Totnes Elizabethan House Museum

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70, Fore Street TOTNES Devon
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Situated on Fore Street close to the East Gate Arch, Totnes Museum is contained within an authentic Elizabethan Merchant's House, which is half timbered  built around 1575 for the Kelland family. The house retains many features dating back to the Elizabethan period and has been painstakingly restored. There are 13 rooms on three floors covering over 5000 years of history from Totnes and its surrounding area. Collections, relate to the social, cultural, economic history of Totnes, include a room dedicated to the life and work of Charles Babbage, a superb parlour/bedroom and a Tudor Kitchen. There are displays depicting the adventures of William Wills, the first man to cross Australia between North and South, and a hands-on Victorian Nursery. In addition there is a Courtyard and Tudor herb garden to explore. The museum is also home to an Archive (Study Centre) containing maps, wills, deeds and other historical documents to assist researchers and family history devotees. The entire record of the local newspaper, Totnes Times, since 1860 is available on microfiche and there are printing and photocopying facilities available. The Study Centre is also an outpost of the Devon Records Office.

Opening Times:

Mon - Fri: 10:30am – 5:00pm (last entry at 4:30pm), Monday to Friday from mid-March to the end of October. Closed weekends and Bank Holidays.

Admission Fees:

Adult: £2:50
Concession: £1:75
Child: £1:00.

The Study Centre is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10.30am until 4pm. (Please telephone to check before visiting on a Wednesday).


* N.B There is only wheelchair access to the lower floor in the museum

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