Bakewell Old House Museum
Bakewell Old House Museum
4.5
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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 11am to 4pm Monday-Sunday from 25 March to 5 November. 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. 2024 Exhibition: Treasured Quilts: warmth and wealth. Come and view some of the museum's collection of remarkable Patchwork Quilts and Coverlets. The quilts and coverlets are all made from offcuts and scraps of precious fabrics and old clothing; symbolic of kinship, resourcefulness, skill and craftmanship. Every Thursday at 1:30 we provide guided tours of the town.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Vikinglongboat
    Derby, United Kingdom148 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful relaxing visit.
    Really friendly volunteers, parking space for about 2 or 3 cars (blue badge only) next to museum entrance. One toilet on site. Lots of things to look at in a small house over 2 floors. £6.50 entrance fee which allows free entry for a year. Thoroughly recommended.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Deborah J
    Neston, United Kingdom204 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended!
    We were very glad we found the time to visit during our holiday in Bakewell. Greeted by friendly ladies who gave us a bit of background about the museum. We found it fascinating and enjoyed wandering around looking at all the things on display and the building itself. Soo glad it wasn't demolished as suggested. Surprised it was lived in so recently too.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 15, 2023
  • DNP6
    East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant Museum
    This is a brilliant museum, which you must visit. We were greeted by a lovely, welcoming lady and given an introduction to the museum and it's history. Then we were free to explore and read the interesting information. The way the house has been maintained is exceptional and some of the rooms are set out how the people of the time would have lived. We have visited many museums, in many towns and cities over the years, and this one truly was far better than most of them. A very enjoyable hour.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 7, 2023
  • Mel G
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely wonderful museum
    Absolutely wonderful museum Well worth a visit when in Bakewell on market day. After lunch of fish n chips we followed the brown signs to the museum. Beware of a steep climb up - but then back through the church to check it out and downhill for a cuppa.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 22, 2024
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Gill S
Northampton, UK2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Interesting little place. We were asked if we wanted to Gift Aid our entrance fee & we said we couldn't. The lady's reply was "You don't have to earn much to pay IncomeTax" which was a bit patronising, to say the least! Spoilt an otherwise enjoyable hour or so.
Written October 12, 2022
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Deborah J
Neston, UK204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
We were very glad we found the time to visit during our holiday in Bakewell. Greeted by friendly ladies who gave us a bit of background about the museum. We found it fascinating and enjoyed wandering around looking at all the things on display and the building itself. Soo glad it wasn't demolished as suggested. Surprised it was lived in so recently too.
Written August 15, 2023
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smemitch
Fairfax, VA32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Much more than an old house museum! The museum and its many well documented artifacts covered the history of this lovely city as well as the history of this house and its inhabitants. The docent was extremely helpful and we examined every bit of the exhibits. Definitely worth a visit!
Written May 19, 2023
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Vikinglongboat
Derby, UK148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Really friendly volunteers, parking space for about 2 or 3 cars (blue badge only) next to museum entrance. One toilet on site. Lots of things to look at in a small house over 2 floors. £6.50 entrance fee which allows free entry for a year. Thoroughly recommended.
Written June 23, 2023
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hermy s
Birmingham, UK93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The museum provided a greta insight into the history and culture of Bakewell. The exhibitions were extensive and full of information. The children had an activity trail which kept them exploring the different rooms. Lots of fun and interesting facts. Staff were friendly and we were given an introductory talk before we started our tour around the house.
Written June 5, 2022
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Chrissy
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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nannyogg8
Turunc, Türkiye73 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Went for an afternoon in Bakewell as we were staying at Alfreton.
Pretty place but completely tourist overload.
Around 3.30 the place starts shutting down, the cafes were ceasing taking new customers and the shops were getting in their goods in. The attitude of the vendors was lethargic to say the least, I think they have got complacent because the place is so popular. Found a pub that still had its kitchen open and contemplated getting a meal there but once I was served with drinks the staff were too busy chatting amongst themselves to get any sort of reaction from them so we drank up and left.
We did manage to purchase a Bakewell pudding but again the staff were uninterested in welcoming the customer. All in all , very disappointed.
Written September 8, 2023
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Jeanne C
Harold Park108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Elbee95x
Liverpool, UK8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
A nice little museum providing history on both the building itself and the local area. It provided us with a focus for the few hours we spent in Bakewell. We won't be able to come back, however the ticket provides free entrance for a year and we were able to gift aid our ticket too, which provides more funding for the projects they do.
Written March 27, 2023
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LGTJ
Colchester, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Made very welcome by the staff who were a wealth of information on the House and Museum. The museum is not to be missed. Full of gems and exhibits that give a comprehensive history of the House, Bakewell and its inhabitants. Well done to all concerned.
Written May 21, 2022
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