs and even his original writing chair. The museum also houses some rather interesting items including relics of the man himself.You can see his RAF helmet and shavings from his hip-bone and his spine.
The Story Centre.
There is a Story Centre which conducts regular story telling event and a great place for children to visit and hear stories. There is an Art and Craft area where kids can enjoy painting and most of these activities are free. You can’t find a better place to sit back and enjoy storytelling. After all it is the home of the most famous storyteller.
The other interesting part of the Museum is the wide range of interactive displays which transform you right into the books of Roald Dahl.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The Museum also includes some of the articles used in the movie – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which is an absolute treat. Enter through the Wonka bar chocolate doors and marvel at the velvet coat, hat and sprinkle filled stick used by Johnny Depp who portrayed the character of Willy Wonka in the adaptation of the movie in 2005. It also houses the Animatronic puppets that represent the Oompa-Loompas.
You enter the Museum through the Wonka gates which were donated to the museum by Warner Brothers. As the original gates used in the film were too large they remade a smaller version for the museum.
Food and Drinks
There is a Cafe which serves hot and cold food and some snacks. Treat the kids to to scrumdiddlyumptious food and make it the perfect day out with the family.
There is a gift shop as well which has a large collection of Roald Dhal books. The perfect place to take a piece of the magic home.
There is a gift shop where you can buy books and souvenirs as well.
This is an absolute must for children and a great way to encourage their reading habits. It was equally a fun day for myself,marvelling at all Charlie and the Chocolate Factory relics and to top it all, it even has a little statue of Matilda to pose with.
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