Bakewell Museum

Bakewell House Museum
Old House Museum Cunningham Place North Church Street Bakewell DE45 1DD

Opening Times:

11am - 4pm daily

Last visitor entrance 3:30pm


Open every day April 1st - October 31st


Or from Good Friday if it falls in March

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The Old House Museum is housed in the oldest standing building in Bakewell, dating from 1534. The building is a typical yeoman's house of the 16th century and belonged originally to the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield. It was leased in 1777 by Richard Arkwright to house workers for the mill he built in the town.


Our Collection has been built up from the generosity of local people and contacts.
The house itself is of great interest to anyone keen on vernacular architecture.

  • Atmospheric beamed rooms with wattle and daub partitions and a number of open fireplaces
  • Discover a rare Tudor toilet (garderobe) and a Victorian privy.  Learn about the night soil man!
  • Experience life in a Victorian mill worker's dwelling.  Victorian kitchen scene with displays and memorobilia 
  • See displays of lace, textiles, samplers, embroideries and elegant costumes in tableau settings
  • View historical toys as featured on BBC2 Restoration Roadshow
  • Play with our dolls house
  • Have fun with our Tudor dressing up box
  • You are welcome to take photographs

New this year

Learn about Bakewell's industral history and links with the Arkwright family in the new gallery.

  • Stunning sculptural interpretation of Arkwrights Lumford millwheel
  • See the fascinating roofs and windows of the building from our raised terrace (stairlift available)

Then relax in the coutyard with a cup of tea or coffee.

Contact Details:   Tel: 01629 813642

Learning Programmes:

Museum Trails

Victorian Laundry Day



Local and social history


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