Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum

Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum
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A stunning 13th Century Grade 1 listed building, Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum boasts a treasure trove of instruments for your enjoyment

With over 120 sets of pipes on display from across Europe – including decorative sets from Scotland, Spain, Italy, France, Estonia and beyond – let us take you on a musical journey.

It is home to the extensive collection of master clock maker and pipe enthusiastic, William Alfred Cocks, a set of bagpipes said to have belonged to King Louis XIV of France, a miniature set made for Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and pipes from the Jacobite Rising.

Alongside our amazing displays, visitors can also watch the museum come to life with regular live musical performances, ‘Learn to Play in a Day’ and ‘Meet the Piper’ sessions – fun for all the family. It’s a hive of creative activity, the Northern Poetry Library and Craft Centre are also located in the building.

The chantry is an attraction in its own right. Did you know that in days gone by, local townspeople had to pay the local priest a toll to cross the river? You can still see the foundations of the town’s Medieval bridge in the river!

It’s a little-known fact that the building is also home to the oldest window in Morpeth too.

Be sure to visit the Peace Garden on your next visit. It was inspired by the ‘Father of English Botany’ William Turner, who studied in the chantry building back when it was a local grammar school in the 16th Century.

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Opening hours

Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Admission charges

Free admission

Collection details


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

Matt Stokes: A Traveller and A Shepherd

  • 20 July — 22 September 2019

Over the past year we have been working closely with artist Matt Stokes to explore and reveal hidden stories from our unique Northumberland museum places, collections and people.

Through this major commission, Stokes’ research has drawn out narrative threads that tie Museums Northumberland’s stories together in unexpected ways.

A Traveller And A Shepherd: Explore the lighter side of Northumberland’s unique musical instruments, the Northumberland Pipes, at Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Membership is required for entry onto the museum site. Membership is valid for 12 months and includes unlimited return visits.

Membership Prices for Woodhorn Museum:
Adult: £7.00 (Multiple adult purchased at the same time: £6.50).
Concession (OAP and student) £6.00
Children 16 and under are admitted free at all Museums Northumberland venues.

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.
Morpeth piping

The Chantry Lasses Informal Performance

  • 7 August 2019 2-3pm
  • 4 September 2019 2-3pm
  • 2 October 2019 2-3pm
  • 6 November 2019 2-3pm

Enjoy an informal performance and a chance to talk to the performers about this special instrument and its heritage.

Northumberland is the only county with its own instrument. Enjoy this informal opportunity to hear the delicate sound of the Northumbrian small pipes and meet The Chantry Lasses, Maureen Davison and Lynn Nicholson. Find out how they work, chat about the music and the history, and learn about a very special part of Northumberland’s heritage in an enjoyable and relaxed setting.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Northumbrian Pipers' Society

Northumbrian Pipers' Society

  • 20 July 2019 2-3:30pm
  • 17 August 2019 2-3:30pm
  • 21 September 2019 2-3:30pm
  • 19 October 2019 2-3:30pm
  • 16 November 2019 2-3:30pm

Enjoy an opportunity to hear the Northumbrian pipes and to talk to players about this special instrument and its heritage.

Visitors are most welcome to drop in to the regular gathering of the Northumbrian Pipers Society. You’ll find the pipers more than happy to show how Northumberland’s unique instrument works and let you hear the very delicate sound it produces. Enjoy a relaxed chat with the experts and find out how this proud musical tradition flourishes today.

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Bagpipe Beasties

Bagpipe Beasties

  • 22 July 2019 11am-12:30pm
  • 29 July 2019 11am-12:30pm
  • 5 August 2019 11am-12:30pm
  • 12 August 2019 11am-12:30pm
  • 19 August 2019 11am-12:30pm
  • 26 August 2019 11am-12:30pm
  • 2 September 2019 11am-12:30pm
  • 9 September 2019 11am-12:30pm
  • 16 September 2019 11am-12:30pm

Create your own curious pipe creature or a bagpipe book. This family friendly art activity by artist Bethan Maddocks is inspired by the Bagpipe Museum and the ‘A Traveller and a Shepherd’ installation.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum
Bridge Street
NE61 1PD

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