Fairlynch Museum Budleigh Salterton

Fairlynch Museum Budleigh Salterton

Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre is one of the very few thatched museums in the UK. The Grade II Listed building dating from 1810 is a typical example of a 'marine cottage orné'.

A pebble’s throw from the best beach in Devon, we’re a volunteer-run museum for life-long learners of all ages and everyone who loves our corner of the world. We have nationally important costume and geological collections and excellent resources for local and family history researchers. Please support us by donating, visiting or shopping with us! SHOP ONLINE: https://www.devonmuseums.net/Fairlynch-Museum/E-Commerce/

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  • The Garden

    The Museum garden is one of the showpieces of Budleigh Salterton, with its colourful border displays. Many of the plants were chosen to be contemporary with the period of the house.

  • Art

    Fairlynch has around 400 sketches, drawings, original paintings and prints of local significance or by local artists. Many were collected by the Museum’s co-founder, the late Priscilla Hull, who ran an art gallery from Abele Tree House, her home on Budleigh’s Fore Street.

  • 100 years of ladies' costumes

    Only a small proportion of the Fairlynch costume collection can be seen on display at any one time, but the regular exhibitions arranged by our volunteer helpers allow for a rotation of interesting items.

  • Fragment of decorated Samian ware bowl

    This 2nd century bowl from the Archaeology collection was found at the site of a Roman villa outside Budleigh. When originally in use it was broken and mended with butterfly rivets, the marks of which can be seen.

  • Marine Parade, Budleigh Salterton c.1870

    This print from the Museum's collection is one of many images from the past depicting life in Budleigh Salterton. The Local History Room contains many well-researched albums giving an insight into varied aspects of the town.

Admission & prices

The Museum is open from Easter to 31 October 2024.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 2.00 to 4.30.

Admission: Adults £2.50, Friends of Fairlynch and children under 16 free

Exhibitions this year include Ships and Shipbuilding on the River Otter.
Paintings by the Budleigh Salterton Art Club.
19th and 20th Century Uniforms Naval, Military, and Diplomatic.

Find us


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

We don't have a cafe but luckily you are spoilt for choice on places nearby for cream teas, lunch, waffles and ice creams, on and off the beautiful Budleigh beach!
Wheelchair Access: Ground Floor Only.

Public car parks nearby, limited parking at museum for disabled visitors by prior arrangement. Level access from Fore Street Hill. Wheelchair access to ground floor only.

Fairlynch is an educational charity run by volunteers and mainly dependent on voluntary contributions and the fund-raising efforts of The Friends of Fairlynch. To join the Friends, please click on Our Downloads section on this site.

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Fairlynch
Website: https://www.fairlynchmuseum.uk/

You can also find and share photos on Instagram: Fairlynch_Museum

We are a friendly bunch so please do contact us with any queries, or if you'd like to volunteer to help - there are many tasks requiring volunteers both front of house and behind the scenes.

Please support us by donating, visiting, and shopping with us!
SHOP ONLINE: https://www.devonmuseums.net/Fairlynch-Museum/E-Commerce/

Fairlynch Museum
27 Fore Street
Budleigh Salterton

T: 01395 443978
E: admin@fairlynchmuseum.uk

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Fairlynch Museum Budleigh Salterton

Fairlynch Museum
27 Fore Street

Budleigh Salterton, DEVON EX9 6NP