The Merchant's House

132 High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1HN
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  • The Merchant's House Marlborough
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  • The Merchant's House Marlborough
  • The Merchant's House Marlborough
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The Merchant’s House has re-opened to visitors.

Free-Flow visits will be in operation on Wednesdays and Saturdays, when the museum and selected rooms in the house will be open (£5 per person, children free). Tours will be on Thursdays and Fridays for full tours of the house with a guide (£10 per person, children free). For more information, please refer to the website.


The House of Thomas Bayly was built following the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653. Over the years 1653-1700 a fine timber and brick building was constructed, its interior panelled, brilliant with wall paintings and with a commanding oak staircase. A substantial amount of this fabric survives and hidden painted decoration is still being revealed.

Many of us are familiar with homes of the aristocracy; here is a rare opportunity to view a 17th century house of the type many of us might have lived in. Thomas was a prosperous silk mercer whose lifestyle is reflected in the spacious and elegant rooms on show.

The house is a living place. Throughout the season there are demonstrations of costume making, needlework and historic paint conservation. Musicians often play music appropriate to the period.

The conservation that is still taking place makes the Merchant's House a special and unusual visitor attraction. Each year more of its splendours are being revealed and many visitors return regularly to view progress on the project.

There is a shop within The Merchant's House stocking a wide range of gifts to suit all ages and occasions.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - Adult£7.50 per ticket
Under 16s - Child£1.00 per ticket

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

Map & Directions

Road Directions

The main A4 London to Bath road runs through Marlborough - 30 miles from Bath and 75 miles from London. Use one of the town's many convenient car parks.

Public Transport Directions

There are regular bus services to Marlborough from surrounding towns and villages.



  • Facilities for the Disabled - stair lift to the first floor however the building has uneven floors and low ceilings throughout
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp / Level Access - some areas

Establishment Features

  • Open all year
  • Shop

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route
  • Parking (charge) - town centre car parks

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - one hour
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times - House by appointment only. Shop open regular hours.
  • Visa accepted - Accepted in Shop
  • Visa Debit accepted

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Please book in advance
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals - Tues, Fri & Sat from 1st April to 31 Oct

Opening Times

Shop Opening Hours (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00

* Pre-booked House and Garden guided tours available on Saturday at either 11 am, 1 pm or 2.30 pm and need to be pre-booked on the website. Additional tours may be available at other times. Please contact us either via the website or telephone the Trust Office on 01672 511491 if you have any questions.

Groups by arrangement at other times.
Guided tours generally last between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 mins and include the House & Garden.



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