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Totnes Elizabethan House Museum
Ranked #8 of 39 things to do in Totnes
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Totnes Elizabethan House Museum is a great way to spend a day out in Totnes, whatever the weather outside! What will you want to see? Our resident ghost? Our Elizabethan Herb garden? Our medieval kitchen? Our collection of medicines from the middle ages? Our spiral staircase made from a ship's mast? Or is it Totnes' illustrious son, Charles Babbage, who invented the first mechanical computer, whatever your interest in history is the Totnes Museum is a fascinating place to spend of few hours of your time.
Oxford, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Save this Museum”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

A very interesting little museum that is in danger of closing due to withdrawal of funding from the local council - how short-sighted of them. A great collection of local long cased clocks and an excellent informative room on Charles Babbage - who without his brilliant brain we might not have the computer chip! The Tudor Merchants house, the museum is housed in, is also worth exploring and it houses the Towns archives with historical documentation including wills, deeds, maps, and the entire local newspaper since 1860. A gem of a place

Visited September 2013
Thank Jean G
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“quite ok”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

visited the house and court. the house is worth a visit. they have some very interesting furniture and information on old remedies

Visited July 2013
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Haslemere, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A small jewel of a museum !”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

We visited this cute museum while on holiday in Devon and are so glad we discovered it.

Set in one of the town's remaining Elizabethan houses it's a fascinating exhibition of Tudor life and the social history of Totnes and it's celebrated former residents all explained in detail through easy to follow FREE audio guide. Each of the 13 rooms reflects a different aspect of Totnes history - from the faithfully recreated Elizabethan kitchen to the brilliantly informative Charles Babbage room (this man really was England's Leonardo Da Vinci) - this small and mighty town musuem is not to be missed.

Visited June 2013
Thank Skeets21551
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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
423 reviews
245 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
“Fascinating museum”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

My sister and I spent a long time looking around this museum, full of domestic touches, like the kitchen, living room etc which brings the past into clearer focus. The Babbage room was interesting too. Lots of period touches retained, oak beams, original staircases etc. Lovely place, very interesting. It used to be a merchant's house, apparently. Takes you back into history and how better-off people lived their lives.

Visited May 2013
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New York
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143 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Devon Explorer”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

Excellent, well worth a visit, we spent over two hours looking around, such alot to see and experience. The free audio guide was very good over 13 rooms from living quarters to the kitchen and lots of interesting information about how life was then lived and how lucky we are to have all our mod cons compared to how a wealthy family had to struggle to heat, live and eat in Tudor times.
Also very good information on a man called Babbage (Victorian) whose interest in Mathematics led the way to our computer age.

Visited April 2013
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