Axminster Heritage Centre

Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster. Devon EX13 5AH

The Jewel in Axminister’s Crown

 

 

Thomas Whitty House can be found on Silver Street, Axminster EX13 5AH. This is the road leading off the town square by The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin.  The Lyme Street car park behind us is now run by EDDC.  The next  nearest car park is Coombe Lane (behind Cinnamons ) with entry from Coombe Lane or South Street.   West Street (Co-op) car park opposite the Guildhall is also close by.

Winter Opening Hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays  10:00am to 4:00pm

Saturdays 10:00am to 1:00pm

Museum Entry:  Adults £4.00,  Children 16 and under Free. 

On the last Saturday of each month EX13 residents can have free entry to the museum (proof of residency required)

 

The Heritage Centre provides tourist and local information, a gift shop and an extended museum. Our friendly volunteers are very welcoming and will be pleased to help you.

The Museum…
This is where  ‘The Story of Axminster’ and local history are brought to life in a modern interactive display exhibition for all the whole family. Children can enjoy their own trail with dressing up points and interactive activities.  Here you find out that Axminster is a lot more than Great Carpets. There is a lot more to find out about this wonderful small town. Come and pay us a visit, you will pleasantly surprised.

The Dye House, Courtyard and Garden…
In the courtyard, beside the restored Dye House, our garden helps you learn about the plants used to create the dyes used  to colour Axminster carpets.

Temporary Exhibitions…
To complement our permanent exhibition we regularly present and host temporary exhibitions, Check ‘What’s On’  for information.

Find places to visit in the local area, local event information, walks, cycle routes, bus timetables and much more.

Axminster Heritage Alive…
Join in our extensive programme of friendly events, including talks, art and craft courses, films and coach trips. Check ‘What’s On’

The Axminster Heritage Museum is a fantastic place to visit and learn more about the history of Axminster.

Don’t Forget on the last Saturday of each month EX13 residents can have free entry to the museum (proof of residency required)

Better value is to become a member of Axminster Heritage, for just £12.50. Then you can visit the Museum as often as you want for a whole year, and there are other benefits. Please see our get involved page for further details. axminsterheritage.org/get-involved

At Our Information point inside the Centre you will find local bus and train timetables Places of Interest in and around Axminster as well as leaflets about places to visit in  East Devon, West Dorset and South Somerset.

Spinning a Yarn – The Story of Sheep and Axminster

Our exciting Temporary Summer Exhibition

Beginning Saturday 16th April 2022 10:00pm -1:00am

This summer season’s temporary exhibition had originally been planned for Easter 2020 but the Covid pandemic meant it couldn’t be held in either 2020 or 2021. Part of the reason we wanted to delay it was that there are going to be a lot of associated activities which would not have been possible with social distancing or limited numbers in the Bradshaw meeting room. Due to the limited amount of space provided by the temporary exhibition area the display only provides a quick overview of the subject. To cover the limitations, the exhibition has been designed to be linked with associated activities and workshops. The first of these is on the Saturday 16th April to launch the exhibition. We are bringing in sheep to be hand sheared, and hopefully there will also be a lamb and a ram for people to pet.

 

The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin and the Minster Green

Another Jewel in the crown of Axminster and very close to the Heritage Centre is The Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin and the Minster Green, Axminster’s town centre oasis of peace and quiet.  Axminster’s Minster Green is the only place in the town centre where shoppers and visitors can sit in peace and quiet.

It is also the location for the town’s war memorial and sometimes plays host to the occasional fundraising event under the shadow of Axminster’s much admired parish church,  The Minster Church of St. Mary the Virgin.  A Church of England church of  Norman origins, although much of the building dates from the 13th–15th centuries.

St. Mary the Virgin is the oldest building in the town, and has been Grade II* Listed since 1950.

Address: 3 Silver St, Axminster EX13 5AH

It is a 1 minute walk from the Axminster Heritage Centre.

 

Below is a link to Axminster Town Map produced by Totally  Locally Axminster.

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Axminster Heritage Centre signposted on the map between numbers 20 and 35 Silver Street is the building with the Tourist Information logo.

Other places to see and visit in Axminster will be listed here shortly.

 

Tourist (East Devon area) and Local Information is located inside the Axminster Heritage Centre. situated in the middle of the town just along Silver Street from Trinity Square

The Axminster Heritage Museum is a fantastic place to visit. You will find that Axminster is lot more than carpets.  The entry fee is only £3.00 for Adults, Free for Children under 16.

Better value is to become a member of Axminster Heritage, for just £10.00. Then you can visit the Museum as often as you want for a whole year, and there are other benefits. Please see our get involved page for further details. axminsterheritage.org/get-involved

At Our Information point inside the Centre you will find local bus and train timetables Places of Interest in and around Axminster as well as leaflets about places to visit in  East Devon, West Dorset and South Somerset.

 

Covid-19 restrictions

Please note that due social distancing and the Museums one way system It will not possible to access the leaflets at the Information point.

We have been following government and museum sector guidelines closely on reopening and are at present preparing the building to be COVID-19 compliant. Our priority is to provide a safe environment for both our visitors and volunteers and as such there will be some changes in the visitor experience such as a queuing system and a one-way route through the exhibitions.

Our interactives will not be operating in the displays but you will still be able to access the audios and videos in the gallery using your own mobile device and phones. More about this and how to download the QR code readers will be available on our website and Facebook page nearer our opening.

These changes will allow us to ensure that the Heritage Centre remains a safe, friendly and informative place for everyone.

For further information please speak to Centre Manager, Nigel Sadler on 01297 639884 (Thursday/Friday) or email: manager@axminsterheritage.org. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter too!

Thank you all for your continued support during this difficult and challenging time and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Axminster Heritage Centre!

To be kept informed of what we are doing at the Axminster Heritage Centre you can either monitor the ‘news’ section on our website or follow us on Facebook.

Our special Interact page has frequent news and updates from groups and pages on Social Media of relevance to both visitors and locals.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm

Saturday 10:00 to 1:00pm

 

 

 

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