Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol
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Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol

Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol
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Temp closed The Museum is now closed until Spring 2024. We look forward to seeing you in 2024 when can see our new displays. The 15th Century listed Ancient Museum has a fascinating display of Looe’s history, including Looe Governance, boat building and smuggling. The building itself is a marvellous exhibit as it retains many of its 550 years old original features with ancient cells (with prisoners) and the very old, raised magistrates bench complete with the Royal Coat of Arms. As you walk into the upper floor, you are entering the room which, from 1587 to 1878, was the East Looe Town Hall & Magistrates Court. Beneath the magnificent timber-framed roof, laws were made and enforced and the town was administered by the Mayor and Corporation, known as Burgesses.
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  • Emma L
    9 contributions
    A great museum
    This is a great little museum which is run by very friendly and warm volunteers. There was lots of occupy or two daughters (aged 11 and 3) on this wet day in Looe. The particularly enjoyed the dress up area and we all enjoyed the murder mystery downstairs! This is dog friendly too which is definitely a bonus!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 April 2023
  • GrandTour06121384288
    6 contributions
    Worth a visit
    Worth the visit. Very interesting and lots of information. Shame the interactive voices wernt working for the lady accused of theft and murder but luckily able to read what everyone had to say and decide on her guilt or innocence. Lots of different artefacts to look at. Interesting court cases upstairs, Tories need to look at how the punishments were given back in them days (haha). Nice little dress up area for children. Lovely volunteers working at the museum.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Nel
    London, United Kingdom153 contributions
    Great value and so informative!
    What a fabulous museum. Only £3 entry per person and so much information in an incredibly characterful old building with so much history! The ladies working/volunteering were lovely and full of information too. So glad we stumbled across this museum, I highly recommend giving it an hour of your day. Top tip: buy the guidebook, it’s only £1!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 July 2023
  • JMCSTL
    Saint Louis, Missouri6,000 contributions
    For £3 Each (Children Free), Why NOT Visit?
    Worth the adult entry fee just to engage with the friendly & knowledgeable staff on the history of the 15th Century listed building and its display contents. There are interesting artifacts & descriptive signs & the odd surprise at every turn & glance, with two floors to explore. Whether you are from the area or just visiting, this is a museum that deserves a look & a linger.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Tim N
    8 contributions
    Brilliant insight into local history
    With an entry fee of around 10% of that of other Cornish attractions this couldn’t possibly be any good, could it? Well it's better than just "any good", it's absolutely superb. The history of Looe is in many ways the history of England, and this wonderfully jumbled collection of artefacts, treasures and curiosities relates that history wonderfully through the lens of the lives and experiences of the people of this small seaside town. From the earliest times before time, right through to the present day this fascinating museum has it all. Even the building itself, a Tudor guildhall is beautifully presented, and seeing it is well worth the entrance fee on its own. I rather suspect that the secret of the Museum's success is that it's run by volunteers, people who love and live in the town. Looe itself, with it's multitude of pasty shops and winding alleys is an attraction in itself, although arguably less appealing than neighbouring Polperro. However, the jewel in the crown is this excellent- and inexpensive - little gem. Don't miss it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 September 2023
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Tim N
8 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
With an entry fee of around 10% of that of other Cornish attractions this couldn’t possibly be any good, could it?

Well it's better than just "any good", it's absolutely superb.

The history of Looe is in many ways the history of England, and this wonderfully jumbled collection of artefacts, treasures and curiosities relates that history wonderfully through the lens of the lives and experiences of the people of this small seaside town.

From the earliest times before time, right through to the present day this fascinating museum has it all. Even the building itself, a Tudor guildhall is beautifully presented, and seeing it is well worth the entrance fee on its own.

I rather suspect that the secret of the Museum's success is that it's run by volunteers, people who love and live in the town.

Looe itself, with it's multitude of pasty shops and winding alleys is an attraction in itself, although arguably less appealing than neighbouring Polperro. However, the jewel in the crown is this excellent- and inexpensive - little gem.

Don't miss it.
Written 20 September 2023
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YorkshireCelt
York, UK107 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
A fascinating collection in a beautiful historic building. This museum really brings the Looe of days-gone-by to life and I wish we hadn’t been so pressed for time that day - we had about half an hour in there but I could easily have spent longer as there is so much to see.
Written 19 September 2023
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JMCSTL
Saint Louis, MO6,000 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Worth the adult entry fee just to engage with the friendly & knowledgeable staff on the history of the 15th Century listed building and its display contents. There are interesting artifacts & descriptive signs & the odd surprise at every turn & glance, with two floors to explore. Whether you are from the area or just visiting, this is a museum that deserves a look & a linger.
Written 11 August 2023
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Mrsm35
Bridgend, UK6 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Wonderful! The staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. It was a lovely hour learning about some of Looes history.
Written 19 July 2023
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Nel
London, UK153 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
What a fabulous museum. Only £3 entry per person and so much information in an incredibly characterful old building with so much history! The ladies working/volunteering were lovely and full of information too. So glad we stumbled across this museum, I highly recommend giving it an hour of your day. Top tip: buy the guidebook, it’s only £1!
Written 15 July 2023
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malc1005
Kettering, UK4,723 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
This is a lovely building, which is down a side street. Lovely history and architecture. Well worth a visit.
Written 5 July 2023
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GrandTour06121384288
6 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Worth the visit. Very interesting and lots of information. Shame the interactive voices wernt working for the lady accused of theft and murder but luckily able to read what everyone had to say and decide on her guilt or innocence. Lots of different artefacts to look at. Interesting court cases upstairs, Tories need to look at how the punishments were given back in them days (haha). Nice little dress up area for children. Lovely volunteers working at the museum.
Written 21 June 2023
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Keriann
Exeter, UK9 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
The museum is very small and was very busy, making it hard to move and look around, there was a lot of families in there as there was some sort of quiz for older kids which just added to the chaos, we couldn't really stop and read anything or look at anything upstairs as it was just too cramed. However the downstairs part was quiet and we were able to take it all in, the old cells were interesting and there was an informative video too. I would like to go back at some point maybe not during the school holidays though so we could take our time and actually look around.
Written 8 April 2023
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Emma L
9 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
This is a great little museum which is run by very friendly and warm volunteers. There was lots of occupy or two daughters (aged 11 and 3) on this wet day in Looe. The particularly enjoyed the dress up area and we all enjoyed the murder mystery downstairs!
This is dog friendly too which is definitely a bonus!
Written 5 April 2023
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Val L
Cannock, UK291 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Great place - visited here to find out about the history of Looe - manned by enthusiastic volunteers it was a great place to while a way an hour and find out about the history. Lots of things to look at and read about.
Written 27 October 2022
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OLD GUILDHALL MUSEUM & GAOL: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 - 13:30
  • Mon - Mon 11:00 - 16:00
  • Tue - Tue 11:00 - 13:30
  • Wed - Thu 11:00 - 16:00
  • Fri - Fri 11:00 - 13:30


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