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Ilfracombe Museum

Wilder Road | Runnymede Gardens, Ilfracombe EX34 8AF, England
+44 1271 863541
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WONDERFUL HISTORY OF ILFRACOMBE

Spent an interesting hour viewing the exhibits and learning of the colourful history of Ilfracombe... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2017
Graham C
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Totnes, United Kingdom
Superb museum

There are a wide variety of items on display covering not only the history of Ilfracombe but also... read more

Reviewed 10 October 2017
CotswoldsMidge
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Cotswolds
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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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“wedding cake” (17 reviews)
“local history” (23 reviews)
“morse code” (13 reviews)
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Wilder Road | Runnymede Gardens, Ilfracombe EX34 8AF, England
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+44 1271 863541
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"interesting items"
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

Spent an interesting hour viewing the exhibits and learning of the colourful history of Ilfracombe. Chatted with the staff re local historical news, who were very informative. Recommended.

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Reviewed 10 October 2017

There are a wide variety of items on display covering not only the history of Ilfracombe but also ordinary life in times gone by. The entry fee was very reasonable, the staff helpful and the displays were very well lit which made such a difference...More

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Reviewed 4 October 2017

I would expect a town Museum to mainly have information about the town and surrounding area. This Museum does that, to some extent, but it also holds the collection of the man who created the Museum. This is stuff he collected on his travels around...More

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Ilfracombe M, Manager at Ilfracombe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Thank you Tony for leaving a review. You are right that we hold much more than a typical town museum; as well as Ilfracombe's history, we are the proud guardians of a fine natural history collection from around the world. Many visitors find our international...More

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

Great place to visit on a rainy day, but make sure you take to time to open draws and read the books available.

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Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Great little museum with lots to see and learn about. Sadly we could both remember lots of the exhibits Lovely pair of ladies with excellent knowledge of their subject. Very interesting learning about SOS and how the messages were actually sent. Some very clever people...More

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

My wife & I walked past this museum after noticing the Lord Mayor standing outside. There was bunting and a Town-Crier (?) plus local BBC TV inviting all for free. We were welcomed in by the grandson of the founder and after official ceremonies we...More

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Ilfracombe M, Administrator at Ilfracombe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

I am so glad you were part of our 85th Birthday celebrations and thank you for your very positive comments. regards Josie Jones

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

Based on other reviews I got the impression that you would spend at a minimum 2/3 hours here. We did it in 30 minutes. None of the rubbing templates were available for use and the only addition was a hunt the dinosaurs. So for 10...More

Thank Ben R
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Ilfracombe M, Manager at Ilfracombe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

We're sorry you were disappointed with your visit to our museum. If you visited on the 16th Aug, it was the morning we held a children's activity session so it is a shame that you didn't find there was enough for children to do. On...More

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

this is a quiant little museum to visit. it illustrates quite a lot of local history of the town over the years. there are a lot of little fascinating bits and pieces to discover as you go round especially when you come across the cabinets...More

Thank Tony C
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Ilfracombe M, Administrator at Ilfracombe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Thank you for your kind comments regarding Ilfracombe Museum and we hope to see you again in the future. regards Josie Jones

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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

There's wasn't a 'type of visit for educational' so I went with our age range- we visited with 12 sea cadets it was our last stop on our day out in Ilfracombe and they all throughly enjoyed themselves, the quizzes were excellent and kept them...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2017

Had been here as a child many times, so was great to introduce my young niece to the museum. Lots of interesting collections but great to see some old favourites, like the 2 headed kitten and the draw full of ancient wedding cake and the...More

Thank Sue C
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Ilfracombe M, Administrator at Ilfracombe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Thank you very much for your kind comments and so glad you enjoyed yourself here. regards Josie

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