Public announcement- 

We are set to open on May 17th!

When we reopen-

Following government advice and the latest local authority and visitor attraction guidelines, we have worked hard to carefully re-open Bygones Covid securely.

Here is what you need to know:

Among other measures, our booking system helps manage the number of guests we have visiting at any one time, which allows you to choose a date and arrival time. 

If we become too busy, we may ask visitors to queue until we can safely let everyone inside.

There is no need to pay in advance as all payments can be made at our reception desk upon arrival.

Pre bookings can be made but walk in’s welcome when not fully booked.

Payment welcome by cash or card.

Every individual over 16 has to provide contact details and masks to be worn (unless exempt ) 

 Our Cafe is open however toilets remain closed due to the one way system. 

Sadly at this time, due to the layout of our museum and to ensure all of our visitors remain socially distanced, wheelchairs and pushchairs cannot be accommodated. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thanks for your understanding

In line with government policy, face coverings must be worn in our shop and to enter the attraction.

Here is what you need to know:

Temporary changes to your visit-

-We will operate a new reduced maximum capacity.

-Whilst there is no need to pre-book tickets, at times when the capacity is reached we will operate a one in one out system. It tends to be quieter at the beginning and end of the day.

-A new one-way system has been created and social distancing boxes marked throughout.

-Some displays will be roped off or re-arranged.

-Hand sanitising stations will be available.

-Staff trained for minimum contact and issued with PPE.

-Enhanced cleaning procedures in place.

-Contactless payments are encouraged but we will still accept cash payments.

-The café is open however toilets will remain closed at this time.

-Opening hours may vary from published leaflets which were circulated before the pandemic. Please refer to the website or telephone us for latest information.

-Whilst the one-way system is in place ground-floor entrance only will not be possible.

-Wheelchair access unfortunately is not possible at this time.

-Pushchairs cannot be taken inside, please leave in your car if possible as storage is minimal.

-To protect our staff and visitors you should not visit us if you or anyone in your household have symptoms of Cov-19.

-We will monitor these conditions regularly and amend as necessary.

Thank you for your understanding.

(Events below temporarily suspended) 

Bygones runs a seasonal programme of events with a focus on fun family friendly activities. One more excuse to become Bygones Members so you can attend all of our events!

2021 will feature events including:

Take a sneak peak tour by watching our video...

Up Next... (events details pending further government advice)

Join us in 1897 with special lighting, decorations, a 12-foot tree and a special festive hunt. Normal entry applies.
PLUS DON'T MISS in 2021... 
Father Christmas Special Event (pre-booking essential).
 Breakfast & Lunch with Santa
This includes entry to Bygones, your breakfast or lunch! (Continental breakfast and a selection of light bites sweet and savoury for lunch). And a present from Santa himself (worth approx £6+).
Under 3's are free- present from Santa for little ones will be a  small extra charge.
Pre-booking essential!! Call us on 01803 326108 or email info@bygones.co.uk
Victorian Living Quiz!
 Claim your treat at reception. 
Normal entry prices apply.
Egg Hunt-
Hunt for the eggs hidden across the bottom two levels, find them all to claim your own! 
Normal entry prices apply.
The annual Teddy Bears Picnic is still on so bring yours along too if you like!
Spot all 10 hidden teddies and complete the quiz for a sweet treat!
Normal entry prices apply.
 Test your Victorian trivia knowledge and spot Albert, Victoria and Edward who are hiding in the shops and rooms! 
Complete the activity to claim your sweet treat.
Normal entry prices apply.
Halloween Hunt
Bygones always has some extra residents in October but don't worry they aren't THAT spooky! 
There will be a hunt and a riddle to complete to claim your treat... watch out along the way as you never know who you might meet!
 Normal entry applies


We are pleased to be partners with Saints Southwest, be sure to check out their courses which run throughout the year. If you sign up with them you will benefit from a Bygones discount too!


We are now offering a bespoke tour of the museum for a chance to hear the journey from first purchasing the steam engine and now 30 years on! A unique opportunity to discover how a collector’s hobby evolved into a family business. The tour will enable guests further access to the shops within the Victorian street and to handle a variety of antiques learning of their origin and how we came to acquire them! If your interest is more within the military history a similar opportunity to view militia artefacts can be tailored to your group. This tour is available for pre-bookings of an evening 6pm-7pm start onwards for a minimum of 10 people (maximum 20). The museum will be open exclusively for your group. The rate per person is £19.95 including a glass of prosecco, wine, beer or cider! The guided experience will last 1.5 hours with plenty of question and answer opportunities. After the tour you are free to explore the rest of the museum at your leisure. Enquire within, email or give us a call to discuss this opportunity.

"It's an eye opener, brilliant!"
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Don't forget we have an online shop, we sell lots of items we have in our shop, retro, tins, metal signs, puzzles, games, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter merchandise and more!