Axminster Heritage Centre & Museum

Axminster Heritage Exhibition hall features an original 18th century loom

Entry FREE Discover Axminster: its stories from pre-history and as a major crossroads on the Roman Fosse Way, a busy agricultural market town post its1210 charter and as an important brush making centre, notably for toothbrushes. Axminster’s world famous quality carpet making business was established by Thomas Whitty and ran from 1755 to 1835. See displays of spinning, dyeing, weaving, an original 18th century loom and a beautiful 1769 Whitty carpet, televised in Michael Portillo's Great British Railway Journeys. Fittingly all this is housed in a factory Whitty built for his family business and which subsequently served the town as a court-house and a hospital.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site

Opening hours

Open Monday 3 April until Saturday 28 October.
Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday 10am – 1pm
The Centre will be closed on Sundays.

Admission charges


Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History

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Reclaim the Dye House!

  • 20 May 2017 5-8pm

Reclaim the Dye House and make merry in our new heritage space. Enjoy Pimms and pastries and explore Axminster Heritage after hours!

Suitable for

  • Any age


FREE but donations are welcome.

Axminster Heritage Centre & Museum
Thomas Whitty House
Silver Street
EX13 5AH




01297 639884

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