Ilfracombe Museum

Find this cultural treasure trove located in the coastal town of Ilfracombe and have a glimpse into the area's rich history, diverse art collection, and unique maritime heritage.

Ilfracombe Museum

Ilfracombe Museum is a heritage attraction in the quintessential British seaside town of Ilfracombe, Devon

Originally established in 1954, the museum is located in a historic former public baths building located on Wilder Road, spanning two storeys and three distinctive galleries

The museum exhibits tell stories of local history and uncover the local industrial heritage; from fishing, mining, quarrying and smuggling to holiday-making and our famous tourist attractions

Inside you’ll get to explore over 130 years of Ilfracombe life, taking you through realistic scenes which include a High Street, Kitchen and Activities Room

Each display is filled with costumed figures with interesting facts and anecdotes to discover

Alongside the displays, there is also an array of interactive exhibits and activities available for children

A visit to the Ilfracombe Museum is not complete without exploring their outdoor artifacts, including a decommissioned Fire Engine and vintage ambulance


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Cozy museum featuring eclectic collections of natural history items & cultural relics & curiosities.

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Opening Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
Address: Wilder Rd, Ilfracombe EX34 8AF, UK

Potato’s Flying avatarPotato’s Flying
4 months ago
Lovely little museum, with the normal eclectic mix of English treasures. I particularly enjoyed the radio 2nd world war interviews, the war photos and letters in the end room and the virtual train journey projected against the wall.
Kat Mcardle avatarKat Mcardle
7 months ago
Great little museum full of interesting collections from local and far. The kids found it interesting too would recommend
Bryn Davies avatarBryn Davies
5 months ago
We visited here while at a loose end, was £5 for adults and free for children.A small museum but has some really interesting artefacts and there are plenty that children can interact with physically as well as just looking which kept them engaged.There is a trail for them to follow which they also enjoyed.Would recommend!
Shellie Davies avatarShellie Davies
5 months ago
We visited here on a whim today while we were up that end of the Seafront.£5 each for adults and kids go free.It's small but full of some lovely bits and bobs and you could really fill a couple of hours if you have a good look at everything.They were doing a dinosaur and butterfly trail which my children enjoyed. Got a sticker at the end.Would recommend!
Evette Bytheway avatarEvette Bytheway
5 years ago
Brilliant little museum. Lots of interesting things in such a small space. We got there at 4:30 and they close at 5pm, the staff were ever so obliging by asking for a donation instead of charging us full price. Highly recommend!!! Wish we had more time to explore, until next time.
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