Exmoor Museums

Museums and Collections around Exmoor in North Devon and West Somerset

Scroll down or select from these bookmarks:
Allerford Rural Life Museum 
Arlington Court 
The Bakelite Museum 
Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon 
Cobbaton Combat Collection 
Cleeve Abbey 
Coldharbour Mill 
Coleridge Cottage 
Combe Martin Museum 
The Dunster Dolls Museum 
Dunster Working Water Mill 
Guildhall Heritage Centre 
Lyn and Exmoor Museum 
Porlock Museum (Dovery Manor) 
Quantock Hills Visitor Centre 
Somerset County Museum 
Somerset Military Museum 
Somerset Cricket Museum
Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust 
Tiverton Museum 
Watchet Market Museum 
Watchet Boat Museum
Wireless in the West


Museum & Details

Allerford Rural Life Museum
"Implements and Crafts of Bygone Days in West Somerset.
A Victorian schoolroom with children's cloths for dressing up,  Photograph collection,  Craft demonstrations,  Picnic area,  Croquet."

Location  The Old School, Allerford, Nr Minehead  TA24 8HN   MAP
Tel (01643) 86252


Arlington Court
"A 'House of Collections' including model ships, shells, pewter, furniture."
Shop, Licensed restaurant and tea-room, free car park.
Carriage rides and carriage driving school.
Parkland, woodland, and lakeside walks. Shetland ponies and Jacob sheep.
Victorian Gardens (see Open Gardens for details)
Original stables with horse-drawn carriage collection

Open: Check website for latest opening times
Location : Arlington, Barnstaple, N. Devon, EX31 4LP   MAP


The Bakelite Museum
"The Bakelite Museum brings the past to life with a fascinating display of the largest collection of vintage plastics in the country.   Lovely water mill setting, tea rooms, vintage caravans, rural life collection and play area.  A great day out for all the family" 

Location Orchard Mill, Williton, TA4 4NS MAP (just outside the village off the Minehead road)
Tel (01984)632133


Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon
"The perfect way to get to know North Devon, its coastline, wildlife, history and heritage.
North Devon Potteries.  The Story of North Devon.  Yeoman of Devon.  Undersea World.  Changing exhibitions.  Museum shop."

Location The Square, Barnstaple, North Devon. EX32 8LS MAP  (next to the main bridge across the river)
Tel (01271) 346747


Cobbaton Combat Collection
"A hobby which got out of hand !"
"Hidden deep in the Devon countryside, this amazing collection of militaria  is the life-time work of one man who started collecting as a schoolboy.  Besides many exhibits from WW2, there are also sections devoted to the First War, the Falklands War and the Gulf War, making this both an entertaining and educational attraction." 

Catering during the season.  Children's play area
Location Chittlehampton, Umberleigh, Nr Barnstaple, N. Devon.  EX37 9RZ   MAP
Tel (01769) 540740


Cleeve Abbey
"One of the few 13th-century monastic sites where you can still see such a complete set of cloister buildings". Some of England's finest cloisters.  "Magnificent architecture. Unique wall paintings.  Peaceful, riverside location".
Owned by English Heritage.  See their website for details (no direct link available).

Location:  Washford,   TA23 0PS  MAP     E of Minehead, quarter mile S of the A39.
Tel (01984) 640377


Coldharbour Mill
Working Wool Museum.  "Step back and experience life in the past."
"All-weather attraction with so much to see and do.  Impressive industrial heritage museum in the heart of Devon.  Exciting guided tours of working spinning & weaving machines in a Victorian factory.  Two giant mill engines and 1888 Lancashire boiler.  Fantastic New World Tapestry.
Mill Shop, slling gifts, souvenirs, knitted yarn, woven cloth and Devon Tartan."

Location Uffculme, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 3EE   MAP
Tel (01884) 840960


Coleridge Cottage
Home of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1797-1800 where most of his famous works were written
(National Trust)

Location  35 Lime Street, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater TA5 1NQ  MAP
Tel (01278) 732662


Combe Martin Museum
"Visit the small museum which illustrates with artefacts, photographs, maps and pictures of th eold village industries of silver mining, lime quarrying and burninig, agriculture and horticulture together with details of its maritime history.  Guided tours of key industrial sites available.

Location 4 Kingsley Terrace, Combe Martin EX34 0EW  MAP  (overlooks Newberry Beach)
Tel (01271)882636


The Dunster Dolls Museum
Unique collection founded by Mollie Hardwick of over 800 dolls from many periods. Historic to modern, costume and foreign, artists' and fashion dolls. Costumed "Sasha" collection; a Victorian Dolls House and "Britains" garden.

Location Memorial Hall, High Street, Dunster, Minehead TA24 6SF  MAP
Collections: Housed upstairs.
Tel (01643) 821220


Dunster Working Water Mill
"The West Country's finest working water mill. Built 1680, the mill is set in magnificent surroundings alongside the River Avill, only minutes from Dunster Castle and the High St.  See how flour is produced as the wheat grain is fed down to the grinding stones before being bagged up for local bakeries.  Fascinating collection of ancient agricultural machinery in the integral museum."
Shop, Tea room and Garden

Parking nearby
Location Mill Lane, Dunster TA24 6SW  MAP
Tel (01643)821759


Guildhall Heritage Centre
The centre in Dulverton has a small museum of the town 100 years ago that includes a cottage showing living conditions of the 19th Century.  The Exmoor Photographic Archive; and an excellent exhibition and art gallery with successive exhibitions throughout the season.

Location Guildhall Heritage Centre, Monmouth Terrace, Dulverton  TA22 9EY  MAP


Lyn and Exmoor Museum
Display includes an Exmoor kitchen, a collection of tools and agricultural implements, natural history, archeological and geological exhibits; a collection of paintings, prints and photographs of the locality and a model of the Lynton/Barnstaple Railway which closed in 1935.

Location St. Vincents Cottage, Market St. Lynton, EX35 6AF MAP  (adjacent to Bottom Meadow car park opp the school).
Tel (01598)752205


Porlock Museum (Dovery Manor)
Local, Social and Natural History of the locality.  Housed in a lovely 15thC Manor building the exhibits include an interesting collection of photographs, press cuttings and displays of the Porlock Parish.

Location  Dovery Manor, Doverhay, Porlock, Minehead TA24 8PS MAP  (opp Doverhay car park at the Minehead end of the village)
Tel (01643) 862316


Quantock Hills Visitor Centre
Interpretation of the human and natural history of the Quantock Hills

Location  The Library, The Old Primary School, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater  
Tel (01278) 732741


Somerset County Museum
Closed for refurbishment until 2011

Natural history, geology, archaeology, social and industrial history and art mainly relating to Somerset; Taunton Deane Gallery; Colthurst Collection of Chinese pottery; Temporary Exhibition Gallery.

Location  The Castle, Castle Green, Taunton TA1 4AA   MAP
Tel (01823) 320201


Somerset Military Museum
Somerset Light Infantry; North Somerset & West Somerset Yeomanries; Militia; Rifle Volunteer corps; Territorial Army and today's Regiment - The Light Infantry.

Location The Castle, Castle Green, Taunton TA1 4AA  MAP
(Correspondence address: 14 Mount Street, Taunton TA1 3QE)
Tel (01823) 320201 or 333434


Somerset Cricket Museum
Cricketing memorabilia mainly relating to Somerset County Cricket Club

Location  7 Priory Avenue, Taunton TA1 1XX  MAP
Tel (01823) 275893


Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust
Railway relics and rolling stock, including a complete signalbox - mainly Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway.

Location  Washford Station, Watchet TA23 0PP   MAP
Tel  Washford Station (01984) 640869


Tiverton Museum
Excellent museum with displays about local lace and textile industry, the Civil War, The Grand Western Canal and the coming of the railway.

Open:  see website
Location  St Andrews Street, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6PH   MAP
Tel  (01884)256295


Watchet Market Museum
"Discover the history of this ancient port.  Fossils from the local cliffs.  Remains of the Woolly Mammoth.  Coins minted for Saxon and Norman Kings.  The Iron Ore Mines and their unique Railway.  Sailors and Sailing Vessels.  Paintings, photographs and models.  Video: "The Watchet Story."

Location Market St. Watchet, TA23 0AN  MAP  (Near the harbour slipway.)
Tel Curator (01984) 631345

24b Watchet Boat Museum
Collections: Somerset flatners and ancillary items
Facilities: shop, school parties, disabled visitors, parking plus research facilities and archive available by appointment

Location Harbour Road, Watchet
Tel Curator (01984) 633117


Wireless in the West
A nostalgic experience of radio broadcasting history set in the first high power BBC transmitting station in the SW.  Enjoy archive sounds from the fascinating display of over 100 wireless receivers. Discover how radio was broadcast and see some of the equipment actually used by the BBC in the 1930's.

Location Tropiquaria,  Washford Cross, Watchet, TA23 0JX.  MAP
(On A39 between Williton and Minehead-look out for the tall radio masts)
Tel (01984)640688