Bygones Torquay

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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£9.75 per ticket
Child (3 - 14 years)£7.00 per ticket
Child under 3 FreeFree
Concession: Senior Citizen/Student£8.25 per ticket
Disabled Vistors & Carers£7.00 per ticket
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)£29.50 per ticket
Group - 15 people or more£7.00 per ticket
Wheelchair access to GF only£3.50 per ticket

Coach parties - telephone for details
Credit and debit cards accepted

Opening Times

Bygones (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

* April, May, June, July 10 am till 5 last entry at 4 pm
August 10 till 6 last entry at 5 - Thursday evenings last entry 8.30 pm for closing at 9 pm
September, October 10 am till last entry at 4 pm
Nov and Dec 10 till 4 pm last entry at 3 pm
Special children’s events Easter ,May half term, Summer holidays ,Halloween and Christmas

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Events

9th July 2018 - 9th Sept 2018

Super Summer TrailSuper Summer Trail 9 July- 9 September 2018 This year we have introduced a quiz section to test your Victorian Trivia! Search for Albert the dog, Victoria the Cat and Edward the 'Hare' to the Throne, have a go at answering the questions and claim your treat at reception. Normal entry prices apply.
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9th July 2018 - 9th Sept 2018

Super Summer Trail - BygonesSuper Summer Trail 9 July- 9 September 2018 This year we have introduced a quiz section to test your Victorian Trivia! Search for Albert the dog, Victoria the Cat and Edward the 'Hare' to the Throne, have a go at answering the questions and claim your treat at reception. Normal entry prices apply.
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2nd Aug 2018 - 30th Aug 2018

Mystery of the Body in the Parlour
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2nd Aug 2018 - 30th Aug 2018

Mystery of the Body in the Parlour - BygonesMystery of the body in the parlour… The lady of the house, Lady Selcome has been murdered… spot the suspects, ponder over the clues and come to your own conclusion! Take a photo of the accused and post your reasoning on our social media: Facebook- Bygones Torquay /Twitter- @Bygones_Torquay to be...
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20th Oct 2018 - 28th Oct 2018

Halloween Hunt - BygonesStep in to 1897 Spooky Style (don’t worry it’s not too scary!) Complete your activity to avoid a trick and get a treat! Normal entry prices apply
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1st Dec 2018 - 24th Dec 2018

26th Dec 2018 - 31st Dec 2018

Victorian Christmas - BygonesFrom December 1st Bygones is transformed for a traditional Victorian Christmas, with a real 12ft Christmas tree, St Nicholas’ workshop and the man himself will be making an appearance on special dates (please see our website for further information). There will also be an activity for children to...
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17th Dec 2018 - 24th Dec 2018

Visit Father Christmas - Bygones'In the lead up to Christmas in December we will be having a Gingerbread Decoration weekend and the chance to have breakfast/lunch with Santa (pre-booking essential)- further details will be added to our website nearer the time.
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16th Feb 2019 - 24th Feb 2019

Half-Term Coin Mystery - BygonesFebruary Half-Term Victorian Coin Hunt- spot all the coins hidden in the shops and rooms to claim your chocolate coin treat at reception. Normal entry prices apply
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Recent Reviews:

  • anthony t
    Caerphilly, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Small museum
    5 of 5 stars
    14th Aug 2018
    Some nice exhibits from days gone by , very interesting themes on the Victorian age plus WW1 and 2 Exhibits Read full review
  • thelocalbigdog
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Great little place for histoey
    4 of 5 stars
    13th Aug 2018
    I really enjoyed this place for a bit of living history. My little girl who is 4 wasn’t keen. Bit scared of the statues. But that couldn’t be helped. It would be good for children who are primary age... Read full review
  • Peter E
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Good family attraction.
    4 of 5 stars
    13th Aug 2018
    If you have a couple of hours and kids using the board word it's a great place to visit. It's enjoyable and has something for everyone and is decent value for money. Read full review

Special Offers

  • 20% discount for Bay locals.

    Every Friday throughout 2018, Bygones is offering 20% discount off the standard ticket price for anyone with a TQ postcode. Simply show a proof of address at the Bygones ticket desk to benefit from this lovely local offer.

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  • 2 for 1 entry for British Armed Forces.
    Throughout the year, serving members of the British Armed Forces and their families, benefit from 2 for 1 entry (cheapest entry free). Please bring proof of forces ID.

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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
  • Min group size - 15
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Parking & Transport

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

Payment Methods

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • 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.
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Registered address 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon, England, TQ2 5JG.
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