Totnes Elizabethan House Museum

Totnes Elizabethan House & Museum is located in a beautifully restored 16th Century merchant’s house.

The building is a Grade One listed building of considerable importance. From the size and quality of the house, it is obvious that the owner would have been very propserous.

The period from the mid-1500s to the mid-1600s was a time of great wealth for Totnes. It was the foremost town in Devon after Exeter and was assessed the sixteenth richest town in England. This wealth was built mainly on the export of local woollen products, leather and tin from Dartmoor together with the import of a variety of goods and luxury products.

Totnes Elizabethan House & Museum is contained within an authentic Elizabethan merchant’s house, which retains many features dating back to that period. The collections relate to the social, cultural, and economic history of Totnes, and include a room dedicated to the life and work of Charles Babbage.

The museum is housed with an Elizabethan merchant's house that was built c.1575 for the Kelland family.

Open March to October.


  • 70 Fore Street
  • Totnes
  • Devon
  • TQ9 5RU