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Welcome to Beccles and District Museum.

We are currently closed

The museum is usually open between April and October, but due to the problems caused by Covid 19, we are currently unable to open. We apologies for any disappointment that this may cause. We are working hard on our preparations to reopen in the near future but this may well be in a restricted form at least initially. We will be publishing information about our reopening date and any limitations here on this web site (and in other media). We are particularly grateful for a grant from the Bounce Back Fund of East Suffolk Council which has facilitated significantly our preparations for reopening and for developing access to the museum's collections


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 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 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.