Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre

Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre

Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre
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Lance H
Budapest, Hungary29 contributions
Sep 2022
This charming museum, set in an attractive, thatched Regency house, is well worth a visit not only for its insight into local history but also for its temporary exhibitions. The Fairlynch Museum is staffed by volunteers who could not be more helpful and informative and engaging in conversation with them adds to the pleasure of any visit.

In addition to the exhibition rooms, the Museum has a small gift shop with a wide range of products on sale to include an interesting selection of topical second hand books.
Written 21 September 2022
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quatermass2020
Exeter, UK66 contributions
Aug 2022
This small museum is a real treat. There are fascinating exhibitions on many subjects and the staff are all very friendly and helpful.
Written 29 August 2022
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Pathfinder563477
2 contributions
May 2022
Visited this museum today with my Dad. It was worth going in just to hear the beautiful sound of the polyphon - I have never heard an instrument like that before, they have restored a Polyphon to it's former glory. There is a mixture of interesting exhibits. Lots of info on and pictures of some famous historical figures e.g. Sir Walter Raleigh, Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots. A Colourful post war clothing display. An Exhibit on old Budleigh Salterton railway station including historic photos and items saved from the station. An atmospheric basement exhibit on smuggling. Beautiful finely crafted dolls. Lace making display. You could spend a few hours depending how much of the info you want to read on the displays. Only £2.50 per adult to go in. Take a 50p piece to put in the polyphon, it's worth it. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable.
Written 21 May 2022
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Suzannah H
Exeter, UK27 contributions
Oct 2021
If you visit Budleigh Salterton you must go to this museum.It is beautifully displayed and there is something to interest everyone.The Polyphon and history of Walter Ralegh are delightful.The pictures by Joyce Dennys are so amusing.The guide on the day of our visit made it especially pleasant.
Written 30 October 2021
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Rick W
Sevenoaks, UK2,106 contributions
Aug 2021
The museum is open from 11:30am to 4:30pm (new opening hours)a nd charges £2.50 per person. (used to be free). It contains displays about Sir Walter Raleigh, the steam train to Budleigh Salterton, the geology of the area and local lace making, smuggling and costumes. There is a small display about Millais’s famous painting of Sir Walter Raleigh as a child too. It took us about 45 minutes to look around and was mildly interesting. Your life won’t be ruined if you miss it though!
Written 4 August 2021
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HELGA G
Cannock, UK6 contributions
Oct 2019
very informative, with lots of story boards and staff can answer any questions, they have a wealth of knowledge
Written 5 November 2019
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CathyAquilla
Budleigh Salterton, UK110 contributions
Aug 2019
Spent about and hour and a half wandering round looking at the various objects and subject matter in the museum. Well collated and interesting.
Written 10 October 2019
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Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.
Written 11 October 2019
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Sarah Z
Exeter, UK215 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Popped into this wonderful little museum not really knowing what to expect. It's pretty eclectic, from smuggling to Mr Punch, Budleigh train station to Walter Ralegh. I challenge you not to learn something! Very helpful and friendly volunteers make the experience more than an average museum.
Written 19 August 2019
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Thank you for writing, Sarah. I have passed your welcome comments on to our volunteers.
Written 20 August 2019
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PainfullyGFDF
Plymouth, UK22 contributions
May 2019 • Family
Not only is the history, layout and information fantastic. The volunteers and staff are friendly, helpful and passionate. It is amazing how much they have done across two floors of this heritage building. Brilliant displays - definitely recommend.
Written 27 May 2019
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Many thanks for this enthusiastic response. Much appreciated.
Written 28 May 2019
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Mark T
Leicester, UK799 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
A fascinating museum charting the history of the town and it’s people over the years. I didn’t know millet painted the picture of the childhood of Ralegh here, I didn’t know Ralegh should be spelt without the central i. And I didn’t know Reg Varney lived here either.
Written 24 May 2019
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Nice to hear from you. I've learnt lots of things since helping at Fairlynch Museum! I didn't know that many people pronounce Sir Walter's family name 'Rawley'. The name can actually be spelt in about 70 different ways. Quite a few other interesting characters have lived in Budleigh Salterton, ranging from jazz composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett to the spy W.F.R. Macartney who spent 10 years in prison, convicted for spying for Soviet Russia. Also the beautiful film star Belinda Lee. Thanks for writing.
Written 25 May 2019
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