Bakewell Museum

...taking a look into the past

This fascinating old house contains a wonderful collection of items from the Bakewell area, displayed to show aspects of local and social history in this part of Derbyshire.


The history of the House itself goes back to 1534, and in its early days it was the home of a tax (or tithe) collector for the Gell family. By the late 18th century, Richard Arkwright had opened one of his early water powered mills in Bakewell at Lumford. He was looking for accommodation for his mill workers, and bought the Old House to convert into cottages.


The museum houses 11 beamed rooms with some with massive Tudor fireplaces. The building incorporates a Victorian kitchen, a wheelwright and a smithy. Cobblers corner, agricultural and woodworking tools. Other rooms have Ashford Marble, lace, toys, china and large collection of cameras and photographs.

The magnificent beamed room, The Solar, displays some of the museums magnificent costume collection.


Special favourites:

When you visit the toy room, look out for The Stern Schoolmistress!

See how housework used to be done in Pitt's Kitchen.

A favourite exhibit - the oldest inside toilet in Bakewell - The Garderobe.

The wonderful Ashford Marble table top on display.

The history of The Famous Bakewell Pudding.

We have a large collection of cameras, and a good collection of local photographs, not all of which can be displayed.

For fashion enthusiasts we have a fascinating costume collection that ranges from early nineteenth century through to the 1930s. Come and choose your favourite party dress!

We also have a good collection of lace.


Check the museum’s website for opening times and admission charges.


Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015