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Scolton Manor County Museum

Amongst 60 acres of spectacular park and woodland just 5 miles North of Haverfordwest, sitsScoltonManorCountyMuseum. Its exhibits are housed in and around the stable block, exhibition hall and country house of Scolton Manor, a magnificent Victorian Grade II listed mansion owned and run by Pembrokeshire County Council since 1972. The museum, alongside many of Scolton Manor’s other facilities and attractions provides a fun and memorable day out for the family on a rainy day, with a fine day enabling visitors to take advantage of the beautifully landscaped gardens that flood the estate grounds rich with colour from edge to edge.

Formerly a family home to the Higgon family and later convalescence hospital to World War II servicemen, Scolton Manor has been meticulously restored by the Museum Service to provide a taste of Victorian style and society, inviting visitors to relive the lives of the rich and the poor, their contrasting habitats, art inspirations and industrial developments.

The museum, accessible through an arched entrance and with an outlook onto a pretty cobbled courtyard has been highly praised on its variety of exhibits and quality of interpretation. On your journey through Scolton’s informative displays, you will walk through period rooms, view Victorian costume, learn about the effect of World War II from their Homefront exhibition and even step back in time to understand about life in the blitz by spending time in a reconstructed Anderson shelter complete with sound and lighting. You will have the opportunity to digest the history of agriculture and rural living, this exhibit being the largest on display inWales.

In addition to this fabulous insight to Pembrokeshire’s history, Scolton Manor is proactive in educating people of the present to think about the future. Children and adults are encouraged to interact with the Sci-Trek range of puzzles and experiments and to educate themselves on some of the world’s most critical green issues and wildlife conservation. Scolton is also host to the BlueSkys Project which promotes meaningful occupation and education using horticulture as a therapeutic activity.

As Pembrokeshire’s only Green-Flag awarded park, Scolton Manor is also well known as a place of natural habitat with various viewing hides and nesting boxes for birds dotted around the grounds. Woodland trails for strolls and nature walks such as the Dragons Run Minibeast Exercise Trail are popular to amuse the little ones and satisfy inquisitive minds.

At Scolton Manor, children can run around in a clean, safe and dog friendly environment whilst parents relax nearby. A wooden adventure play area, climbing walls, a maze and picnic tables are all welcome facilities to enhance your family day out. And the Tearooms is well worth a visit as a tasty alternative to organising your own refreshments. It’s also worth noting that the facilities are a fair walk from the car park and therefore disables access is provided adjacent to the house if required.

As a council run property, Scolton Manor also plays an important role integrating the local community, hosting meaningful events such as the Race for Life in July and various others such as the Classic Car Show and a Fitness Boot Camp. For your own snippet of Pembrokeshire history, perhaps whilst visiting one of their annual events, pop into Scolton Manor County Museum, you won’t be disappointed.