Tavistock Museum

Tavistock Museum

Tavistock Museum is a town museum which has permanent exhibitions relating to its monastic, market, and mining past. It is also a community museum and each year has new exhibitions relating to different community interests and organisations.

The Museum is run entirely by volunteers, many of whom give up a day each week of their time to steward.

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  • Cornish Mining display

    The museum has a world-class collection of rock specimens from local mines in the Tamar Valley, including Lady Bertha Mine, Devon Friendship, Wheal Crebor and Devon Great Consols. Also a small display of mining memorabilia.

  • Bedford Cottages

    There are approximately 300 cottages in Tavistock and its surrounding area built by the Bedford Estate between 1850 and 1870 which may be regarded as "Bedford Cottages". Although small, they were by the standards of the day regarded as model cottages.

  • Tavistock Canal

    A series of display panels illustrates the Tavistock Canal and the contribution made by John Taylor.

  • Thorington Photographic Collection

    The Museum has a large collection of photographic images of Tavistock and east Cornwall, taken between 1960 and 1990 by the late Jim Thorington. These are being catalogued and digitised by our team of volunteers.

  • Tavistock Abbey

    There is an exhibit on Tavistock Abbey, and a ten minute DVD tells the story of this once great Benedictine Abbey dedicated to St. Mary and St Rumon.

Admission & prices

(Saturday 31st March - end of October):
Monday - Saturday (closed Sundays)
11.00am - 15.00pm

There is no entrance charge but a donation is requested.

Find us

The Museum is located in the centre of Tavistock. There is a small car park in Guidlhall Square. Other parking is available within walking distance.

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A full range of facilities - including toilets, parking and refreshments - are available within a short walk.

Tavistock in West Devon has a busy Pannier Market (open daily except Sundays and Mondays) and superb riverside and disused railway walks.

It is located in Area 10a(ii) of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. The Museum is a member of CMAMA (Cornish Mining Attractions Marketing Association).

The Museum is also a member of West Devon Museums Group.

Tavistock Museum
Court Gate
Guildhall Square
PL19 0AE

T: 01822 611264
E: rodmartin45@hotmail.com

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Tavistock Museum

Tavistock Museum
Court Gate
Guildhall Square

Tavistock, DEVON PL19 0AE