King John's Hunting Lodge - National Trust

View of a black and white Tudor frame building
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There has been a museum in Axbridge for many years; the first was established by what is now the Axbridge Archaeological and Local History Society, using its own collections and those of Axbridge Town Trust. From 1974 onwards it was managed, in 'King John's Hunting Lodge', by Sedgemoor District Council, but in 2001 management of the museum was transferred to a newly-established museum trust. This trust was supported financially by Sedgemoor District Council, but that is likely to end in 2011, so it will be dependent on entrance fees, sponsorship, donations and shop sales to help maintain its programme of exhibitions, publications and events.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

Due to the loss of local government grant funding this year, we have had to introduce a small charge for 2011 to cover running costs.
Adults will be charged £2:50 per head.
There will still be no charge for children under 16, accompanied by an adult.
Although we enjoy the use of a National Trust building, we do pay rental to them for its use and it will, therefore, be necessary for National Trust members to pay the above charge as well.

The museum aims to illustrate the history, geology and community of Axbridge and the surrounding area (the area of the old Axbridge Rural District Council, which included many neighbouring villages such as Cheddar, Wedmore, Mark and Winscombe). There is a core of long-term and permanent exhibits, reviewed regularly for possible changes, updates, and revised displays and information, and there is a programme of temporary exhibitions to reflect many aspects of local life and heritage. The museum shop offers a variety of items of local interest, especially relating to the history of the area.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History

King John's Hunting Lodge - National Trust
The Square
BS26 2WA




01934 732 012


01278 444 076

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