Lostwithiel Museum

Lostwithiel Museum

The museum is housed in a listed Georgian building on Fore Street: it was originally the Corn Exchange and has also been a school-room, a butchers, then a magistrate's court and the town jail - nowadays the building houses the Guildhall above the museum. The museum was founded in 1972, and is now is now a fully accredited museum and a registered charity, run entirely by volunteers.

Lostwithiel was founded in the twelfth century by the Norman lords who lived in Restormel Castle. The town prospered as the centre for the administration, testing and export of tin. Lostwithiel grew in importance becoming the county town of Cornwall and home to the county's most significant port.

Visit website

  • 18thC Merryweather Fire Engine

    This is the largest exhibit in the museum. It was originally given to the town by the Earl Edgcumbe

  • Law and Order

    This cabinet houses the stocks used in the town during the 18/19thC. Also on display are items from local policing and Cornwall Constabulary.

  • Model/toy of World War 1 Field Ambulance

    This is a small but charming primitive toy.

  • Pottery Display Case

    A mixed display case showing pottery and domestic items.

Admission & prices


Lostwithiel Museum opens on 4th April 2022 and will close on 28th October 2022.

Opening hours are 10.30 am to 4.30 pm Mondays to Fridays, We also aim to open on Saturday mornings.

Opening hours depend upon the availability of volunteers. We often open for local events and festivals during our closed period.

Pre-booked visits can also be arranged.

Admission is free - but donations are welcomed.

Find us

Turn off the A390 road at the traffic light controlled pedestrian crossing into Fore Street (a one way street). The museum is a few yards down the road on the right. Limited street parking throughout the town. Free parking in the town car-park.


  • Wheelchair access
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

*Parking in the street, quayside and free town car-park. Lots of independent shops in the town.

* We sell a number of our own publications.

* The main room is fully accessible, but the rear room has limited access.

*Children's dressing-up box.


Every Monday morning from 4th April 2022 through to 31st October 2022 there is a guided walk at 11.00 am starting from the Community Centre. The duration of the walk is about 90 minutes. Cost £4 per person.

No booking is necessary, however ths size of the group may be limited depending upon current COVID-19 regulations. Check our website www.lostwithielmuseum.org for latest details. Just pay your guide on joining the group.

The guides are part of the museum volunteer team. All of the money raised is spent on maintaining and improving our small museum.

The museum has a strong emphasis on local social history.

Copies of photographs may be ordered, except for a few copyrighted items.

16 Fore Street
PL22 0BW

T: 01208 872303
E: info@lostwithielmuseum.org

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Lostwithiel Museum

16 Fore Street
Lostwithiel, CORNWALL PL22 0BW