The Long Shop Museum


general information

General Information

The museum is opened from March until October

Please note that we are open seven days a week during the high season and school holidays.

The Long Shop has lots of good things for families to enjoy exploring and doing together.
  • children love to discover the mini-home of our ‘working van’
  • loads of clothes to dress up in – perfect for photo-shoots!
  • get stuck in and make sand-moulds in our pattern boxes
  • trails, jigsaw puzzles and word searches
  • garden with a wendy house and space to play
  • we’re right next to Leiston’s Recreation Ground with acres of space to run free!

PLUS our shop has snacks and drinks for thirsty/hungry children.

In the museum you will find a staggering collection of objects, ranging from full-size steam engines (the Richard Garrett & ...Sons engineering business made many hundreds of steam engines here) to touching mementoes of the lives of the working people of the town.

The Long Shop itself – at the heart of the museum – is a Grade II* listed engineering workshop, thought to be one of the earliest purpose-built production lines in existence (made long before Henry Ford had the same idea!), and it’s chock-full of fascinating exhibits.

We also tell of the history of the area, with displays about the nuclear power station at nearby Sizewell and Leiston’s airfield, home to the American 357th Fighter Group, 8th USAAF, during World War II.

It all adds up to a fascinating day out, with something for everyone, and we look forward to welcoming you soon.






Admission charges for the 2016 season will be published here soon.

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Where we are

The Long Shop Museum is 10 minutes from the A12 at Saxmundham or Yoxford, and from Snape and Aldeburgh. Felixstowe, Ipswich and Lowestoft are all around 45 minutes drive.


Visitors with disabilities pay just £4.00.
Free entry for one companion.


Free disabled parking near the entrance (three spaces) for blue badge holders.
Call 01728 83218901728 832189 to reserve a space.

Inside the museum

There is level access to most of our displays however care is required. Surfaces are sometimes uneven and outside there are some gravelled areas.

The first floor of the Long Shop is only accessible by an original, steep stairway. There are folders on the ground floor which give a flavour of these upstairs displays.

The introductory video has a good commentary and works without being able to see the visuals.

If you would like to discuss your visit beforehand please call us on 01728 83218901728 832189 or email us

Induction loop

We can bring in an induction loop for group visits and need 2 week’s notice.


We have accessible toilets on the ground floor.

Things to touch

Many items from the museum’s collections can be touched. Several activities are hands-on, including making moulds in sand using original patterns.

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    • Special needs discounts
    • FREE carer passes


Toddlers (1-3), Pre-Schoolers (3-5), Juniors (5-13)


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