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“Good time killer!”

Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol
Ranked #5 of 21 things to do in Looe
Certificate of Excellence
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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good time killer!”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

Fascinating insight into punishments in those times and lots of visual aids to hold your interest. It is very small but well worth £1.80 of anyones money, especially if it's a bit cold and wet outside!

Visited April 2013
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Wiltshire
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Museums as they were.”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

A huge mine of information, and extremely interesting if you have the time to look and learn. Worth visiting more than once as you will see different things each time.

Visited May 2012
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

At £1.80 entry fee it's cheaper than a pot of tea! If you have any interest in cornwalls rich heritage it's definitely worth a visit. It is small, but it's the fact that this very building is actually part of the history the museum is describing that adds to it's charm. You wouldn't believe the amount of information that can be crammed in. Smugglers, Lifeboats, WW2, Victorians, fossils, cannon balls, and a couple of cells, all under one roof. We spent an hour there on a rainy afternoon, and certainly got our money's worth.

Visited October 2012
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Devizes, United Kingdom
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340 reviews
198 attraction reviews
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“Quirky little museum in the heart of the town”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

This stone-built building in the centre of Looe has at various times been the local gaol, the Magistrates Court and the town's Guildhall; now, it is the Town Museum and a good one it is as well. The entrance is guarded by a cannon and once inside, you realise what a treasure-trove of objects and exhibits are on show. You enter up a flight of exterior steps directly into what used to be the offices of the East Looe Town Hall and the Magistrates Court, this being on the upper floor.

There are also displays of all manner of domestic tools although the museum does concentrate, rather unsurprisingly, on the three occupations most closely associated with the town, namely boat-building, smuggling and fishing.

On the lower floor are displays of minerals, ancient finds and a few bones of ancient mastodons. The old cells are still in evidence and generally, throughout the museum, if you stroll around for a second time,you will inevitably "see" objects that you missed first time around.

A great little museum, well worth a visit, especially on a cold or wet day. I had left my camera behind when we visited, so I returned later on in the day to take the photographs when the museum was closed

Visited June 2012
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ENGLAND
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3 reviews
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

a good way to spend a wet afternoon, Helpful and knowledgable staff. Lovely chatty lady volunteer told us a lot of interesting facts.
The children enjoyed this as much as us.

Visited August 2012
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