Step Back in Time to a Victorian Christmas with Bygones
Bygones is a marvelous privately owned museum featuring a life-size street complete with Victorian shops and interactive experiences. Just 30 minutes from Galmpton, the Victorian Christmas display is one of Bygones most popular special events and it runs from 1 December right through to Christmas Eve.
Recreating the atmosphere of a Victorian street at Christmas in 1897, the street becomes a winter wonderland complete with a real 12-foot tree, Santa’s workshop, and children’s crafts.
Bygones is particularly focused on 1897 as it was the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The owners researched the structure and contents of the shops of that time and found authentic museum display items to recreate an entire Victorian street. The family-owned museum has three floors of nostalgia including the life-size Victorian street with twenty shops and period rooms including a forge, sweet shop, apothecary, and a toy shop.
The notion of Bygones emerged in 1986 when the owners’ passion for railway nostalgia outgrew their home. They had bought a 27-ton railway engine from Falmouth Docks and needed a bigger space for it. The solution was to buy an old cinema that had become available near their post office business in St. Marychurch. They sold the shop and bought the huge old cinema on Fore Street, and to fund their passion for collecting, they founded their private museum and called it Bygones.
The attention to detail and authenticity is the hallmark of Bygones. When you explore the Victorian Christmas on the recreated street, you will know what it was like in the days of Christmas past.
Bygones is open from 10am to 4pm daily during December. While it closes at 4pm, the last entry is at 3pm so that there is time to explore the wonders of the museum. There is wheelchair access to the Victorian Street on ground level, and dogs on a lead are welcome.
Admission prices are £8.75 for adults, £7.75 for seniors and students with ID, £6,00 for children aged 4-14, and free for children under 4. A family ticket for two adults and two children is £27.50. Disabled visitors and registered carers are £6.00. Wheelchair access is only to the ground floor and that admission price is £3.50. There is a car park 50 yards away and the coach park is 200 yards away.
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