National Trust  Carriage Museum

National Trust Carriage Museum

The Carriage Museum in the stables has a vehicle for every occasion from cradle to grave. In the past carriages were as varied as cars are today: designed for long journeys, a trip to town, a day off-roading or simply a drive in the park.

Having the right type of carriage was a sign of good taste and wealth. Here at the museum there are over 40 different carriages on display, all were privately owned by people from middle-class families to earls and lords, and even Queen Victoria.

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  • Working stables

    Bringing the collection to life are our working stables. We have three Shetland ponies on site as well as two larger horses.

  • Speaker's State coach

    On loan from the Houses of Parliament our newest carriage is also our brightest. See this shining example of carriage building at our site.

  • The greatest curiosity of the world

    In 1870 Barnum's Circus visited Ilfracombe whilst on a tour from America. Our museum now holds collection items from its littlest performer, Tom Thumb.

  • Cradle to grave

    Something for all occasions, from glamour to poverty and commoners to gentry.

  • A state occasion

    Discover the craftsmanship behind these majestic vehicles and how techonology made them more (or less) comfortable

Admission & prices

Open daily until 30 October 11am-5pm
Winter weekend opening 5 November-18 December, 11am-4pm.

Entry is free for National Trust members.

2016 prices
Adult £8.80
Child £4.40

Prices include entry to Arlington gardens and grounds. Additional charges apply for entry to Arlington Court house.

Find us

From the A39 find us between Shirwell and Blackmoor Gate. 8 miles north of Barnstaple.


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

The shop and tearoom open at 10:30am daily.
Last admission to the Carriage Museum is 30 minutes before closing.

National Trust Carriage Museum
Arlington Court
EX31 4LP

T: 01271 850296

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National Trust Carriage Museum

National Trust Carriage Museum
Arlington Court

Barnstaple, DEVON EX31 4LP