Elizabethan House

Elizabethan House

Built in the late 1500s when Plymouth was a thriving port, the Elizabethan House is a rare, surviving example of its time.

The date of the house's first known recorded owner is 1631, and the last recorded owner relinquished their deeds in 1926. The house was then saved from demolition and opened in 1930 as a visitor attraction.

A home to merchants, businessmen, fishermen, washerwomen and dressmakers, throughout the last four centuries the house - with its timber frame, bare wooden floors, oak beams, spiral staircase and earth plaster walls - has stood almost unaltered, while the fortunes of those living and working around the Barbican have risen and fallen.

The house survived the Blitz as well as extensive slum clearances in the early 1900s. It has been closed since 2015 for essential restoration and re-interpretation. This project will resolve a number of long-term issues with the property and create a brand new immersive experience for residents and visitors to enjoy. The project has been supported by Plymouth City Council, Mayflower 400, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Coastal Revival Fund, Historic England and The Pilgrim Trust.