Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum

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The Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum is an independent museum, founded in 1971. It is housed in the Grade II listed 17th century former Grammar School, a well-known landmark in Kingsbridge.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

March-September Mon-Sat 1030-1700 Last entry 1630
Closed Sun
October Mon-Sat 1030-1600 Last entry 1530
Closed Sun
Open all year round
Mon-Thurs 1000-1300
Wed 1000-1600
or by appointment

Admission charges

Adults: £2.50
Children: £1.00
Concessions: £2.00
Family ticket: £6.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children)


  • Museums Association

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Medicine, Archives, Science and Technology, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

William Cookworthy: Pioneer of Porcelain

  • 27 March — 28 October 2017 *on now

The exhibition aims to tell the story of the man behind the porcelain legend.

Kingsbridge-born William Cookworthy (1705-1780) found china clay deposits in Cornwall which he used to manufacture the UK’s first true hard paste porcelain, setting up the first factory in England to make it in Plymouth in 1768.

The exhibition will highlight Cookworthy’s links with the local area, his Quaker faith and showcase objects from the factory.

This brand new exhibition has been developed by the Cookworthy Museum in partnership with Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, which is currently closed for the major redevelopment of the Plymouth History Centre.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £3, Concessions £2.50, Children under 16 FREE. This includes entry to the rest of the museum.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Guests queuing up for BBQ food

Museums at Night- Open Evening and BBQ

  • 20 May 2017 6-9pm

Come and join us for Museums at Night and explore the Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum after hours with good food, activities throughout the museum and gardens, and live music. A great social opportunity with friends and family. We have a BBQ with locally sourced real ale, wine, cider, soft drinks and Salcombe Dairy Ice Cream in our lovely walled garden (weather permitting). It's a wonderful social evening with live music. Plus a great chance to see our new exhibition in partnership with the Plymouth History centre: "William Cookworthy: Pioneer of Porcelain." Come and discover another side to the Museum.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Admission is FREE. There is a small charge for Food and Drink. A vegetarian option will be available. All proceeds support the museum in preserving and sharing the history of the South Hams and its people.

Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum
The Old Grammar School
108 Fore Street


Cookworthy Museum website

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01548 853235

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