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Welcome to Beccles and District Museum.

The museum is open on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday until the end of September, subject to government regulations.

Due to limited museum space visitor numbers will be limited to six at any one time, and entrance will be on a first come first served basis. There are benches outside in the garden that people could use while waiting. Masks will be expected to be worn where possible and social distancing observed as well as other procedures which will be explained on entry. Toilets will not be available for visitors (The nearest ones are a short distance away in the Hungate Lane car park).

We look forward to re-opening the museum and welcoming you. We are very grateful to East Suffolk Council for giving us a grant from its Bounce Back Fund to help enable measures to be put in place to facilitate our re-opening.


While Museum is not open on a routine basis, Volunteers will still be busy behind the scenes. If you want to know more about the work of the museum or need help with some local private research then please do get in touch by contacting the Curator at


The Museum is located in Ballygate, Beccles. It is a short walk from St Michael's Church and its tower, which dominates 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.

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.


We normally welcome group visits and it is usually possible to arrange visits in or out of normal opening hours, subject to staffing. We can accommodate groups of up to 25 people, and we find that groups usually spend about an hour in the Museum. But with the current Covid situation it isn't possible to arrange these visits at the moment.