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Totnes Elizabethan House Museum

70 Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5RU, England
+44 1803 863821
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Babbage, and Elizabethan history

Have to admit we only went into the museum because of the sign saying they had a room about Babbage... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
arborfieldman
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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Little Gem

We came across this lovely museum by chance. What a gem of a museum located in Totnes. The staff... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
roseharptree
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Cyprus
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Totnes Museum is now open for 2018. This year we have three new exhibitions. We look forward to welcoming you to the Museum. 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.
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  • Average1%
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“herb garden” (12 reviews)
“the kitchen” (6 reviews)
“local man” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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70 Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5RU, England
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+44 1803 863821
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have to admit we only went into the museum because of the sign saying they had a room about Babbage the computer pioneer, but very glad we did as the rest of the museum was an interesting collection of things about Totnes’ history especially from...More

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Kate T, Museums Custodian at Totnes Elizabethan House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback, our Babbage room is indeed a very interesting room relating to all things computer, with the Raspberry Pi being of great interest. The herb garden is a delight and is looked after by one of our Volunteers, I will pass...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came across this lovely museum by chance. What a gem of a museum located in Totnes. The staff was really knowledgeable about the history of the house and its content and very friendly. My niece, who is four, loved looking for the little mice....More

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Kate T, Museums Custodian at Totnes Elizabethan House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Rose, thank you so much for your feedback - we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit and that your niece enjoyed finding all the mice hidden in various rooms - the staff are all Volunteers and enjoy nothing more than helping visitors and...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is free , you can donate to the upkeep of it. Some history relating to war, and support provided from Devon area,the ladies involvement.

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Kate T, Museums Custodian at Totnes Elizabethan House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review our Museum - yes it is free to enter, but as you said we do appreciate donations. The exhibition is about the work done by the Nurses in the first world war.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely little town museum, on the Main Street. It is free but donations welcome. The house has little exhibitions and is set out as the house would have been at the time. Young children will enjoy it as quite small and a fairly quick walk...More

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Kate T, Museums Custodian at Totnes Elizabethan House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Lori, thank you so much for your feedback - we are please you all enjoyed your visit - we try to encourage children into our Museum with the Victorian Nursery being set up with colouring, dressing up clothes and toys. We are, as you...More

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Reviewed 24 May 2018

Very well presented museum of the history of Totnes, from the Elizabethan's to Now. Friendly staff and well knowledgeable, about the subject. You could ask them anything about it and they knew a lot. I enjoyed finding about the history of Totnes. Free to get...More

Thank Rachel C
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Kate T, Custodian at Totnes Elizabethan House Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2018

Hello Rachel, Thank you so much for your feedback this is very important to us, and I am pleased that you found the staff helpful as they are all Volunteers. We are pleased you enjoyed your visit. Regards, Kate (Tyler)

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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

From the outside I expected to be similar to the guildhall however this had much much more to see and learn. Set over a number of floors and rooms in a picturesque Elizabethan house you are transported back in time to learn about the town...More

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Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

Free entry , donations welcome, this is a great example of how a small museum should be set up. Knowledgeable staff on hand to assist and advise. A must see whilst in Totnes. Don't forget the small garden at the rear.

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

Having never visited Totnes before, I was wandering up the main street and found this delightful museum. Free entry and a wealth of fascinating stuff to see. The stairs are a little tricky for anyone with mobility issues but well worth going up to the...More

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Almost a time warp with things from centuries ago through to articles that I remember from my childhood and over four rambling levels. Surprisingly a monument to Charles Babbage of computer fame and plenty for kids to do as well. The staff are extremely enthusiastic,...More

Thank Mic L
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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

How much do you like history? This museum has it in spades! A fascinating glimpse into the past of a surprisingly important area. Free entry with donation. We found it excellemt and well laid out.

Thank Robert H
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amber9514
11 July 2018|
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Response from Kate T | Property representative |
Sorry to say, we do not allow dogs into our Museum, but we find that most Pet owners are happy to sit in our Herb Garden at the rear of the Museum, and take it in turn to look around. I hope we can welcome to you to the... More
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