The Merchant’s House Marlborough
132 High Street
01672 511491
01672 511690 (Shop)

Situated in Marlborough’s wide and busy High Street, this charmingly restored 17th century historic house, dating from the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653, is well worth a visit.  As well as the restored house itself, The Merchant’s House also has a beautiful 17th century garden and a quality gift shop.

The knowledgeable guides will transport you back to the 17th century and the life of the prosperous silk merchant, Thomas Bayly, who originally lived here.  Boasting a magnificent great oak staircase, the house also includes a great fireplace, with original wall paintings, as well as the paneled room.  This is the most original room in the house with the floor, wall paneling, fireplace and over mantel all dating from this period.  The dining room has the original unique striped paint theme.  The kitchen bedchamber, being the warmest room of the house, was of course the most desirable.

There is also an abundance of 17th century furniture and artefacts for you to view.


The Merchant’s House welcomes Groups and Coach Parties throughout the year – please phone the Office on 01672 511491 to discuss visit dates and times and they will organise guides to take you on a tour of The Merchant’s House and garden.

The Merchant’s House is next door to the Marlborough Museum, full of local history and interesting artefacts.

Opening Times
Pre-bookable tours (on their website) of the House & Garden Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 3pm (last entry)
The shop is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm
Entry fee
Entry - Adults £7.50 Children £1 Friends of the Trust - free
Volunteering opportunity
Alongside a small team of paid staff, there are more than 40 volunteers at The Merchant’s House, who donate a varying amount of time towards the running and upkeep of the House, Shop, Archives, Museum and Garden.

We welcome enquiries from anyone who would like to become involved as a volunteer for areas such as being a tour guide, helping in the shop, looking after the building, maintenance work and working with our vast collection of archives.

Please contact us to arrange a visit and to find out more about volunteering opportunities at The Merchant’s House.
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