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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Calling all teachers! If you are looking for an enriching educational experience to support a variety of topics, please do consider Ilfracombe Museum. We recently visited... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Calling all teachers! If you are looking for an enriching educational experience to support a variety of topics, please do consider Ilfracombe Museum. We recently visited with sixty-five nine to ten year olds as part of out 'Does it Belong Here?' topic in which we are seeking to explore a variety of global patterns of resources uses, land use and... More 

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Thank Angharad F
Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The Museum is a welcoming venue. Always something to get the kids involved. And exhibits to scare and wonder at. Drawers to pull out full of all-sorts. This is a very hands on place, not precious at all. And a good place to have your first go at brass rubbing. Lots of interesting curios to buy and ridiculously cheap yearly... More 

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1 Thank londonpride1
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Great to spend a hour or so wandering around the past, so many things reminded me of my childhood we had a great time, ell worth a visit

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1 Thank david f
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

A perfectly lovely little museum in the classic Victorian style of draws stuffed with interesting things. Good value an a great way to pass a couple of hours

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2 Thank Marc L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Full points and a big thanx to the staff. This museum is next door to Ilfracombe theatre and behind the gardens and bandstand. Park in the theatre car park, do not park in the museum car park as we were kindly advised. Easy to get to. And you don't even need a car for Barnstaple-Ilfracombe tourism because the buses are... More 

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4 Thank Melanie H
ilfmuseum, Manager at Ilfracombe Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Melanie so much for your wonderful review of our museum, we are so pleased that you and your dad had such an enjoyable time here. We are proud of our collections - such variety and something for everyone! But it is also our volunteers who make the experience special, and we are fortunate to have some very knowledgeable... More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

We visited while on a holiday in Devon. Was a great experience, all sorts to see, very interesting place. I enjoyed looking at all the butterflies and insects, the bat cupboard was rather interesting too. My daughter (12) was interested in the morse code machine and loved the dolls house. My father could have spent all day in the museum... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Very helpful and kind staff, great value for money! I learnt Morse code aswell! Mabey you could too!

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1 Thank FNAF l
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

Amazing. I've lived in ilfracombe for 16 years and this was the first time in visiting this little gem. Truely outstanding collections of historical bits n bobs. Loved the bats! :). Lovelingly maintained and presented throughout the museum, some real treasures to seek out. Larger than expected (think there's some T.A.R.D.I.S. magic going on there lol ). Would higly recommend... More 

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1 Thank Matt H
Wolverhampton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

Had a lovely hour in the ilfracoombe museum today. There is absolutely loads of stuff to see and do. They have a fantastic collection of bugs and creepy crawlies (thankfully all dead). And loads of wartime and maritime things. If you wanted you could easily spend a whole morning looking at everything. The staff are fantastic and very friendly. My... More 

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1 Thank Emma A
Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

Took the kids from Nursery to the museums firework activity day! Was really good the children loved t! Well Done to all The helpful stafff

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ilfmuseum, Manager at Ilfracombe Museum, responded to this review

Hi Thank you for your good comments, we are glad you enjoyed our half term activity and it was good to see you bringing your Nursery children. It was a hectic morning but loads of fun and lovely to see the children getting creative and enjoying our museum! More 

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