Axbridge and District Museum (King John’s Hunting Lodge)

Axbridge and District Museum (King John's Hunting Lodge)

Tread the creaking floorboards of this 500-year-old Tudor building. Uncover hidden stories about the people of Axbridge and the surrounding villages, from early settlers to the present day.

Did You Know?

The carved king’s head found in the museum probably dates back to the 1600s and is thought to have served as the inn-sign for ‘The King’s Head’ tavern.  


King John’s Hunting Lodge
The Square
BS26 2AP


01934 732012



Admission charges apply, National Trust members are free

Opening Times

Open April to September


  • Guidebooks
  • Parking nearby
  • Shop
  • Limited disabled access


The museum offers talks on historical subjects for schools and adult groups and tours of the museum and town square at a fee and by prior arrangement. The museum and collection is of particular relevance to the Tudor and Victorian curriculum, and runs Take One projects, inspired by the National Gallery. Contact John Page on 01278 760986, Robin Goodfellow on 01934 732874 or Philip Wookey on 01934 733212 to arrange.


Access for research to both the museum and the stored collections can be arranged directly by contacting John Page on 01278 760986 or Robin Goodfellow on 01934 732874. There are offsite arrangements for access to archaeological, paleontological and local history resources, as well as the Tudor wood-framed, jettied house itself. Desk space for research can be provided and photography for personal use is permitted.

Commercial Hire & Services

Small events can be hosted although space is limited. Contact Kate Browne on 01934 733208 to discuss.


  • Agricultural
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Geology
  • Military
  • Social history

Time Periods

  • 20th Century
  • Anglo-Saxon
  • Geological
  • Medieval
  • Neolithic
  • Norman
  • Roman
  • Stuart
  • Tudor
  • Victorian