Dawlish Museum

Dawlish Museum

With 11 rooms over 3 floors the Museum is known for its display of Piper Bill Millins' D-Day bagpipes. This year is the 80th anniversary of D- Day and in the spirit of Peace, Liberation and Reconciliation the Library has been rededicated and now named after Piper Bill.

Packed with artefacts the tableaus in the 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 library PC .There is disabled access and other facilities available including a stair lift to the first floor.

  • 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 and has been completely updated to include all the exciting developments of 2023 thus far.

  • Dressed To Impress

    A new exhibition of evening wear from Victorian times to almost the present day. A fascinating insight into 'dressing up' though the ages retained this year by popular demand from the previous year.

  • Piper Bills Room

    Piper Bill Millin, who piped the troops ashore on Sword Beach , D-Day 1944.( 80 years ago) The 'Piper Bill' room houses a huge collection of old photos of Dawlish as well as looped video about the life of Piper Bill and his amazing achievements

  • Childrens Dressing Up Rail

    There's lots to do for the little ones including dressing up, pictures to colour, slate boards to chalk, brass rubbing as well as a magnifier to check out the local pottery finds. We also have an updated cygnet trail for the little ones and fun quiz for the older children.

  • Farmhouse Kitchen

    This beautifully re-created Farmhouse kitchen displays all the mod cons of a former age, including a black leaded kitchen range and many other artefacts of a bygone age to take you back in time.

Admission & prices

Opening for the 2024 season. (Friday 31st of May until Saturday 28th of September)
We will be open Weds To Friday 11 AM to 3 PM ( Last entry 45 minutes before closing to give time to look around)
And Saturday From 10AM until 1PM ( Last entry12.15PM )

We are happy to respond to email, twitter or Facebook requests and queries.
Please note there may be a delayed response to answering telephone messages.
(See our contact details below)

ENTRY PRICES ( Cash Only Please )
Adults - £2
Concessions - £1
Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children) only £5
and valid for a full 7 days with Free return for one week.

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  • Presentation of cheque

    Presentation of cheque

    It's a big thanks to outgoing mayor Rosie Dawson for naming the museum as one of her local charities this year and presenting us with a whopping £2,690 towards the museum funds......

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  • Thanks 'Men In Sheds!'

    Thanks 'Men In Sheds!'

    Many thanks to Men in Sheds and the Dawlish Gazette for printing an article about their latest project to help the museum with a new rail to hold the dressing up clothes for the little ones......

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

Wheelchair access to Ground Floor and wheelchair friendly toilet facilities. Stair lift to First Floor and spare wheelchair available.
There is also a pleasant garden. (Steps down to garden but side gate can be opened upon request )

The Knowle was built in the early 1800's by a Mr. Upham on the knoll overlooking the river .It was for sale in 1840 and described as:
“ situated in a shrubbery and garden and commands a beautiful view of the Valley of Dawlish and the sea, the latter within 4 minutes walk. The house contains breakfast room, dining room, drawing room and 4 best bedrooms and closet, servants bedrooms, kitchen, pantry, china cabinet, underground cellar and other convenience.''
In 1847 the lower part of the grounds was sold to the Dawlish Gas Company but the house and garden were improved and it was then leased out. The next tenant was Dr. Charles Lovely, who had his surgery in the house, as did all the local doctors, before the Health Centre was built in 1970.
In 1913, Dawlish Urban District Council bought the house for offices, where they remained until 1946 before moving to the Manor House. It remained as a clinic and the Museum took over the first floor in 1969,before later occupying all the building.

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