Axminster Heritage

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From pre-history, through Roman times, as a busy agricultural market town post its 1210 charter and as an important brush making centre, notably for toothbrushes. Children can enjoy their own trail with dressing up points and a quiz. There is a special focus on the world famous carpet industry founded by Thomas Whitty, an original 18th century loom and a beautiful 1769 Whitty carpet. A fully working 1930s Crabtree loom is occasionally run - see website for details. Fittingly all this is housed in a facory Built for the Whitty family business and which subsequently served the town as a court-house and a hospital.



  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled WC
  • Gift Shop
  • WC
  • Wifi Connection

Opening Times

  Open Closed
Monday to Friday 10am 4pm
Saturday 10am 1pm
Sunday closed  
Bank Holidays (not Christmas or New Year 10am 4pm


Under 17 Free
Adult £3

Groups 10+ please call 01297 639884


Contact Details

Silver Street
EX13 5AH

Telephone: 01297639884