The Brown Tail Moth Caterpillar is currently present in the garden at Kirkham House, particularly on the pear tree. This caterpillar can cause bad skin rashes and breathing difficulties due to its irritating hairs. They are particularly prevalent in the south west of England this year and our advice is to stay away from them.
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: The house is open Sundays 2pm-5pm in July and August. It is also open at the same times on the spring and summer bank holidays. In addition, it is open on 14th & 15th September for Heritage Open Days 11am-4pm. House stewards are on hand for more information or 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.