Great Torrington Heritage Museum & Archive

Great Torrington Heritage Museum and Archive

Great Torrington Heritage Museum and Archive are based at, 14 South Street, EX38 8AF, and The Market House, which is the pink, Grade 2* listed property, just above the Pannier Market. The Museum has a very extensive artefact collection, much of which is on display.

Those artefacts not on view can be seen catalogued on visual storage. We have items from gloving, blacksmiths, agriculture, printing, and WW2. Also on view are a number of items from our costume collection. This was all made possible due to a 'Start- up' grant from Leader 4, for which we are most grateful. Come and learn the history of Great Torrington. We very much look forward to welcoming you to our town museum.

Visit website

  • The Forge

    A selection of blacksmith's tools and implements recovered from a local village forge

  • Heating and Lighting

    From a 17th century cast iron fireback to a 20th century gas iron - a series of items related to heating and lighting, especially featuring a locally made cloam oven, normally unseen since these structures are built into a fireplace.

  • Railway Transport

    An exhibit of railway memorabilia related to the Torrington branch line, a victim of the Beeching axe!

  • Civil War display

    Come and see our display of the Civil War in Torrington which too place on the 16th of February 1646

Admission & prices

The Museum will close for the winter from Friday 27th September 2019 at 1.00 pm and we will hope to see you again around May 1st 2020.
Thank you for all your support, please keep supporting us throughout the year. We are a free, volunteer run museum that can do with all the help it can get, especially financial.
There is ample parking in 2 car parks close to the museum, one at the top of South Street and the other behind the Pannier Market.

Mondays 10:30 – 4:00
Tuesdays 10:30 – 4:00
Wednesdays 10.30 – 1:00
Thursdays 10.30 – 4:00
Fridays 10.30 – 1:00
Saturdays 10.30 – 1:00
Sundays CLOSED

Travel by bus (run by Stage Coach) to Great Torrington
The times are complicated so please check the times at the web address below:

71 – Barnstaple – Great Torrington – Holsworthy
72 – Barnstaple – Great Torrington – Shebbear
75B – Barnstaple – Bideford – Great Torrington
75B – Great Torrington – Hatherleigh – Okehampton
75 – Bideford – Great Torrington
75A – Bideford – Great Torrington
75A – Okehampton – Hatherleigh – Great Torrington

Find us


  • Toilets On-Site
  • Childrens activities

If you require family history information, please send an email to:- with all your information, our archivist will contact you and try to help with your search.

If you can help, DONATIONS are always welcome and needed to help with restoration and running costs.

Great Torrington Heritage Museum and Archive
14 South Street
Great Torrington
EX38 8AF

T: 01805 938008

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Great Torrington Heritage Museum and Archive

Great Torrington Heritage Museum and Archive
14 South Street

Great Torrington, DEVON EX38 8AF