Dawlish Museum

Dawlish Museum

With 11 rooms over 3 floors the Museum is most famous for its display of Piper Bill Millins' D-Day bagpipes and is packed with artefacts. The displays in Dawlish Museum are regularly updated and depict life past and present in the town and notably tell the story of the February storm of 2014 which severely damaged the railway line.

A vast archive of 100's of rare historical photographs can be seen in album form or on the new library PC.Children as well as adults are well catered for and there are many fun activities just for them,such as the dressing up outfits and the Black Swan Trail. New DVD 'Dawlish and the Black Swans' is available through our online shop below for £8 inc p&p.

  • Great Storm Display

    The 'Orange Army' under attack from the huge waves during the storm of 2014. The Great Storm exhibition has rolling video and pictures telling the story of the storm and it's aftermath.

  • Wedding Dress Display Room

    Retained by popular demand, for this season ,is our amazing display of wedding dresses and related bridal items dating from as far back as 1846 right up to the late 1980's.

  • Library

    Piper Bill Millin, who piped the troops ashore on Sword Beach , D-Day 1944. The library houses a huge collection of old and new photos of Dawlish as well as looped video about the life of Piper Bill.

  • Dolls House

    Restored to full working order for the new season the Dolls House or 'Little Higher Acres' is sure to delight both young and old with its minute attention to detail.

  • Bygone Kitchen

    This beautifully re-created bygone kitchen displays all the mod cons of a former age, including a black leaded kitchen range and many other artefacts.

Admission & prices

The Museum is now open for the new season until the end of September.
( Open every day in August. )


Usual opening times
Wed - Fri 10-30am to 1700pm
Sat - Sun: 14.00pm to 17.00pm
Last admission 16.15pm
(Normally closed Mondays and Tuesdays.)

Adults - £2
Concessions - £1
Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children) only £5
and valid for a full 7 days with Free return entry.

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  • Hamper Raffle !

    Hamper Raffle !

    A big thanks from the Museum to the team at the local Co-op for donating the hampers to be raffled off to raise money for local good causes , including ourselves......

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  • Refreshments on The Lawn

    Refreshments on The Lawn

    Well done to the museum volunteers who helped the museum provide the refreshments in the marquee for Dawlish Celebrates Carnival on Thursday 17th August......

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  • Parking available
  • Toilets On-Site
  • Wheelchair access
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

Wheelchair access to Ground Floor. Stairlift to First Floor and wheelchair available.
There is also a pleasant garden.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors who include - Ashcombe village club, BG Wills & son, Barton Surgery, Be Repaired, Cofton Country, Crockers Ltd, Dawlish Gazette, Fraser & Wheeler, Freemasons, Gays Creamery, Langstone Cliff, Mercedes Benz Exeter, Shaftesbury Theatre, Swiftprint, The Beeches, The Framing Lot, Ugly Duckling and Whetmans Pinks.

Dawlish Museum Society
The Knowle
Barton Terrace

T: 01626 888557
E: info@dawlishmuseum.co.uk

Our videos Click on the play button below to view our videos


Interview with Piper Bill Millin

The interview gave Piper Bill a chance to describe the happenings at Sword Beach during the D Day Landings

Name Time
1 Interview with Piper Bill Millin - Part 1 3:33
2 Interview with Piper Bill Millin - part 2 3:57
3 interview with Piper Bill Millin - Part 3 4:11
4 interview with Piper Bill Millin - Part 4 3:30

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Dawlish Museum

Dawlish Museum Society
The Knowle
Barton Terrace