Tucked in one of the oldest streets in Plymouth, Merchant’s House is a beautiful historic building that has been home to three Plymouth mayors over the years and is packed with history.
One former resident, Privateer William Parker, was the friend of Sir Francis Drake and the narrow winding stairs within the building lead to rooms brimming with the city’s history. The house is Plymouth’s best example of a surviving 16th / 17th century building and some of its most interesting features include a beautiful Trelawney mantelpiece which dates back to the 17th century, gold painted shop signs that date back to the 19th century and an enormous doll’s house.
There’s even a Victorian school room so children can see just how different learning would have been during the Victorian era so there’s something for all ages in the house. There’s also a Blitz room which offers visitors an insight into what life in Plymouth was like during the air raids. The house is open between April and October, and it's closed every Sunday and Monday (except Bank Holidays). The museum is housed within Merchant's House.
33 Andrew St, Town Centre, PL1 2AX