Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol

Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol, Looe: Hours, Address, Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol Reviews: 4.5/5

Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol

Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
About
The Museum is now open with a timed slot system - see our website or use the link to book in https://old-guildhall-museum-and-gaol.arttickets.org.uk/. Come and see our new AR Island model and Immersive Smuggling display which will entertain all the family. 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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Gail
Kent, UK8 contributions
Great bit of history
Sep 2021 • Couples
I loved this place. It’s a hidden gem and I suspect often forgotten about by tourists.

The staff are volunteers but do a fantastic job. Please support this place by paying a visit. £2 for an adult is a total bargain.

Karin was the volunteer on at the time of my visit. She was wonderful and informative and is clearly passionate about the area.

Inside are lots of historic items to see and read about. Definitely work some time here.
Written 7 September 2021
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Midlandsman56
Mansfield, UK473 contributions
VERY FRIENDLY
Oct 2019
Walked past this place for years and on Sunday 20th October, I went in, the lady gave me a guided tour round the museum which was really interesting, when we are down again next year, I will bring my wife and son who has autism in.
Written 22 October 2019
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Thank you for leaving the feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you and your family again next year.
Written 23 October 2019
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Belvedere007
Weston super Mare, UK164 contributions
Tiny but filled with many treasures
Sep 2019
We love a museum and this one didn't disappoint. It is crammed full of artefacts relating to the town of Looe, its characters, heroes and villains. It is well worth an hour or so of anyone's time to explore this tiny tardis of a building - the old gaol, complete with ghost! The volunteers were friendly and knowledgeable and added much to our experience. Please don't pass this lovely little museum by, drop in - you never know what you will learn.
Written 11 October 2019
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Love the title of your review, its so true! Thank you for leaving us some feedback. We hope that you will visit again if you are in Looe in the future.
Written 14 October 2019
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Paul Yardley
Redditch, UK1 contribution
pengelly genealogy
Oct 2019
Visited last week to research my Pengelly family history. Made very welcome by the staff and was helped with my search. I was surprised my the amount of information available, photos, historical articles, local memories, videos and books. Will definitely visit again when we visit Looe again.
Written 6 October 2019
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This is one thing that I love about our museum, we can help with tracing family history. We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit.
Written 14 October 2019
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LSDEVON
Newton Abbot, UK65 contributions
WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE AND STEEPED IN HISTORY
Sep 2019 • Solo
Everytime I've stayed in Looe over the years or visited for a, day out I've always said I must visit the old guildhall and jail. I've never been until now. What s fabulous place and the staff are a credit to the place. Every inch of this piece of history has something to suit all ages and all interests. I will Def visit here again on my next visit to Looe as each ticket gives you around 4 to 6 weeks free entry again. I can't think of anywhere you can find out so much interesting history for the price of a cup of coffee. GO ON GIVE IT A TRY!!!!
Written 26 September 2019
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Thank you for visiting; we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written 2 October 2019
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kay
1 contribution
Amazing
Aug 2019
loads of interesting historical items to see my family enjoyed the day out with a view to come back and see other things in Looe
Written 12 September 2019
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Mobile24333451998
3 contributions
Full of History
Sep 2019 • Family
Amazing building and totally dog friendly and welcoming. What a really enjoyable and interesting visit. Gosh only £2.00!!!!
Written 3 September 2019
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Great to hear you enjoyed your visit!
Written 13 September 2019
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kswin7
Guisborough, UK48 contributions
So much information in an amazing building!
Jul 2019
Visited whilst on holiday in Looe. Had been previously but had not had enough time to look around everything. The museum is full of different artefacts to look at and lots of amazing history about Looe. We particularly enjoyed watching the videos of Looe from the past and also looking at the war related newspapers. The staff were very pasionate about Looe and very welcoming. We will definately visit again we are bound to have missed some things during our visit.
Written 6 August 2019
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So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to our museum. There is so much to see in the museum; my current favourite is the display on HMS Looe! I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday and we look forward to welcoming you again next time.
Written 8 August 2019
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Marianne P
London, United Kingdom34 contributions
You can spend days in here!
May 2019 • Couples
Exeptional archives of bygone days. Loads of historical items on display - Looe is seeped in mystery and history, highly recommend visiting the museum to explore its hidden stories.
Written 22 July 2019
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Thank you for the feedback Marianne! Glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written 29 July 2019
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decor1
worcestershire32 contributions
Very good
Apr 2019 • Family
A very interesting museum with plenty to see. Used to be a jail and court house with 2 cells and a ghost
Written 28 April 2019
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Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol is open:
  • Mon - Mon 11:00 - 16:00
  • Tue - Tue 11:00 - 13:30
  • Wed - Thu 11:00 - 16:00
  • Fri - Sun 11:00 - 13:30


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