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“A Little Gold-Mine.”
Review of Ilfracombe Museum

Ilfracombe Museum
Ranked #5 of 38 things to do in Ilfracombe
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A local independently-run museum with an eclectic flavour, Ilfracombe museum has eight rooms filled with treasures. We have natural history specimens from around the world and plenty to see about Ilfracombe's past. Come and experience a museum that is unique and family-friendly. Children can explore our insect, bat and spider specimens, have a go at a dinosaur quiz, or send Morse code messages. Try your hand at brass rubbing, or browse our great value gift shop. We also have extensive photographic and family history resources for Ilfracombe. Our museum is a perfect all-weather attraction and can be easily accessed by wheelchair. Pay parking in car park outside the museum. Children under 16 FREE, £5 for adults, £4.00 concessions. Annual season ticket £7.50
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Feltham, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“A Little Gold-Mine.”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

I was so absorbed in the contents of this wonderful museum that I didn't realize the time had elapsed on my parking ticket.
Luckily, I popped out and put another hour on my parking so I could browse some more. (The admission price, £3, lasts all day; so you can come and go).
The 5 or 6 'rooms' each had a theme. Ilfracombe's war-time in one, maritime history in another, how the town has grown and changed in another etc.
The natural history section had dozens of drawers full of bugs from all over the world, enough to keep young and old alike fascinated for hours.
Quite small, but not cramped, it's a real gold mine.

Visited July 2013
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Ilfracombe, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“well worth the money”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

A very interesting building with a myriad of things to see and do.
From drawers full of things to brass rubbings to stuffed animals and local history.
To do it justice you need at least 2hours if not more.
Well worth the entrance fee

Visited April 2013
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Researching family history”
Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

We own Hele Corn Mill and wanted to research more leads on its history also who owned our house way back, when it was built. The census is a good place to start and if you give the museum a bit of notice their help is invaluable. If you become a friend of the museum you can return again and again. A wonderful resource.

Visited April 2013
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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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199 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Another trip back in time”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

The Ilfracombe Museum is tucked away at the rear of a car park on the promenade and is well worth a visit. Don't let the exterior put you off because the interior is an Aladdin's Cave
Cave" of interesting things to see. The staff are very nice people who will be only too pleased to answer any questions you may have about the wonderful things inside. Well worth the entrance fee. A lovely way to spend an hour whatever the weather.

Visited June 2013
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Southern England
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72 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Fascinating place”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

Wander through the museum and enjoy a range of curiosities and memorabilia. Natural History, Maritime History with a collection of model ships and even a radio station. Watch a DVD about interesting places in North Devon. There's something for everyone here.

Visited June 2013
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