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 2017 — 31 October 2018 *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. It also focuses on his friends and 18th century dining

This Exhibition, now in it's second year has been developed by Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum in partnership with the Box (formally Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery), which is currently closed for the major redevelopment. This year we also have on loan a first edition of the English Dictionary, complied by Dr Samuel Johnson and a cane, presented to Johnson by his friend David Garrick, kindly loaned by the Dr Johnson's House Trust, London. We also have a period style dress on loan from the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

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.
People queuing in a walled garden for BBQ food

Museums at Night- BBQ & Open Evening

  • 19 May 2018 6-9pm

Enjoy good locally sourced BBQ food, drinks and live music from local band 'Fiddlers on the Green" all in the beautiful surroundings of the museum's walled garden. Explore the museum after hours, socialise with friends and family. What more could you possibly want!

Entrance is FREE, there is a small charge for food and drink with all proceeds going to support the museum. There is also a raffle with some great prizes.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Admission is FREE, there is a charge for food and drink. All proceeds from the event go towards supporting the work of the museum

Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum
The Old Grammar School
108 Fore Street


Cookworthy Museum website

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01548 853235

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