The Merchant’s House has re-opened to visitors.
Free-Flow visits will be in operation on Wednesdays and Saturdays, when the museum and selected rooms in the house will be open (£5 per person, children free). Tours will be on Thursdays and Fridays for full tours of the house with a guide (£10 per person, children free). For more information, please refer to the website.
The House of Thomas Bayly was built following the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653. Over the years 1653-1700 a fine timber and brick building was constructed, its interior panelled, brilliant with wall paintings and with a commanding oak staircase. A substantial amount of this fabric survives and hidden painted decoration is still being revealed.
Many of us are familiar with homes of the aristocracy; here is a rare opportunity to view a 17th century house of the type many of us might have lived in. Thomas was a prosperous silk mercer whose lifestyle is reflected in the spacious and elegant rooms on show.
The house is a living place. Throughout the season there are demonstrations of costume making, needlework and historic paint conservation. Musicians often play music appropriate to the period.
The conservation that is still taking place makes the Merchant's House a special and unusual visitor attraction. Each year more of its splendours are being revealed and many visitors return regularly to view progress on the project.
There is a shop within The Merchant's House stocking a wide range of gifts to suit all ages and occasions.
|£7.50 per ticket
|£1.00 per ticket
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
* Pre-booked House and Garden guided tours available on Saturday at either 11 am, 1 pm or 2.30 pm and need to be pre-booked on the website. Additional tours may be available at other times. Please contact us either via the website or telephone the Trust Office on 01672 511491 if you have any questions.
Groups by arrangement at other times.
Guided tours generally last between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 mins and include the House & Garden.
- Facilities for Disabled Visitors - stair lift to the first floor however the building has uneven floors and low ceilings throughout
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Ramp/Level Access - some areas
- Open All Year
- Out of Hours Visits
- Approx length of visit - one hour
- In town/city centre
- Indoor Attraction
- No Smoking Attraction
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
- Open by appointment outside normal opening times - House by appointment only. Shop open regular hours.
Parking & Transport
- On Bus Route
- Parking (charge) - town centre car parks
- Delta accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Solo accepted
- Visa accepted - Accepted in Shop
Tours and Demonstrations
- Demonstrations Given
- Guided Tours Available for Groups - Please book in advance
- Guided Tours Available for Individuals - Tues, Fri & Sat from 1st April to 31 Oct
Map & Directions
The main A4 London to Bath road runs through Marlborough - 30 miles from Bath and 75 miles from London. Use one of the town's many convenient car parks.
Public Transport Directions
There are regular bus services to Marlborough from surrounding towns and villages.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good25
- travel2472018London, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesWonderfulWednesday, 10th August 2022This is a great place to visit. For £5 you get a nice glimpse into local history. There’s still work being done there and it’s fully open to tours which is about £10. But a couple of rooms are only... Read full review
- LadyHPBEpsom, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesDifferentFriday, 7th July 2023Interesting and quirky. Defiantly worth a visit but the stairs may be difficult for some.The volunteer guide was very informative provided a wealth of information. The tour times are listed on the... Read full review
- Karen LLyndhurst, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesHighly recommend the tourSunday, 10th September 2023What a fabulous building and history to match, brought to life by our truly wonderful guide Ilse who you could tell obviously loved this building and the history behind it. The two hours flew by on... Read full review
- Regional and Miscellaneous WTTC Safe Travels 2021