East Looe Town Trust website

The Old Guildhall Museum & Gaol

Higher Market Street, East Looe  PL13 1BW

Open daily 11:00 to 16:00,  1st April to end October

Admission

Adults £2.00, Children are free.

Disabled access is very restricted due to the design of the building. However, the curator has collated files of information on displays on the ground floor for the use of those who cannot manage stairs.

Looe's History

The 15th Century listed Ancient Museum has a fascinating display of Looe’s history, especially fishing, boat building and, of course, smuggling. 

The building itself is a marvellous exhibit as it retains many of its 550 years old original features with ancient cells (complete with prisoners) and the very old, raised magistrates bench complete with the Royal Coat of Arms.

How we run our Museum

Looe Museum is managed by a small committee of volunteers together with external support from a professional museum mentor, and a representative of the ELTT.

Family History at the Museum

Researching family history is a popular hobby and those with roots in the Looe area can search 13 local Parish Registers by microfiche in the museum, and can see their forebears' signatures or marks. We hold some local Victorian Census listings and our staff can help with advice on how to start or continue your research.