Bygones Torquay

Museum

Fore Street, St Marychurch, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 4PR

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Wander back in time, starting towards the end of Queen Victoria’s reign. Visit our authentic life-size Victorian Street filled with all original items. See the Blacksmith hard at work making horseshoes. He is a valuable master of his trade, the equivalent of a highly skilled mechanic today. Smell the treats of the Sweetshop that would have been made fresh every morning on site. Listen to the hustle and bustle of everyday living, immerse yourself in Victorian life.

See the lady having a new outfit tailor made in the Milliners with lace, silk and luxurious velvet all to choose from. In contrast, the 10 year old boy selling hot chestnuts from his portable brazier to earn money for his family to eat. He is wearing his only change of clothes that he has almost grown out of.

On the next level, imagine yourself in the nursery as the Nanny employed to look after 6 young children from an upper-middle class family. In the nursery, children would play with expensive toys, bathe and even start their education before being sent to private school.

Peer at the kitchen, in the servant quarters, it is filled with household appliances (some obscure, some you may remember your grandparents using!) Cook is exhausted from having carried the groceries back from the village for the week ahead.

If you were unlucky enough to have tooth ache, you might want to take a tot of Whisky before visiting the dentist with his foot-operated drill!

Upstairs, take a break in our Station Café for a range of cakes, refreshments, High Teas and more.

Marvel over our completely refurbished model railway. The display is designed to evoke thought and remembrance of the First and Second World Wars.

 

Take a thought-provoking walk through our recreated WWI trench, imagine your ancestors on the front line or taking cover in a WWII Anderson Shelter. Travel from the Peninsular War and Battle of Trafalgar through the Victorian campaigns and WWI & WWII to the Falklands in 1982. With a vast collection of medals, uniform, militaria, can you spot the Boer War Christmas tin issued by Queen Victoria to our troops in 1900 still with its original contents?

Don’t miss the 1950’s and 60’s shopping arcade filled with post-war packaging and household items.

Bygones is three floors of pure nostalgia for ALL the family.

We are dog-friendly throughout so please bring your four-legged friends with you! We run seasonal children’s activities (see our website for more detail) and our Victorian Christmas runs throughout December. We have a souvenir gift shop selling confectionary, traditional toys & games, retro items and even popular merchandise including Harry Potter and Game of Thrones! Please see our website for the online shop! 

 

One of the main questions we are asked is how it all began…

Back in the 1980s, an obsession with railwayana and the spontaneous purchase of a 27-ton railway tank engine sparked the need for a bigger venue. As good fortune would have it, the old cinema had become available in St. Marychurch and the Cuming family bravely took the plunge to turn their hobby into a business. They decided to combine their interests in railways and objects from the past, and invite the public to come and visit the collections. Bygones was born.

The next main question we are asked is how we managed to get the steam engine inside! You’ll have to come in to Bygones to find out!

A completely unique venue for a Birthday parties (child or adult!), corporate events and group and bespoke guided tours.   

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£9.95 per ticket
Child (3 - 14 years)£7.25 per ticket
Concession: Senior Citizen/Student£8.95 per ticket
Disabled Vistors & Carers£7.00 per ticket
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)£29.95 per ticket
Group - 15 people or more£7.00 per ticket
Wheelchair access to GF only£3.50 per ticket

Coach parties/groups 15+ - telephone for details 01803 326108
Credit and debit cards accepted

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
Bygones (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* Jan/Feb/Mar 10am-4pm
Apr/May/Jun/Jul 10am-5pm
Aug 10am-6pm
Thursdays in Aug 10am-9pm
Sep/Oct 10am-5pm
Nov/Dec 10am-4pm
LAST ENTRY IS ALWAYS 1 HOUR BEFORE CLOSING.
Special children’s events Easter ,May half term, Summer holidays ,Halloween and Christmas

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Events

2nd Apr 2020 - 16th Apr 2020

Easter Holidays Egg Hunt - Bygones, Torquay, DevonCANCELLED - Easter Holidays Egg Hunt - BygonesEASTER HOLIDAYS Egg Hunt- Hunt for the eggs hidden across the bottom two levels, find them all to claim your own! Extension quiz available too! Normal entry prices apply. BYGONES IS AN INDEPENDENT ATTRACTION, CREATED AND RUN BY THREE GENERATIONS OF THE CUMING FAMILY - BUT HOW DID IT ALL…
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31st May 2020 - 7th June 2020

VE Day 75th Anniversary Quiz - BygonesMAY HALF TERM VE Day 75th Anniversary Quiz. The annual Teddy Bears Picnic is still on so bring yours along too if you like! Spot all 10 hidden teddies and complete the quiz for a sweet treat! Normal entry prices apply. Call into the English Riviera Visitor Information Centre and collect an…
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22nd July 2020 - 2nd Sept 2020

Super Summer TrailSUMMER HOLIDAYS- SUPER SUMMER TRAIL Test your Victorian trivia knowledge and spot Albert, Victoria and Edward who are hiding in the shops and rooms! Complete the activity to claim your sweet treat. Normal entry prices apply. 3 floors of pure nostalgia, from the Victorian age, through both World…
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24th Oct 2020 - 1st Nov 2020

Spooky Fun! October Half Term at Bygones, English RivieraSpooky Fun! OCTOBER HALF TERMSpooky Fun! OCTOBER HALF TERM Halloween Hunt Bygones always has some extra residents in October but don't worry they aren't THAT spooky! There will be a hunt and a riddle to complete to claim your treat... watch out along the way as you never know who you might meet! Normal entry applies
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1st Dec 2020 - 24th Dec 2020

26th Dec 2020 - 31st Dec 2020

Victorian Christmas, Bygones, Torquay, DevonVictorian Christmas - BygonesVICTORIAN CHRISTMAS 1 - 31 December 2020 Join us in 1897 with special lighting, decorations, a 12-foot tree and a special festive hunt. Normal entry applies. - Santa will be arriving on the Bygones Express! Visit him a week early in his grotto (he's checking out everything is in order in advance…
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Recent Reviews:

  • sammeyd2019
    Pontypridd, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Trip down memory lane
    5 of 5 stars
    14th Mar 2020
    Fantastic place to come, play and see the olden days toys, clothing and so much more. The staff were super friendly, the place was clean and tidy. A guy was in the middle on building a model railway... Read full review
  • BethanJones94
    Bracknell, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Lovely Gem in Devon
    5 of 5 stars
    14th Mar 2020
    I originally visited here when I was a lot younger and still remembered it when I returned. Every single item in here is authentic, nothing is a copy. This is what makes Bygones so stand out to most... Read full review
  • 574PaulS574
    Launceston, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Great morning spent here.
    5 of 5 stars
    15th Mar 2020
    Visited with our 10yr old niece. I wasn't sure if she would like it but i needn't have worried, she loved it. Especially the WW1 trench and exhibits. We spent about two hours wandering the victorian... Read full review

Directions

Road Directions

From Torquay Harbourside, turn left at the clock tower and follow the Babbacombe Road to St Marychurch and Bygones is situated on your right hand side after the public car park.

Public Transport Directions

Stagecoach bus no 22 from Torquay Strand (Debenhams) to St Marychurch.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access - Ground floor only

Attraction Facilities

  • Shop
  • Tea Rooms

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant - Tea room for 50 max, serving light refreshments. Limited hot snacks.

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Indoor Attraction
  • Max group size - 50
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - Car Park close by with charges

Payment Methods

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Min group size - 15
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.Groups by arrangement.

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This Official Tourism Website is managed by the English Riviera BID Company Ltd.
Company number 10237792.
Registered address 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon, England, TQ2 5JG.
Telephone 01803 211211 enquiries@englishrivierabid.co.uk

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