Axminster Heritage

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Temporary CV19 measures have been introduced to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. Guests can visit us safe in the knowledge we are diligently following the Government and museum sector recommendations. Trained staff and clear signage will guide you through the exhibition which has been designed for all the family.

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, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Closed  
Tuesday 10am 4pm
Thursday 10am 4pm
Saturday 10am 1pm


Under 17 Free
Adult £3

Groups 10+ please call 01297 639884


Contact Details

Silver Street
EX13 5AH

Telephone: 01297639884