Honiton’s always been famous for its lacemaking (so much so that Prince George’s christening gown was even made from it) and Allhallows Museum has one of the world’s finest collections of Honiton lace. The displays cover two galleries and include samples spanning hundreds of years from the 16th century. If you visit during the summer you’ll be able to see the effort and skill that goes into making lace as live demonstrations take place on weekdays, and there are even lacemaking classes for children under 18.
Allhallows Museum is also home to displays of Honiton pottery, a fully furnished doll’s house from the Victorian period and exhibitions depicting the effect of war on Honiton. There’s nothing better for parents than a museum that keeps the children engaged throughout, and thanks to a selection of free quiz sheets for younger visitors a visit is just as much fun for the kids as the mums and dads. Every child receives a prize when they complete the quiz and it also includes puzzles and games to ring the artefacts to life.
Allhallows Museum opens between the end of March and the end of October every year and entry is free of charge.