In line with Government guidance on COVID-19 and the recommendation to avoid gatherings and crowded places, Dovery Manor Museum will not be opening this year. Please keep an eye out on our website and social media pages where we will post updates as the situation progresses.
Dovery Manor Museum, Porlock, is a vibrant village museum housed in a small 15th Century Manor House with many original features. It contains a locally based collection of artifacts, displays, books, photographs and pictures including a fine collection of photographs of the infamous Porlock Hill and a map of historical sites.
The Great Hall, with its huge original stone fireplace, contains paintings and artifacts related to the area and information about the poets and painters who visited, lived and worked in Porlock. A steep circular stone staircase, the walls painted with figures in the costume of the 1500s, leads to the Upper Room where household, school and trade artifacts are on display. Off the room is a garderobe, an early lavatory.
The Manor's medieval solar is used for special exhibitions, talks, plays and musical events bringing local history to life. The museum garden, with its far-reaching views over Porlock towards the coast, has been designed to reflect the original garden with fruit trees, roses and herbs, all clearly labelled explaining their medicinal and culinary uses in times past. The museum is a charity run entirely by volunteers with no government funding so, although entrance is free, donations are always gratefully accepted. Registered Charity No: 107976