Merchant's House

Merchant's House, Plymouth: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Merchant's House Reviews: 4/5

Merchant's House
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Jannerbloke
Devon, UK11,494 contributions
Sadly will not be reopening to public in time for Mayflower 400 celebrations.
Oct 2019
This interesting and well preserved old building has not opened for a while. The owners Plymouth City Council say ‘The house is closed due to essential conservation work.’. It was hoped that it would be ready and open for the 2020 Mayflower 400 celebrations. When we came by this week with visitors to Plymouth it looked neat from the outside so it’s still OK for photos. We rang the council for information and they hpstraightforwardly told us that it is hoped to complete work on the Elizabethan House in New Street by Autumn 2020 towards the end of the celebrations but that the Merchant’s House will not be ready.
Written November 1, 2019
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sheepygold
london4,811 contributions
Stunning from the outside
Jun 2017 • Solo
Unfortunately I have only been able to take photographs of the outside of this stunning building as it has been closed when I have passed by. I am not sure if it is open at all now?
Written June 18, 2017
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MadamPC
Leeds, UK128 contributions
Great Museum
Aug 2015 • Family
Great place to visit, though does need updating slightly.

Council run and I think this is the problem, staff are just that staff and are not passionate about the museum.
Written August 23, 2015
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Thanks very much for your positive review of our historic Merchant's House. We will be making changes/improvements over the next few months. Best wishes.
Written September 27, 2015
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Ken P
Bristol, UK920 contributions
A good 45 minutes
Aug 2015
Very interesting historical building with artifacts and story lines linked to historic people such as mayors and a display about Plymouth in ther Blitz.
Written August 19, 2015
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Thanks very much for your positive review of our historic Merchant's House. Best wishes.
Written September 27, 2015
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bravo-cinzia
Farmington, CT644 contributions
Wonderful Building with Great Displays
Jul 2015 • Friends
This ancient building is Plymouth's finest surviving example of a 16th/17th century residence but most signs of it being a home have been lost to time. Instead it has become quite an interesting repository of items and antiques and stories that recount different periods of Plymouth history. I didn't think I'd find it as engaging as I actually did!

Everyone in our group really enjoyed the exhibit on WWII and learned that Plymouth was the most bombed English city during the war. You must read the displays and pay a bit of attention because it isn't all modern and computerized or jumps out at you, it is simply a collection of photos and memorabilia that effectively transports you to what it was like to live there during wartime. It's a little dusty and maybe needs some freshening, but maybe it's just an authentic reminder of the hellishness that occurred here during the war! Some of the descriptions were brave and chilling. The photos of bombed out neighborhoods were amazing. The sounds of the bombs dropping in the sensory recreation were scary and incessant.

My favorite items were an ad and a poster, each of which struck me as to what living during this time must have been like. (photos posted) When you visit, you too will have a favorite display as well as an awesome experience in this fine old merchant and mayor's home.
Written July 25, 2015
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Thanks very much for your positive review of our historic Merchant's House. Best wishes.
Written September 27, 2015
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719julesl
Worcester, UK61 contributions
Quaint Elizabethan house in the midst of a post-modern desert
Jul 2015 • Solo
Good value for money at £1.80 for students. On several levels, each level devoted to a particular timeframe - a mixture of different exhibits from the Elizabethian era to the 1970's. Although it's very informative, I was under the original impression I was going to see an attraction about an 'Elizabethan merchant's house', rather than a trip through time involving prison cells, the Blitz and the regeneration of the area after WW 2. But still a worthy visit for history buffs and archaeologists like myself!
Written July 18, 2015
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Thanks very much for your positive review of our historic Merchant's House. It's sister property, the Elizabethan House is laid out in the style of a merchant or sea captain's house. Best wishes.
Written September 27, 2015
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Mark F
Yeovil, UK46 contributions
A most interesting museum in a fascinating old house
Jul 2015 • Solo
The museum is misleadingly signposted from the main street, but once found is a real treat and its small fee excellent value - its several floors are crammed with very interesting displays and exhibits - a very good balance of interpretation and artefacts. Children will be fascinated by the Victorian school room and the Anderson shelter. Very good on Plymouth in WW2 and some fascinating archive film as well. More could be made of the Merchant's House aspect itself - but there is some information about the house on the ground floor. For another interesting ancient Plymothian house see the Elizabethan House in New Street in the Barbican harbour area.
Written July 15, 2015
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Thanks very much for your positive review of our historic Merchant's House. Best wishes.
Written September 27, 2015
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scotty129
Lincolnshire, England182 contributions
Very interesting
Jun 2015 • Couples
Spent an enjoyable hour or so here, very interesting and informative. Shame it's so tucked away, could easily have missed it. Well worth a visit.
Written June 29, 2015
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Thanks very much for your positive review of our historic Merchant's House. Best wishes.
Written September 27, 2015
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raylikesaj0ke
Burton upon Trent, UK72 contributions
Old town house well worth a visit
May 2015 • Couples
Old town house dating back to the time of Sir Francis Drake. Now turned into a museum with such artefacts as a ducking stool, an old prison cell and a schoolroom from Victorian times.
Written May 29, 2015
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Many thanks for your informative review about the Merchant's House. We hope you enjoyed your visit. Best wishes.
Written June 1, 2015
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AmandaR R
Exeter, UK4 contributions
Interesting but museum inside could be better
Apr 2015 • Family
The outside looks intriguing but the inside museum looks tired and doesn't fulfill that promise. There are some fascinating pieces but the display feels a bit muddled. Rooms include an air raid shelter to simulate the Blitz in Plymouth and a Victorian school room which both appeal well to children. With a bit more TLC and inspiration, it could be better. However, good value overall and worth a visit.
Written April 4, 2015
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Many thanks for your feedback about the Merchant's House. We hope you enjoyed your visit. Best wishes.
Written June 1, 2015
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