Great Torrington Heritage Museum

Great Torrington Heritage Museum

The history and heritage centre of Torrington

Welcome to Torrington Museum

We're not quite open all hours but you can definitely find us here from 10 - 3 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until the end of October
Glovemaking has been a huge part of Torrington's history for hundreds of years; visit our recreated glove factory and learn the stories of the women, children and men who workied in the factories and their own homes to supply fancy London stores.
Something for everyone 🙂
Follow the fortunes of the Westcott family from 1646 to the present day as they fight civil wars, the ups and downs of working class life in the 18th and 19th centuries, two world wars and the summer of love!

A museum in the heart of the community

Torrington Museum is a friendly, free museum run entirely by volunteers in the centre of Great Torrington, next to the Pannier Market entrance. The museum has a remarkable collection of fascinating objects and reflects the diverse history of this ancient market town.

Most exhibits have been donated by local people over the years, resulting a wonderfully eclectic collection of objects and documents which really bring Torrington’s people and stories to life.

Thanks to the generosity of Great Torrington Town Council we now have a permanent home in a beautiful building. We’ve re-curated and rebuilt to give you a new museum fit for the 21st century… but we haven’t finished yet! In coming years we’re planning to open new rooms, create new exhibitions and find new ways to really bring the stories of Torrington’s people to life.

We’ll be hosting a range of talks, tours and activities in the future – restrictions permitting –  so keep checking here and on our Social Media to make sure you don’t miss out.


We’re in the centre of Great Torrington, looking down the Square with the museum right next to the Pannier Market entrance. The town has two car parks, one conveniently located just behind the Pannier Market..

Great Torrington is served by bus services from Barnstaple, Bideford, Holsworthy, Okehampton, Exeter and Tavistock.
Go to Traveline South West for timetables.

Sadly the last passenger train left Torrington in the 1980s but the old station, now the Puffing Billy restaurant, is right on the Tarka Trail, perfect for walkers and cyclists. It’s just a short (but steep) walk into town.

We're open again! You can visit us on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11-4: last admission is 3:30pm and entry is free although a donation is appreciated.

It's been a long, tough road to reopening but we know you'll enjoy our new look and redesigned displays

Thank you for your generous support in difficult times and be sure to watch out for regular updates to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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