The Old House is now closed for the winter. We will open again in March 2022.
Please see our 'Visiting' page for full details on how to visit safely. We really look forward to seeing you soon.
Welcome to the Bakewell Old House Museum
Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District, the Old House Museum is a Tudor dwelling. After nearly five hundred years of continuous use, the house was rescued from demolition in the 1950s. An award winning museum, it now plays host to a wide range of artefacts telling the story of the Peak District and beyond.
What stories these walls could tell! Built in the reign of Henry VIII as a tax collector's cottage, the building was expanded into a gentleman's residence in the Elizabethan period - complete with garderobe (Tudor toilet). In the Industrial Revolution, it was repurposed as mill workers' cottages, by none other than Richard Arkwright himself who had built his third cotton spinning mill in Bakewell at Lumford. The house retains surviving features from all these periods: so there are plenty of details for all architectural enthusiasts.
Our collections are as varied as the building itself. Artefacts found encased in the walls from the Tudor period, to Macedonian ceremonial swords, ceramics, textiles and costumes, toys and cameras, there's all sorts hidden away in every nook and cranny. Donated by local residents over the last sixty years, there is a story behind every one of these artefacts, linking them to this particular corner of Derbyshire. Hear these stories via interactive QR codes. All you need is your smart phone and ear phones.