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Barnstaple Heritage Centre

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Address: The Strand, Barnstaple EX31 1EU, England
Phone Number:
+44 1271 373003
09:30 - 16:30
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Tue - Fri 09:30 - 16:30
Sat 10:00 - 15:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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as part of a weekend break

interesting and varied exhibits, gives a taste of times past, helpful staff well worth a visit for families

Reviewed 20 February 2016
Newport, United Kingdom
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Ottawa, Canada
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331 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2016

what a pity that this lovely spot has closed it is right in the middle of the town and was a wonderful little find with a gift shop and wonderful tours.......what a silly thing to do......with the tourist season coming up what are they thinking

Thank carol w
Newport, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2016

interesting and varied exhibits, gives a taste of times past, helpful staff well worth a visit for families

Thank saintwoolos
Solihull, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2015

I was amazed to learn that Barnstable dates back to 900 AD. This museum is very small but as you enter each room there is a button on the wall which activates a spoken explanation for each historic period. It is very informative and you are greeted by a very pleasant lady who informed us of the buttons on the... More 

Thank Maureen C
Freckleton, United Kingdom
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262 reviews
140 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2015

As we entered people came out of the exhibition complaining that there was little to see and it wasn't worth the money, consequently we did not go into the exhibition. (we'd just visited the museum which is free!) Outside the heritage centre is sunken area which includes a mosaic history of Barnstaple and is well worth a look (and its... More 

Thank Derek H
York, United Kingdom
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307 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2015

This is not a museum that will suit everyone as the displays are a little dated, but M and I enjoyed our visit. Each room is set up for a specific period, e.g. civil war, with mannequins, furniture, and backdrops appropriate to the theme. You press a button on entering the room which activates a narration - mostly based on... More 

1 Thank EH-in-York
Bristol, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2015

Exhibition is ok but a bit amateurish. Expensive considering what is there. The people on the desk seemed to have no knowledge of their town's history, and I was directed to go to the near by museum if I wanted to know anything. Bizarre. Shop stock was ok, but nothing you can't find everywhere else. Lots of room though.

Thank carrie534
United Kingdom
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270 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 785 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2015

This place is now sell sell sell no local history/knowledge just money, money, money [they cannot make money out of general Barnstaple knowledge] Mr Essery worked hard for these people ten fold for them and he was kicked about like a piece of meat. All because he was friendly to see someone he had not seen for a long time... More 

1 Thank Gimmick4Life
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 August 2015

Very small but interesting and informative trip through Barnstaple's history. Nice to see a museum or centre aimed at children that actually has all the stuff working when you visit! Nice little quiz for the kids that got them thinking and concentrating. Staff were very friendly and helpful. And as someone else has said, the family ticket (at 50% off)... More 

Thank Andrew C
Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 August 2015

This place is now sell sell sell no local history/knowledge just money, money, money my m8 worked hard for these people and he was kicked like a piece f meat all because he was friendly to see someone he had not seen for a long time all he did was hold the man's head to greet him, the idiot [not... More 

1 Thank Michael K
London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2015

Interesting displays about Barnstable through the ages - but much of it aimed at children. Could develop the information in different ways so that it held more interest for a more diverse audience.

1 Thank terryconway

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