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Axminster Heritage Centre

Museums and Art Galleries, Indoor
Profile iconAges 4+
Location iconAxminster
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Woman weaving at Axminster Heritage Centre and Museum

Attraction Information

Travel back in time at Axminster Museum, once a local police station and courthouse found right in the heart of the town. Peer inside the old police cells if you dare, or relax at the Arts Cafe just next door!

Feel like a giant as you admire the beautiful model of local landmark Weycroft Mill, or delve into the history of Axminster carpets, where you can discover the development of carpet making from the time of Thomas Whitty to present day. Then continue your historical journey as you explore the agricultural activity of the town, you’ll never see the same thing twice as displays change yearly to show different aspects of Victorian and Edwardian life!

Uncover how the settlement endured 2 world wars through fascinating artefacts, including an illustrated account of the WW2 US Army Hospital. You don’t truly know Axminster until you’ve visited this museum, constantly changing and adding new displays depending on community interests there really isn’t a better place to get to know the town.

  • Historical Interactive Museum
  • Live displays of 18th-century carpet looming
  • Beautiful Arts Cafe

Opening hours

Easter - October
Monday to Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00

Last Entry

15 minutes before attraction closes


Free admission

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Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street,
EX13 5AH,

Phone number

01297 639884


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