Bakewell Old House Museum


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About Bakewell Old House Museum

Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District and located in Bakewell, Derbyshire the Old House Museum is a Tudor dwelling. As a matter of fact, its the oldest house in Bakewell.

In the first place, it was built as a tax collectors cottage. Then, during the Elizabethan period, it was made larger and became a gentleman’s cottage. Later, during the Industrial period, it was acquired by Richard Arkwright. However, Arkwright had built his 3rd spinning mill in Bakewell so the house was re-purposed as workers cottages.

After nearly five hundred years of continuous use, although this may be true, the house was rescued from demolition in the 1950s. An award-winning museum, it now plays host to a wide range of artefacts telling the story of the Peak District and beyond.

Admission & Guided Tours

Because the Old House is run as a registered charity it is important to realize that funds must be raised for its upkeep. For this reason, there is a small Entrance fee charged (please see the website for details).

Another key point is that local volunteers often run guided tours. Likewise, this helps in funding the educational and conservational aspects of the museum.

In brief, these tours include:

  • Secrets and Legends of Ancient Bakewell
  • National Curriculum tours for schools
  • Group Tours for Societies and Organisations
  • Bakewell Children’s Trail

For the purpose of preservation the museum is recording details of what life is like during the Covid Pandemic. With this in mind, you may want to contribute. Please see the video below for more details.


  • Bakewell Old House Museum
  • Cunningham Place
    DE45 1DD

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