The Merchant’s House is hidden in one of Plymouth’s oldest streets on the route between the city centre and Sutton Harbour, and is the city’s finest surviving example of a 16th and 17th century residence.
During the 17th century, it was home to three Plymouth mayors including William Parker, a friend of Sir Francis Drake, but the house is thought to date back to the 1500s, and today is a museum full of historical finds including a 17th century Trelawney mantelpiece, gold-painted 19th century shop front signs, a doll’s house dating from the 1870s, a ducking stool, local truncheons and manacles, and a recreation of a Victorian school room.
The house was rescued from collapse in the 1960s and became a satellite of Plymouth City Museum in 1977.
Explore seven themed rooms spanning Plymouth’s history from pre-Tudor times to the Second World War and the Blitz.
Continue your historical exploration with a trip to the Elizabethan House and Gardens nearby in New Street, and journey on to Sutton Harbour to join the one-mile Harbour Heritage Trail.
The Merchant’s House is open seasonally; visit: www.plymouth.gov.uk/museummerchantshouse for full information.
33 St Andrew Street,