Mortehoe Museum

Mortehoe Museum

The Museum is run by Mortehoe Heritage Trust, a registered charity managed by local people. It is situated in the heart of the cliff-top village of Mortehoe, 1.

5 miles north of Woolacombe on the coastal road. Entry is through the village Car Park opposite Mortehoe Post Office The Museum is a Grade ll listed converted barn which is owned by National Trust and leased to Mortehoe Heritage Trust - it lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is within the village Conservation Area. The Museum shop offers items of local and historical interest, including locally produced arts and crafts, books and maps covering local walking trails. To view the main website, click "Get in Touch

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  • Collection 1

    Coastguard Wagon: A rare example of a Rocket-Apparatus Wagon built by the Bristol Cart Company in the 1860s. The wagon - presently housed at North Morte Farm

  • Collection 2

    A life-size model of Eliza Yeo - neé Ashford (1840-1917). Eliza had eight brothers and sisters and was the second daughter of Samuel Ashford and his wife Mary, nee Watts.

  • Collection 3

    A cannon from HMS Weazle - a Man O' War, which sank off Baggy Point on 12th January 1799 after being driven on to Morte Rocks in a severe gale. Only the Purser survived, 106 lives were lost including that of the only woman on board.

  • Collection 4

    Photo of the SS Newtown which struck rocks near Barricane Beach in 1916. All the crew were rescued by the Mortehoe Life-saving Apparatus. One of many photographs either on display or held in the Museum's Archive Collection

  • Collection 5

    A wide collection of agricultural implements once used on local farms until the advent of mechanisation and modern farming methods. Many were made to order by the local blacksmith.

Admission & prices

Opening Times: (Subject to change - see Museum website for further information)

13th April to end of mid-July & September
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday Wednesday Thursday and Sunday

Mid-July & August
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday Wednesday, 11 am - 3 pm Thursday and Sunday

Entry to the museum is free. Donations are welcome to help with our running costs.

Find us

On arrival in the village, turn into the Council car park opposite the Post Office and the Museum is towards the rear of the car park on the right.

Please note that the Pay & Display car park is operated by North Devon Council.


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

Parking: Pay & Display car park is operated by North Devon Council

Toilets: Located at the car park entrance

Wheelchair Access is available to the shop but not to the gallery on the upper floor

Cold drinks on sale in the Museum

Much of the village's heritage is recorded in the Museum and the gallery on the upper floor houses a veritable treasure chest of historical memorabilia. There is also an annual exhibition of special features of the village's past.

The gallery offers a historical cameo of life in this coastal setting and a presentation of maritime history. There is information on local shipwrecks, the now disused railway line, an introduction to flora and fauna in North Devon, the birth and development of tourism, farming and country skills.

During mid-July and August, tractor and trailer rides to Bull Point on Tuesdays and Morte Point on Wednesdays are available in conjunction with National Trust and depart from outside the Museum.

The Friends of Mortehoe Museum hold talks, film shows and social events periodically during the year. Membership is open to all and provides. information on events by way of newsletters. Application forms are available at the Museum.

Mortehoe Museum
Devon, EX34 7DT
EX34 7DT

T: 01271 870028

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Mortehoe Museum

Mortehoe Museum
Devon, EX34 7DT

Mortehoe, DEVON EX34 7DT