Axminster Heritage Centre

Axminster Heritage Centre

OPEN FROM AUGUST 1st Temporary CV19 measures have been introduced so guests can visit us safe in the knowledge we are diligently following the Government and museum sector recommendations. To help you enjoy your experience, trained staff and clear signage will guide you through the exhibition We tell the story of Axminster and its surrounding villages from pre-history, through Roman times, as a busy agricultural market town post its 1210 charter and as an important brush making centre, notably for toothbrushes.

There is a special focus on the world famous carpet industry founded by Thomas Whitty, an original 18th century loom and a beautiful 1769 Whitty carpet. A fully working 1930s loom.

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Admission & prices

OPEN from August 1st every
Tuesday and Thursday 10am to 4pm and
Saturday 10am to 1pm.

Located in the centre of Axminster, just off Trinity Square in Silver Street.
A short walk from car parks and bus stops.

FREE Under 17.
Adults £3
Annual Membership with unlimited entry £10
Donations welcome

Entry to the centre is controlled to limit numbers, thereby supporting social distancing.
Our website has extensive information about the story of Axminster.

Find us

In the town centre just off Trinity Square, in Silver Street.
Close to bus stops and a short walk from the railway station.


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

Located in the centre of Axminster close to the Minster, local shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, including River Cottage Canteen and Deli.

In addition to the heritage gallery:

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 dyes to colour Axminster carpets.

Temporary Exhibitions…
To complement our permanent exhibition we regularly present and host temporary exhibitions, check our website for information.

Information for Tourists and Local Residents…
The Information Point is in our reception area where you can find places to visit, local event information and tickets, walks, cycle routes and bus timetables.

The Bradshaw Meeting Room…
A comfortable venue with a kitchenette, digital projector and Wi-Fi is available to hire for meetings, classes, and community gatherings. Check ‘Venue Hire’ at our website for details.

Thomas Whitty House,
Silver Street,
EX13 5AH

T: 01297 639884

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Axminster Heritage Centre

Thomas Whitty House,
Silver Street,

Axminster, DEVON EX13 5AH