Totnes Elizabethan House Museum



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An Elizabethan house, dating from 1575, said to have been built for Walter Kelland, a wealthy merchant. The building houses archaeological and social history collections and a room dedicated to Charles Babbage, inventor of the Difference Engine, a pre-cursor of modern computers. There is also a Victorian nursery, where younger visitors can dress up, play with Tudor toys and play the Hunt the Mouse quiz. Study centre archives located at the rear of the museum. Outside is a peaceful formal herb garden.

Totnes Elizabethan House Museum
70 Fore Street,TOTNES,TQ9 5RU


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Facilities: Personal guided tours
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open mid Mar-Sep, Mon-Fri 10-4 (last entry 3). Closed wknds & BHs

About the area

Discover Devon

With magnificent coastlines, two historic cities and the world-famous Dartmoor National Park, Devon sums up all that is best about the British landscape. For centuries it has been a fashionable and much loved holiday destination – especially south Devon’s glorious English Riviera.

Close to the English Riviera lies Dartmoor, one of the south-west’s most spectacular landscapes. The National Park, which contains Dartmoor, covers 365 square miles and includes many fascinating geological features – isolated granite tors and two summits exceeding 2,000 feet among them. 

Not surprisingly, in Dartmoor the walking opportunities are enormous. Cycling in the two National Parks is also extremely popular and there is a good choice of off-road routes taking you to the heart of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Devon’s towns and cities offer stimulating alternatives to the rigours of the countryside.

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