The Long Shop Museum

The Long shop Museum tells an inspiring story of enterprise and endeavour in this small Suffolk town and its remarkable factory. Displays are housed in a cluster of original grade II listed buildings.

Amongst them is the Long Shop itself – named by workers ‘The Cathedral’.

Explore our atmospheric galleries and you’ll find fantastic collections and great hands-on activities. Here are some of our visitors’ favourites.

* Our cosy living van – as used by road makers, shepherds and other farm workers in years gone by.
* Have a go at making moulds with our pattern boxes.
* Guns and ammunition including sections of the Mulberry harbours.
* Loads of clothes for dressing up.
* The wonderful Richard Garrett ‘Victomatic’ Dry Cleaning Machine.
* Stunning design including gorgeous name plates.
* The water tower with its 148m well – the deepest in Suffolk.
* Consuelo Allen, Princess Marina and other glorious traction engines.
* The spectacular Long Shop itself – an icon of industrial Britain.

And there are 200 years of inspiring and intriguing stories to discover.

* Elizabeth Garrett – the first woman Doctor.
* Leiston goes to The Great Exhibition.
* Suffolk’s industrial town – home to the county’s oldest cinema.
* Siripite, the continuing story of the Works’ rare shunting engine.

We recommend you allow at least 2 hours for your visit.


The Long Shop Museum
Main Street
IP16 4ES

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See attraction’s website for current prices and opening hours.

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