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The Merchant's House

132 High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1HN
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The Merchant's House Marlborough
  • The Merchant's House Marlborough
  • The Merchant's House Marlborough
  • The Merchant's House Marlborough
  • The Merchant's House Marlborough
  • The Merchant's House Marlborough
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  • The Merchant's House, Marlborough
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About

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 (Shop open throughout the year Mon-Sat: 9.30-5.00).

House open: April to end of October on Tues / Fri / Sat.

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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

Accessibility

  • 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

2019 (1 Apr 2019 - 28 Oct 2019)
DayTimes
MondayClosed*
Tuesday10:30 - 16:00*
Wednesday - ThursdayClosed*
Friday - Saturday10:30 - 16:00*
SundayClosed*

* Groups by arrangement at other times
Guided Tour times are 10.30am / 12noon / 1.30pm / 3pm tours generally last between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 mins and include the House & Garden.

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

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Steve E
      Harpenden
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Interesting and Informative Visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 14th April 2019
      The Silk Merchants House is a very interesting and informative visit, the tour lasts about 2 hours and is conducted by one of their volunteers. The tour is conducted in a very informal and... Read full review
    • DaveT1949
      Marlborough, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      A little gem of history in the busy High Street
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 14th April 2019
      The frontage is a delightful shop, obviously in a very old part of the High Street, that acts as an entrance to the world of a silk merchant and his house from the 17th century. There is much more... Read full review
    • itsallaboutthedog
      Swindon, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Well worth a visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 13th April 2019
      Very much enjoyed our visit here today. The tour was a good 90 minutes with an enthusiastic and entertaining guide. Nice to see the process of renovation and the care that is being taken to preserve... Read full review

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