Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum

Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum

In the Old Grammar School you find an historic building, a range of collections and a local history archive. Each one of these would be worth visiting on its own, but to experience the three is exceptional.

The collections are displayed over 8 galleries and cover mainly the social history of Kingsbridge and the surrounding area. The headmaster's chair and canopy with portrait of Thomas Crispin, founder of the Grammar School, dominates the original panelled school room, complete with the carved initials and names of generations of schoolboys.

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  • Cookworthy Room

    This relates the story of Kingsbridge, and traces the development of Kingsbridge and Dodbrooke as a market town from the original settlement recorded in the 10th century. Exhibits relate to the social history, trades and crafts, and notable events in the area.

  • Victorian Kitchen & Scullery

    The Victorian Kitchen was a hive of activity in the Grammar School days, preparing meals for up to 60 boarders as well as for the Headmaster's household. The huge cast iron range was made at the local foundry.

  • Costume Gallery

    The Museum has a substantial collection of costume, dating from the Victorian/Edwardian period. We are now collecting more contemporary costume, from the post war period to the present day.

  • Farm Gallery

    The Farm Gallery was built in 1975 to display farm and barn machinery. Many of the designs are influenced by the steep hills and narrow lanes of the South Hams and were built by local engineering workshops.

  • Bonds Quay c. 1900

    The Museum has over 30,000 images in its photographic collection, ranging from early glass plate negatives to modern digital images. These can be searched on our database in the Duncombe Gallery or the Resource Centre.

Admission & prices

The Museum and Local Heritage Resource Centre remain CLOSED to the public due to the coronavirus outbreak, until official permission is given to re-open. The museum office is staffed as much as possible during normal office hours, and we are happy to answer research queries either by phone (01548 853235) or preferably e-mail (

(Normal Opening Times - NOW SUSPENDED
Museum & Gift Shop:
The Museum will re-open on Monday 23rd March for the season, until Saturday 31st October. Open Mon-Sat 10.30 am - 5 pm until end September, Mon-Sat 10.30 am - 4 pm during October. Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Admission: adults £3.00, concessions £2.50, children under 16 free. Contact the museum for group rates.)

(Local Heritage Resource Centre:
Open throughout the year other than during the Christmas break, Mon-Thur: 10.00-12.00. Additional hours 10-3 on Wednesday. Other times by appointment.)

(Office: Normally open Mon-Fri: 10.00-12.00 and 2.00 - 4.00 throughout the year, but times can vary - please phone.)

Find us

The museum is at the top of Kingsbridge town on the A379 from Plymouth (and Loddiswell). Use the car park at the top of Fore Street and the museum is 100 yards up the street on the left.


  • Toilets On-Site
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

Wheelchair access to the ground floor is possible by prior arrangement, please telephone 01548 853235.

Viewing Gallery: for those unable to access the galleries on the first and second floors of the Museum, there is seating near the entrance and a computer kiosk with Museum information and other displays.

Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum
The Old Grammar School
108, Fore Street

T: 01548 853235

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Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum

Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum
The Old Grammar School
108, Fore Street

Kingsbridge, DEVON TQ7 1AW