Axminster Heritage Centre & Museum

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Thomas Whitty House Silver Street
EX13 5AH

The New Axminster Heritage Centre Brand new displays include a children's trail, and a 1930s Crabtree Axminster carpet loom, which we occasionally run. We tell the story of Axminster and its surrounding villages from pre-history, through Roman times, developing into a busy agricultural market town. There’s a special focus on our carpet industry, founded by Thomas Whitty in 1755, with an original 18th century loom and a beautiful 1769 Whitty carpet. In the 19th century Axminster was an important brush making centre, notably for toothbrushes. Temporary exhibitions and courses provide lots to see and do. All housed in a factory built by the Whitty family, which subsequently served as a court-house and a hospital.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Opening Hours Easter to end of October: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm November to Easter: Open Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am to 4pm Bank Holidays: 10am to 4pm (Not Christmas or New Year) Crabtree Loom running: Check website / FaceBook for details. Groups 10+ please call 01297 639884. Group Tours available by appointment.


All Adults £3. Under 17 Free. Full Annual AH Membership £10

Travel directions:

In the centre of Axminster town just off Trinity Square

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Meeting room available

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