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Welcome to Beccles and District Museum.

We are now closed for the winter

In 2020 the Museum is open to the general public from Wednesday 1st April until Saturday 31st October inclusive. The Museum is closed for the winter from the 1st November.

During our season we are open Tuesdays to Sundays from 1:45pm until 4:30pm. We are normally closed on Mondays, but expect to open on Bank Holiday Mondays between 1:45pm to 4:30pm. (please note that May bank holiday Monday has moved to Friday this year)

Entry to the Museum is FREE, but donations are very much appreciated. The Museum relies heavily on donations to maintain the Museum's collection, to run the building and to keep it open to the public.



The Museum is not open on a routine basis over the winter months (November to March) but it does remain available to researchers, and we continue to take school and group bookings throughout the winter. For research visits and group bookings please contact the Curator at


The Museum is located in Ballygate, Beccles. It is a short walk from St Michael's Church and its tower, which dominate the centre of town. With your back to the church, walk past the Swan House Inn on your left and then past Barclays Bank also on your left, taking you into Ballygate. 400 metres up Ballygate on the right hand side you will see the flint-fronted Grade 1 listed 16th Century building, Leman House, that accommodates the Museum. The Street Map shows the location in relation to other parts of the town.

If arriving by train or by boat, it is possible to walk from the railway station and from Beccles Quay on the River Waveney.

Once at the Museum building, enter the garden through the pedestrian gate off the pavement and walk round to the back of the building, where you will see the porch and entrance.


For anyone unable to manage the three steps into the museum entrance we have a seperate disabled entrance, please ring the door bell and a Steward will open the door. Once in the museum there is a lift that circumvents the short flight of steps down to the School Room. There is a toilet adapted for disabled use.


We welcome group visits and it is possible to arrange group visits in or out of normal opening hours, subject to staffing. We can accommodate groups of up to 25 people. We find that groups usually spend about an hour in the Museum. Please contact the Museum in advance to make a booking so that we can make the necessary arrangements to ensure your visit is enjoyable and successful.