Bakewell Old House Museum
Bakewell Old House Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistorical & Heritage ToursArt MuseumsHistory Museums
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Open 11am to 4pm Monday-Sunday from 25 March to 5 November. Within this atmospheric building, explore the stories of its occupants from Tudor time: tax collectors, Arkwright mill workers, and even a night soil man. Nestled within the Tudor rooms, with their massive open fireplaces, wattle and daub screens and beamed ceilings, are displays on the people of Bakewell and the local people of the White and Dark Peak. 2024 Exhibition: Treasured Quilts: warmth and wealth. Come and view some of the museum's collection of remarkable Patchwork Quilts and Coverlets. The quilts and coverlets are all made from offcuts and scraps of precious fabrics and old clothing; symbolic of kinship, resourcefulness, skill and craftmanship. Every Thursday at 1:30 we provide guided tours of the town. See our website for further information and booking details.
Bakewell, England

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Travellers' Choice
2023

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Shirley-7
England262 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We found this museum whilst exploring Bakewell and so glad we did. It's out of the main part of the village and up a steep hill ( past the Church ) but you can drive up.
Entry was £6.50 and ticket lasts for a whole year. We were greeted by a friendly lady and gentleman who told us a brief but interesting history of the house followed by an 8 minute video.
The house really is a Tardis !! so many rooms ( with very still occupants !! ) as the house was added to through the ages. Each room was packed with interesting items from different times and the whole house is preserved well.
Toilet if required out the back in little courtyard.
We only had an hour but could have spent far longer so hope to go back next year and see another room that is being taken back to original time.
We have seen many museums but this is definitely up there as one of if not the best. Well done for your care and enthusiasm.
Written 22 October 2023
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DNP6
East Riding of Yorkshire, UK166 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is a brilliant museum, which you must visit. We were greeted by a lovely, welcoming lady and given an introduction to the museum and it's history. Then we were free to explore and read the interesting information. The way the house has been maintained is exceptional and some of the rooms are set out how the people of the time would have lived.
We have visited many museums, in many towns and cities over the years, and this one truly was far better than most of them. A very enjoyable hour.
Written 7 October 2023
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nannyogg8
Turunc, Türkiye64 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Went for an afternoon in Bakewell as we were staying at Alfreton.
Pretty place but completely tourist overload.
Around 3.30 the place starts shutting down, the cafes were ceasing taking new customers and the shops were getting in their goods in. The attitude of the vendors was lethargic to say the least, I think they have got complacent because the place is so popular. Found a pub that still had its kitchen open and contemplated getting a meal there but once I was served with drinks the staff were too busy chatting amongst themselves to get any sort of reaction from them so we drank up and left.
We did manage to purchase a Bakewell pudding but again the staff were uninterested in welcoming the customer. All in all , very disappointed.
Written 8 September 2023
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Deborah J
Neston, UK210 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
We were very glad we found the time to visit during our holiday in Bakewell. Greeted by friendly ladies who gave us a bit of background about the museum. We found it fascinating and enjoyed wandering around looking at all the things on display and the building itself. Soo glad it wasn't demolished as suggested. Surprised it was lived in so recently too.
Written 15 August 2023
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Suffolk_Puds
Lowestoft95 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Interesting house that highlights the history of the building and the surrounding area. The volunteer was very helpful and enthusiastic and the museum was packed with artefacts.
Written 10 July 2023
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Vikinglongboat
Derby, UK142 contributions
Jun 2023
Really friendly volunteers, parking space for about 2 or 3 cars (blue badge only) next to museum entrance. One toilet on site. Lots of things to look at in a small house over 2 floors. £6.50 entrance fee which allows free entry for a year. Thoroughly recommended.
Written 23 June 2023
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smemitch
Fairfax, VA27 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Much more than an old house museum! The museum and its many well documented artifacts covered the history of this lovely city as well as the history of this house and its inhabitants. The docent was extremely helpful and we examined every bit of the exhibits. Definitely worth a visit!
Written 19 May 2023
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Elbee95x
Liverpool, UK8 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
A nice little museum providing history on both the building itself and the local area. It provided us with a focus for the few hours we spent in Bakewell. We won't be able to come back, however the ticket provides free entrance for a year and we were able to gift aid our ticket too, which provides more funding for the projects they do.
Written 27 March 2023
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Gill S
Northampton, UK2 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Interesting little place. We were asked if we wanted to Gift Aid our entrance fee & we said we couldn't. The lady's reply was "You don't have to earn much to pay IncomeTax" which was a bit patronising, to say the least! Spoilt an otherwise enjoyable hour or so.
Written 12 October 2022
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Deena I
Leicestershire, UK79 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Hugely enthusiastic volunteer who was a fount of knowledge. What an amazing collection is housed here, items from Bakewell over centuries. Real insight into how people lived and worked from Tudor times to living memory. Well worth the £6 entry. Lots of rats ans poo to entertain youngsters!
Written 6 October 2022
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Thank you for your review! Our volunteers are so keen to show off their museum to visitors! I hope you didn’t inhale too deeply in the Tudor Gardrobe…
Written 7 October 2022
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