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Address: Wilder Road | Runnymede Gardens, Ilfracombe EX34 8AF, England
Phone Number:
+44 1271 863541
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

A local independently-run museum with an eclectic flavour, Ilfracombe...

A local independently-run museum with an eclectic flavour, Ilfracombe museum has eight rooms filled with treasures. We have natural history specimens from around the world and plenty to see about Ilfracombe's past. Come and experience a museum that is unique and family-friendly. Children can explore our insect, bat and spider specimens, have a go at a dinosaur quiz, or send Morse code messages. Try your hand at brass rubbing, or browse our great value gift shop. We also have extensive photographic and family history resources for Ilfracombe. Our museum is a perfect all-weather attraction and can be easily accessed by wheelchair. Pay parking in car park outside the museum. Children under 16 FREE, £5 for adults, £4.00 concessions. Annual season ticket £7.50

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Fascinating treasure trove

What a surprise this turned out to be! Faced with another August rainy day, we thought this, seemingly tiny, museum would while a away a short time. Well, what an amazing treasure... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2016
Emma M
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

What a surprise this turned out to be! Faced with another August rainy day, we thought this, seemingly tiny, museum would while a away a short time. Well, what an amazing treasure trove it is. Drawers you can put out to see collections of some incredible bugs, learn about the fires that destroyed great hotels. Definitely worth a visit for... More 

1 Thank Emma M
West Sussex, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

I enjoyed my visit to this museum. The museum was packed with all sorts quirky items i would not have expected to see to be honest... visit yourself and see.....

1 Thank Simon B
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

This very plain from the outside looking building is hiding a multitude of awesome exhibits must see

1 Thank Von1414
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Spent 2+ hours at The museum. A real pot purri of things to see. Enjoyed militaria, videos of local boat life and Palmer collections. Worth. £3 entry

1 Thank Jacqueline W
Bath, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

As other reviewers have said, this is a quirky, fascinating museum. Definitely worth a visit - everyone will enjoy the weird mix of exhibits and will say, "Mum/Dad/Gran has one of those"!

1 Thank Saturday_Club
Eastern England
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50 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Fascinating small museum with an eclectic mix of exhibits. Interesting room devoted to Lundy Island, lots of cameras, old radio and Morse Code equipment, drawers full of "beasties", some beautiful clothes, prams etc etc. Very welcoming and knowledgeable staff. Worth a visit.

Thank Polestar46
North East England, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Staff were very informative and friendly ,it wasn't like the usual don't touch museum ,,,everything was easily seen and had great explanations of what and where they were from,also draws to pull out to explore hidden items ..thoroughly enjoyed this visit ....️lovely little gift shop also attached

Thank amanders2016
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26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

A beautiful little museum that puts so much into a little building. I thoroughly enjoyed here, the volunteers were so helpful and gave our godchildren activity sheets which they thoroughly enjoyed. A thoroughly interesting in site into the history of the area and the people. Would defiantly recommend here for a visit!

1 Thank Nathan P
Bristol, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016

My fiancé convinced me to go to the museum on a lovely sunny day when I was keen to get to the beach... however, I was really surprised to enjoy it and learnt a lot about a lot of things. They have some great collections both from the local area and a lot further afield. Lots of interactive stuff too.... More 

1 Thank Jennie C
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

The museum was bigger than it initially looks. We arrived in the rain and were looking for shelter. There are several rooms on different themes and all have lots of local information and artefacts (except a room I did not go into - more exotic - a quick glance alluded to stuffed snakes so I decided to look at the... More 

1 Thank sillyvixen

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