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Ilfracombe Museum

Wilder Road | Runnymede Gardens, Ilfracombe EX34 8AF, England
+44 1271 863541
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Quirky collection of fun

There is a lot more to this museum than we'd expected with its huge collection of beetles, bugs... read more

Reviewed yesterday
lewisreviews
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London, United Kingdom
Interesting Small Museum

Well worth a visit. A lovely and interesting museum covering the history of Ilfracombe together... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Karen H
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Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
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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
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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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“wedding cake” (17 reviews)
“local history” (26 reviews)
“morse code” (13 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Wilder Road | Runnymede Gardens, Ilfracombe EX34 8AF, England
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+44 1271 863541
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"run by volunteers"
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Reviewed yesterday

There is a lot more to this museum than we'd expected with its huge collection of beetles, bugs, butterflies, as well as fossils, antiquities, and old Morse code machine, brass rubbing and a whole load more, the kids were wandering around exploring for a good...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. A lovely and interesting museum covering the history of Ilfracombe together with a smaller exhibition on those who lost their lives during the world war. Amazing exhibits from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Also fascinating moths, butterflies, insects, fossils etc....More

Thank Karen H
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is the sort of museum we like. Local stuff mixed with the personal collections of a world-wide explorer. There were also other exhibits that we found interesting including old computers of a type that we’d used ourselves 40 years ago. The staff were friendly...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On our first visit to Ilfracombe we discovered this charming little gem of a place to while away a couple of hours. The museum is small, but packed to the rafters with all sorts of interesting curiosities from a bygone era and various natural history...More

Thank Richard B
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Ilfracombe M, Administrator at Ilfracombe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your positive comment about our Museum. regards Josie Jones Administrator

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Despite many years of visiting Ilfracombe this is the first time our family made it to the museum. We shall certainly not miss it in future. Great welcome and something for everyone - it takes a lot lot to satisfy two sixteen year olds when...More

Thank GeoffJuly
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Ilfracombe M, Manager at Ilfracombe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for your positive review - we're so pleased our museum appealed to you whole family! We pride ourselves on being friendly and on our wonderfully varied collections, and we're glad that you feel the same!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful, quirky museum. Full of lots of interesting items of all types. Great place to take the kids, they will love it.

Thank John H
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Ilfracombe M, Administrator at Ilfracombe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your kind feedback

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Complete spur of the moment decision to pay a visit to the museum but very glad we did! We all enjoyed seeing the WW1 and Victorian era displays, to name just 2 of the excellent exhibits, and the lady on the front desk was friendly,...More

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Ilfracombe M, Administrator at Ilfracombe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your kind feedback.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful visit with the kids. Very helpful volunteer guide who was so helpful and informative. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting the area.

Thank Spencer W
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Ilfracombe M, Administrator at Ilfracombe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Many thanks for your kind comments, so glad you enjoyed it. regards Josie Jones

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Lots to see and quizzes for all ages of children. Good way to spend an hour or so.

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Ilfracombe M, Administrator at Ilfracombe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind comments.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Despite the Manager's claim in recent posts that "we pride ourselves on being friendly and we love to see visitors enjoying our varied and quirky collections" I found completely the opposite. We arrived @ 16:25 on a Saturday afternoon (in July!) to find the place...More

Thank LeHig
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Ilfracombe M, Manager at Ilfracombe Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I am shocked and surprised that you feel Ilfracombe museum's staff treated you in this way, and it certainly is totally out of character for them to behave that way, the gentleman you ( rudely ) refer to has been commended many times on his...More

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