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Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre

10 Market Place, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 3HF
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Tel01249 705020

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Front of Chippenham Museum
  • Front of Chippenham Museum
  • View of the ground floor gallery
  • Activity day in the museum garden
  • The Yelde Hall
  • Children's activities
  • Museum garden
  • Outside the Yelde Hall
  • Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre

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Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre is housed in a fine 18th century grade II listed building.

The displays tell the story of the historic market town from prehistoric times up until the present day.

Visitors can discover more about the history of the town, its villages and the local area through the extensive collections and by meeting some of the former residents as they guide you through history.

The ground floor includes displays on Saxon Chippenham, Alfred the Great and Brunel’s railway. The first floor galleries display aspects of trade and industry and the effects of war on the town’s people. Also see a working model of a flourmill, temporary exhibition area, historic street panoramas, costumes and a children’s activity table.

There is a full programme of temporary exhibitions, children’s activities, walks , talks and special events.

Why not also visit the historic council chamber situated on the first floor of the medieval Yelde Hall nearby. Be transported back to 1816 to experience a lively Council meeting debating the end of the Napoleonic war and the decline of the weaving trade. The Hall also has a changing programme of exhibitions and special events.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Unit 1 - Free AdmissionFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

• Follow the brown tourist signs for Bowood House from the motorway into the town centre. Do not follow brown signs to the Swindon and Wiltshire History Centre! • On seeing the railway arches, get into the right-hand lane and follow the road marked Calne/Bath/A4 under the right-hand arch. • Follow the blue 'P' parking sign for Borough Parade and Emery Gate, and the brown "Angel Hotel" signs. • Turn left into Gladstone Road and go over the river bridge. • On the first left you will find the Borough Parade car park which is pay and display or • Continue past the car park entrance and the back of the Angel Hotel • Turn Left down River Street ( opposite the Gladstone Public House) • And first left again into car park next to the library. There is limited parking here

Public Transport Directions

Directions from the Railway Station The Museum is a 10 minute walk from the station • On leaving the station turn right down the hill towards the town centre ( Cocklebury Rd /Station Road on map) • Turn right down New Road and over the bridge • Continue onto High Street ( Closed to traffic) • The Museum is situation in the Market Place past the Buttercross and next to the Angel Hotel Direction from the Bus Station The museum is right next to the bus station in the town Market Place


Children & Infants

  • Accept Children 3+

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Open all year
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wireless internet (WiFi) connection available

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - For disabled

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 2hrs including a visit to the Yelde Hall
  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.Not on Sun.
  • Max group size - 30
  • Min group size - 5
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed Towards Students / Youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals
  • Guided Tours Compulsory for Individuals

Opening Times

2019 (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00*

* Yelde Hall: Open by arrangement

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change



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    Recent Reviews:

    • j0hnj01947
      Chippenham, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      interesting place.
      4 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 20th March 2019
      After a warm welcome at front of building you can wander a round looking at all that interests you , its well maintained and has helpful staff. Read full review
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Very interesting museum.
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 17th February 2019
      My personal connection with Chippenham only goes as far back to the 1970's, when as children we were brought to Monkton Park open air swimming pool during the summer. This delightful museum is free... Read full review
    • elsmitty
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Very interesting
      4 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 16th February 2019
      This is a small museum of local history, and has some quite interesting displays. Has a 200 year old decorated bowl and some interesting artefacts from the two wars. Worth a visit Read full review

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