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Ilfracombe Museum

Wilder Road | Runnymede Gardens, Ilfracombe EX34 8AF, England
+44 1271 863541
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History or what???

Just the place for a cold damp afternoon in mid May. But not to worry. There is plenty of history... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Westbury, United Kingdom
Ilfracombe Museum - A Good Ilfracombe Attraction

We're keen ex- Navy & historians, concerned for the survival and management of British museums, so... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Wilder Road | Runnymede Gardens, Ilfracombe EX34 8AF, England
+44 1271 863541
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Just the place for a cold damp afternoon in mid May. But not to worry. There is plenty of history about Ilfracombe, its harbour and it's dock's. A real eye opener. Something for everyone young and not so young.

Thank richard0804
Reviewed 3 days ago

We're keen ex- Navy & historians, concerned for the survival and management of British museums, so we looked forward to seeing this renovated building again. In general Ilfracombe Museum is a worthwhile experience - the structured entrance fees reflect its private status. To be fair,...More

Thank jeangenie2018
Reviewed 20 December 2017

We had saved visiting the museum until we had a bad day and on the day of our visit the weather had started off good but gradually deteriorated so we found ourselves sheltering from the rain. We spent an enjoyable hour in the museum before...More

Thank drjohn030151
Ilfracombe M, Administrator at Ilfracombe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2018

Many thanks for your comments.

Reviewed 31 October 2017

The Ilfracombe Museum is like Doctor Who`s Tardis. It looks very small from the outside but there is so much of interest inside it`s brilliant. Well worth a visit especially on a wet afternoon as it was when we visited. Brian & Lin Walsall

1  Thank brianlin2016
Reviewed 23 October 2017

We were amazed at what we found behind a very plain entrance. It is such a wonderful collection of life in times gone by both in and around Ilfracombe and in the wider world. How times have changed. Well worth every penny of the small...More

1  Thank John W
Reviewed 23 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.

1  Thank Graham C
Reviewed 11 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

1  Thank CotswoldsMidge
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

Thank Tony H
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

Reviewed 17 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.

1  Thank John H
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

1  Thank Mrs2rs
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