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)£7.25 per ticket
Concession: Senior Citizen/Student£8.75 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 2018 - 31 Dec 2019)

* 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

20th July 2019 - 9th Sept 2019

Super Summer Trail, Bygones, Torquay, DevonSuper Summer TrailOur Super Summer Trail here at Bygones commences when school's out! 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. And don't forget we have late night…
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1st Dec 2019 - 24th Dec 2019

26th Dec 2019 - 31st Dec 2019

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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Recent Reviews:

  • McDsX4
    England, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Absolutely fantastic
    5 of 5 stars
    18th Aug 2019
    Spent a few hours today in this fantastic museum. From the sounds and smells to displays and victorian street. The world war areas were very informative and we had a real insight to how things were... Read full review
  • marooney90
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Family
    Great Rainy Day Attraction
    4 of 5 stars
    19th Aug 2019
    Went here last Wednesday when the weather was a bit poor. The museum was really interesting and the quiz sheet they give you to go round with really kept my stepdaughter interested. Would definitely... Read full review
  • NorthSomersetMike
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Well worth a visit
    5 of 5 stars
    19th Aug 2019
    Been meaning to go here for years and finally made it. Ideal for a wet day though can get a little crowded at peak times. It is very well laid out and the items collected from bygone eras are truly... Read full review

Special Offers

  • 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. 20% off for Veterans with ID.

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  • 20% discount for Bay locals.

    Every Friday & Saturday throughout 2019, 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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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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Registered address 5 Vaughan Parade, Torquay, Devon, England, TQ2 5JG.
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