Bampton Heritage & Visitor Centre

Bampton Heritage & Visitor Centre

What We Do

We offer residents and visitors of all ages an exploration of the town’s rich heritage. We are the local Tourist Information Point and provide a full range of information to help satisfy the needs of visitors to the area.

We have genuine local artefacts on display which come from our extensive collection. These themed displays change regularly. We have an amazing 8ft static model of the town’s old railway station which shows the platforms, lines and sidings as they were when the line closed in 1963.

Bampton Railway Model

There are large, bright information boards telling the history of Bampton and fascinating short videos to watch on many subjects including the Exe Valley Railway, Bampton Church and Bampton’s geological past. There is also a collection of old photographs of Bampton dating from 1880 to 1960 and an album of photographs of many Bampton people from the early 1900’s onwards. Our collection of oral histories features local residents telling their stories of Bampton as it was when they grew up.

Display boards and video

For children and families, we have an interactive Bampton quiz game, a family town trail, dressing up clothes, word search games and more. There is also a mega-sized jigsaw!

Dressing up for children

We have a small retail area where we sell local history books, walks books and maps. We also sell local gifts, postcards and Bampton mugs.

Bampton Haritage Centre retail area

We run Guided Town Trails throughout the year and additional dates can be offered to visiting groups and organisations by arrangement. For those who can’t get about, there is a Virtual Bampton Town Trail available to watch on our video player or on YouTube.

There is now a Family Town Trail Quiz - see above.

Guided Town Trails in Bampton

We often get asked to help people trace their family history. Whilst we can sometimes assist through local knowledge, we do not provide a genealogy service. Please email with any queries and we will see what we can do to help.

Bampton Genealogy

In 2019 we embarked upon a project called 'Bampton: Our Buildings' which collected information about the most iconic and interesting buildings in our town.

The results are now on a set of portable display boards, shown here in the Heritage Centre in the church, but which will be touring local venues such as the Tiverton Museum.

Accompanying this project is also a booklet with the key infomation which you can download - see above.

There is also a new video on YouTube "Bampton: Our Buildings". See 'Our Videos'

Our Buildings


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Tourist Information - Bampton