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Museums and Heritage

Teignbridge has lots of history and heritage to learn about and the various museums in the region offer something for everyone.

Ashburton Museum

1 West Street, Ashburton.  Devon Museums Website - Ashburton

The museum is close to the town's car park.  Many objects on display reflect the history of this mining and wool processing town.  Others, like the Parliament Clock, stoneware jars and pewterware were locally made.  There is a collection of lace and Victorian toys including two tiny jointed dolls.  Surprisingly, there is a superb collection of American Indian artifacts.

Open from May to September inclusive. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 2.00pm - 4.30pm

Bishopsteignton Museum of Rural Life

Shute Hill, Bishopsteignton Tel: 01626 775308 Devon Museums Website - Bishopsteignton Museum of Rural Life

The museum offers a glimpse into all facets of village life in a framing community.  Displays range through geology, occupations, dress, village school life and home concerns to sports and pastimes.  Railways, aeroplanes together with motor transport form prominent features in our collections as does militaria from both world wars.

Sundays and Bank Holidays, Easter Sunday to 30th September - 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust

The Old Railway Station, St John's Lane, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9GP  Devon Museums Website - Bovey Tracey

Bovey Tracey Heritage Trust is a registered charity which researches and preserves the history of the town.  Displays include railway and school memorabilia.  Civil War, pottery and an extensive collection of photographs. 

Please contact the TIC on 01626 832047 to check opening times.

Dawlish Museum

The Knowle Barton Terrace Dawlish EX7 7QH Tel: 01626 888557  Devon Museums Website - Dawlish

Eleven rooms, over three floors - something for every member of the family. Victorian rooms, military and railway, local industry rooms, unique collections of photos of Dawlish past and present and now the home of the D-Day bagpipes.  Come and see the local and social history associated with this seaside town.  Located at the top of the main car park.

1st May to 30th September. Wednesday - Friday: 10.30am - 5.00pm. Saturday and Sunday: 2.00pm - 5.00pm. Last admission is 4.15pm.

Newton Abbot Town and GWR Museum

2a St Paul's Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 2HP Tel: 01626 201121  Newton Abbot Town and GWR Website

Discover links with Great Western Railway and the people who operated it. A working signal box and volunteers are on hand to enthuse and help you operate it.  Also Aller Vale Art Pottery collection and John Lethbridge's diving machine automation. Special exhibitions are mounted regularly and an active Friends Group and Reminiscence Group for ex railwaymen.

Open from April until end of October.  Monday to Thursday 10 am to 4pm.  Friday 10am to 12pm.  Saturdays after Easter 2pm to 4pm.

Teignmouth and Shaldon Museum

29 French Street, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 8ST. Tel: 01626 777041 Teign Heritage Centre Website

Twice burned by the French and hammered by German bombs in the war, the area has survived the attentions of enemies and vicissitudes of peace. There is a fascinating story of sea and land, of war and peace, of interactions with far off places and developments of domestic industries.  With displays, pictures, CDs, DVDs and surviving artifacts the ongoing story is told.

The Valiant Soldier Museum

79 Fore Street Buckfastleigh TQ11 0BS Tel: 01364 644522  Valiant Soldier Website

A village inn for two centuries, The Valiant Soldier closed in the 1960's - and time stood still.  Furniture, pub artifacts and domestic items remained where they were when the last customer left.  See the period bars of a working man's pub during the 40's and 50's, the kitchen portraying domestic life and a parlour, bedroom, bathroom and re-creation of the original attic.

Opening times: (March - October) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 12.30pm - 4.30pm. Wednesday and Saturday:10.30am - 4.30pm. Open on bank holiday Sundays. Last entry to the museum is 4.00pm.