Kirkham House, Paignton

Interior View of the parlour

Free Entry

In 2018 the house is open 2-5pm on 30 March, 2 April, 7 & 28 May, 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 July, 5,12, 19, 26 & 27 August.


Kirkham House, Kirkham Street, Paignton, Devon, TQ3 3AX

Before You Go

This well-preserved late medieval house, built of local stone, lies near the centre of the Devon town of Paignton. It probably belonged to a well-to-do landowning or merchant family, and had a grand hall with space for up to 20 people to dine together. The house now contains modern furniture, illustrating traditional craftsmanship and the original use of the rooms.

Read more about the history of Kirkham House.

The house is managed in association with the Paignton Heritage Society.

Before You Go

Opening Times: In 2018 the house is open 2-5pm on 30 March, 2 April, 7 & 28 May, 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 July, 5,12, 19, 26 & 27 August. House stewards are on hand for information and guided tours.

Parking: A paid car park can be found in nearby Churchward Road (car park postcode TQ3 3BA). Not managed by English Heritage.

Facilities: There is a toilet at the house. Paignton seafront is a short distance away and offers plenty of shops and places to eat and drink.

School Visits: Book in advance by calling our regional office on 0117 975 0700.

Please be aware: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

Plan a Great Day Out

Tucked away in a deep wooded valley, the nearby castle of Berry Pomeroy is well worth a visit. An audio tour tells the story of the castle and the people who lived here and a café provides a great place to relax after a walk in the woods. Or head to nearby Totnes and explore the stone keep of the town's medieval castle.


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