Bakewell Old House Museum

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Bakewell Old House Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Art Museums • History Museums
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Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Open weekly Tuesday-Sunday. Within this atmospheric building, explore the stories of its occupants from Tudor time: tax collectors, Arkwright mill workers, and even a night soil man. Nestled within the Tudor rooms, with their massive open fireplaces, wattle and daub screens and beamed ceilings, are displays on the people of Bakewell and the local people of the White and Dark Peak. 2022 Exhibition: Celebrating 70: Gems of the collection. An exhibition celebrating Queen Elizabeth ascending the throne with some of the stars from our costume collection. See our website for further information about your visit.
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Pudsey63
Petersfield, UK4 contributions
Jun 2021
I’m so pleased I got the chance to visit this wonderful museum. The volunteers were friendly, helpful and welcoming, even when my phone turned out to be less than smart. There are so many fascinating objects displayed in an engaging and accessible way, and there is something for everyone. Toys, costumes, wartime ephemera, arts and crafts, domestic and working items, and much more.The building itself has a long and interesting history which is explained throughout.
Do visit if you get the chance.
Written June 8, 2021
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Chrissy
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK119 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
My partner and I visited this lovely little museum and found it very interesting and great value for money. Lovely managers. Covid-19 rules in place. Nice little court yard at the back and public toilet.
Written July 16, 2021
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Jeanne C
Harold Park110 contributions
Jun 2021
If you love history and very old architecture, be sure and visit this place when in Bakewell. Not far from the church. Originally a tax collector's house during the time of Henry VIII, it has been occupied and changed since but many original features have been uncovered and preserved. Very well laid out, presented and signed. The staff were very helpful and friendly.
Written July 20, 2021
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,982 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
This is a rather small museum, close to the All Saints church in Bakewell. It is located in an 15th century house, later rebuild as gentleman´s home to be still later converted in to small 6 cottages, where till 1966 people lived in what must have been very poor conditions. Now completely renovated, some of the original features can still be seen. Inside there is a rather random selections of items on display, from toys to camera´s, clothes, farming tools and back marble inlays. There is a good introductory video about the town of Bakewell throughout the ages, as well as how the house was converted and used.
Written April 18, 2018
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Hello and thank you for your comments. Too true that we do have a large collection of random objects. Over 9,000 in fact. These are mostly from local donors and reflect the history of the town of Bakewell. Over 80 dedicated volunteers care for the the collection and over 2,000 textiles items. A massive job as you can imagine. Your visit will help us care for the building and collection for many years to come. Thank you.
Written August 27, 2018
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Linda O
Chester, UK127 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
This place is a wonderful space. Once you get your breath back from climbing up Church Street, it's a steep hill. After paying just £3.50, you watch a video (very informative), and then go exploring. There is so much treasure here under this roof. There's a forge and saddlers workshop in the yard. A toy room, and the collection of cameras was amazing. I found this on line as I have been in the area with friends, and we were all so glad we went. The best thing in Bakewell.
Written October 11, 2014
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josie-steve
Norwich, UK12 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
We often go to Derbyshire for short breaks and always visit Bakewell, usually on a Monday, which is market day. The Old House Museum is up a steepish hill behind the church and we went there the last time we were on a break. It is very good value with the ticket valid for 12months, so we may well visit it again next time we go. The day we went we had been in the town for quite a long while so by the time we decided to walk up to the museum, we only had a short while left on the car park ticket, so we went back a couple of days later and had a more in depth look at all the exhibits. It is a very interesting museum housed in a very interesting old building. Well worth a visit.
There are a couple of disabled parking bays right by the museum, but that is all. Oh yes, and they didn't mind us taking our well behaved dog in too, which, when you're on holiday, is always a bonus.
Written January 27, 2014
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Josie U
23 contributions
Oct 2019
Recently enjoyed spending time here, an amazing insight into life in past times.
The house is a blend of old Tudorand life in the early 20th century, wonderful displays,and a fascinating show of information about bakewell and the surrounding district, Absolutely loved it and will return.
Written October 9, 2019
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So pleased that you are coming back. Your entrance ticket does last for 1 year from the date of purchase.
Written February 24, 2020
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Mandynumber9
Gainsborough, UK17 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
What a lovely quaint museum set in a lovely old house with lots of stories to tell.
My furry child was allowed in with me and we really enjoyed it
Written August 13, 2018
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Hello. We are dog friendly and yes all dogs are allowed into our museum. So pleased that you enjoyed your visit.
Written August 27, 2018
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JayPee22
Bewdley, UK121 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Visited with my mum. What an amazing collection of history and in such a beautiful old building. We were enthralled by each display , it was just amazing. There is so much there and such detail too. We really enjoyed our visit and all the local history. Would definitely recommend.
Written May 9, 2018
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Thank you so much for your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed our folk museum.
Written May 11, 2018
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JenniferMP2014
Croydon, UK21 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
This is a delightful use of an historic old house. Each room has a different theme and there are lots of interesting artefacts relating to the history of the area. Good for adults and children. The friendly staff were very welcoming. I would happily visit again if the opportunity of returning to Bakewell arose.
Written December 15, 2017
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