Looking to brush up on your history or a family day out when the weather turns? Here is our guide to North Devon’s museums...

Looking for a rainy day activity in North Devon?

No matter where you are, North Devon is steeped in history - can you can discover it in the region’s museums.

From surfing to barometers, the Civil War to agriculture every area is covered.

Here is out guide to North Devon’s museums:

North Devon Museum

Situated on the Square in Barnstaple, collections at the North Devon Museum include many eras, and there’s a gift shop, tearoom and tourist information centre. Entry free. Opening times from March 16 – October 31 are Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm.

Barnstaple Heritage Centre

Housed on the Strand in Barnstaple, the Heritage Centre has great entertainment for all the family. Opening times from April – October are Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Burton Art Gallery and Museum

On the edge of Victoria Park in Bideford, the Burton features a number of exhibitions, plus the Café du Parc serving coffee, cake and light lunches. Entry is free. Opening times Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm and Sundays 11am – 4pm; and during August, Monday to Saturday, opening will extend until 5pm.

Museum of British Surfing

In Caen Street car park in Braunton you’ll find this fantastic collection of surfing history through the years, celebrating British Surfing Pioneers 1890 – 2015 as its 2015 exhibition. Opening times for the summer are Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

Braunton and District Museum

This specially converted former bakehouse houses all the history of this village, from the Great Fields to Tarka the Otter. Found next to Caen Street car park. Entry is free. Opening times Monday to Friday, 10am – 3pm and Saturdays 10am – 1pm

Ilfracombe Museum

Formerly the laundry of the Ilfracombe Hotel, this curious museum is overflowing with memorabilia, from a shrunken head to collection of pickled bats. Opening times from April 28 – October 31, every day from 10am – 5pm.

Torrington Museum

In the heart of Torrington you’ll find a collection of exhibits, from Mayfair dresses to old photographs. Admission is free. Open Monday to Friday, 10.30am – 4pm and Saturdays 10.30am – 1pm.

Braunton Countryside Centre

Explore the interactive displays and learn about the amazing environment and wildlife around the Braunton area. Situated in Caen Street car park. Opening times April to October, Monday - Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

Cobbaton Combat Collection

Described as a ‘hobby which got out of hand’, visit this military museum, covering mostly World War Two and the years 1939 – 1945. Open six days a week (closed Saturday).

North Devon Maritime Museum

Overlooking Appledore’s harbour, the maritime museum offers an insight into the region’s shipbuilding and seafaring history. Opening times April 1 – October 31, daily 10.30am – 5pm (last admission 4pm).

South Molton Museum

On the ground floor of the Guildhall, the museum shows off the evolution of the town through the centuries. Opening times March 23 – November 7, Monday and Tuesday, 10.30am – 4pm and Thursday and Saturday, 10.30am – 1pm.

Combe Martin Museum

Find out about history of Combe Martin and the surrounding area, with talks and activities run regularly. Open daily in the summer, from 10.30am – 5pm.

Lynmouth Pavilion

Newly restored, the Pavilion houses the history of the Lynmouth floods, as well as information on Exmoor and a cafe. Open daily from 10am- 5pm.

Barometer World

From rare and strange barometers to conventional, mercury models, there is a lot to be discovered. Found in Merton, Barometer World is open by appointment Tuesdays to Fridays 10am to 4pm and 1st and 3rd Saturday mornings of the month, 10am - 1pm.

For more inspiration for North Devon days out, pick up a copy of our North Devon Scene magazine around North Devon.