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Ilfracombe Museum

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Address: Wilder Road | Runnymede Gardens, Ilfracombe EX34 8AF, England
Phone Number: +44 1271 863541
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: 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 adjacent at the Landmark theatre. Children under 16 FREE, £3 for adults, £2.50 concessions.
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Visit to Ilfracombe museum with children

Weird and wonderful things in draws to pull out and lots lots more. A great mixture. Well organised and presented keeping us interested and entertained for much longer than... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
Janeaprilmillie
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London, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

not specific to ilfracombe. Was a mix of deformed animals, ww2 memorabilia, insects Victorian clothing and morse code elements but interesting all the same

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Weird and wonderful things in draws to pull out and lots lots more. A great mixture. Well organised and presented keeping us interested and entertained for much longer than expected. My seven year old and her friend were taught how to do brass rubbings and really enjoyed it. Helpful, friendly staff and even the shop was charming and very reasonably... More 

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Holywell, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Staff very curtious and helpful.Has a lot of old fashioned household item that will ahve you saying my grandma had one of those and do you remeber that or this. Very interesting place whorth the £2.50 entrance fee it is charity and has to pay for it's up keep

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We have often bypassed this small building, but finally decided to give it a try. What a treat! An absolute treasure trove.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I swear people just complain for the sake of it. If I had taken any notice of the reviews on here before we left, I would have cancelled the holiday. You get what you pay for, you pay cheap, expect cheap when you arrive. After all you pay cod prices but expect caviar? Think not but you then have the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

If you're looking for something that's a little different then I'd recommend this museum. It's collections are varied from military, natural history, communications--it goes on. You're encouraged to open the many draws in the natural history section to explore the many smaller creatures. Look out for the more bizarre exhibits like the two headed kitten, gosling and four legged chicken.... More 

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Berkshire
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65 reviews 65 reviews
27 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a museum, like museums used to be - lots to see, good variety of exhibits, well displayed and labelled. Very interesting and entertaining place

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bristol
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Visited on a weekend break weather was a bit iffy so found the museum which is run by volunteers bigger than it looks to go through thoroughly give yourself a couple of hours their is a general section and an Ilfracombe section interesting curios and a lot of social history good value for money

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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Nostalgic items but not as much local history as I would have liked. Very hands on and relaxed museum.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Visited here with my partner and though we knew we would like it we didn't expect too much. But when we entered we were amazed at the artefacts, trinkets, historical pieces and bizzare items. It's a great little place and was half expecting a secret room filled with strange creatures ( reminds us of the shop in gremlins ) but... More 

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