Barnstaple Heritage Centre closed for business on 31st March 2016.


Barnstaple heritage centre

Barnstaple Heritage Centre offers great entertainment for all the family including quizzes and games, brass-rubbing and children's costumes, in our fantastic hands-on exhibition.

Medieval Market

On your Journey Through Time, you can experience Saxon Life in Barnstaple, find out what was on offer in the Medieval Market, listen to merchants trading at the Tome Stone, and make sure the enemy does not surround you as the Civil War reaches town! Escape the battles to reach the genteel 18th Century, and tread the boards with John Gay's Beggar's Opera. And when you have found all the missing mice, exit through the Floral Arch to our delightful Gift Shop.

The Heritage Centre is open all year round, so step inside, and begin your "Journey Through Time".

Merchant Ship

Opening Times 

Summer (April - October)
Tuesday - Saturday, 9.30am - 4.30pm.
(Last admission to the exhibition 4.00pm)

Winter (November - March)
Tuesday - Friday, 9.30am - 4.00 pm.
(Last admission to the exhibition 3.30pm)
Saturday 10am - 3.30 pm.
(Last admission to the exhibition 3.00pm)


Adults £4.00
Concession £3.50                                                                                                                                           
Children £3.00
Under 5's Free
Family Ticket £10.00 (2 Adults, 2 Children)

Group rates available.
Private evening opening available for groups of 15 or over.

Wheelchair access available through the shop riverside door.
Disabled facilities.

Live in Barnstaple? Ask about the BARNSTAPLE RESIDENTS TICKET.

Heritage Centre voucher

Download the voucher above for 50p off Adult Admission price to the Journey Through Time Exhibition.

For all bookings and information telephone 01271 373003.

How to get to the Heritage Centre


A selection of our latest visitor's comments.

A great museum –loved the quiz and interactive exhibits.

Very informative and delightful for children.

Thoroughly enjoyed this insight of Barnstaple.

A credit to the town.

Great place, good props and fun things to do for all ages.

A great mixture of information and interaction.

Fantastic museum, we’ve had great fun and learnt loads about our town.

Very well presented, enlightening exhibition.

Very interesting history and very well explained. Thank you.

A little gem.


Schools and Groups

Information for Schools

For further information please contact Sue or Dion on 01271 373003.


Widget Signs

Barnstaple Heritage Centre have been working with the Widgit Accessible Information Services to developed a sign system that ensures that the information in the Journey Through Time exhibition is equally accessible to people with disabilities, including those who have difficulty in reading or understanding the meaning of words.

Click here for more information on the Widgit System at the Heritage Centre


Gift Shop

Barnstaple Heritage Centre Gift Shop

Visit our new larger shop for a superb variety of quality greetings cards, giftware and fascinating local history publications. Come and see our wide range of jewellery, including our beautiful range in Sterling Silver and semi precious stones, all at excellent prices. Take home a gift from Barnstaple with our beautifully packaged old fashioned sweets and biscuits, or maybe a box of traditional Barnstaple Fairings.

A selection of products is available on this site in our online shop.



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