About the Old Bell Museum


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About the Old Bell Museum
Arthur Street, Montgomery, Powys  SY15 6RA
e-mail:  curator@oldbellmuseum.org.uk

The Old BellThe Old Bell, a 16th century inn, has been converted into a local history museum by Montgomery Civic Society.   Run by volunteers, it is the winner of a Prince of Wales Award.   Eleven rooms house displays illustrating the long social and civic history of the ancient County Town of Montgomeryshire.   There are permanent exhibitions relating to the medieval and Norman castles and their archaeological excavations with excellent scale models of both.  Two rooms are devoted to the Workhouse and the Cambrian Railways.  A small room in the museum has been restored to demonstrate the various methods of construction in this half timbered building.

Situated in Arthur Street near to the Town Hall, the Old Bell is an independent museum and was officially awarded "Accreditation" status by the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) in February 2009, reaccredited in 2013 and again recently in 2016.

Opening Times
1st April (or Easter) to 30th September
1.30pm - 5.00 pm Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
(every day in August)
10:30am - 5.00pm Saturdays &  Bank Holidays


Entrance fees:    Adults  £2.00    Children (under 16yrs)  50p
Montgomery Civic Society members and Montgomery School children have free entry

Unlimited free parking is in the street and there are toilets behind the Town Hall.
We regret that access for the disabled is limited in this ancient building.


Group visits to the museum are most welcome. These can also be arranged outside the normal opening times by prior arrangement.  Access to the museum is also available to individuals outside of normal opening times by prior arrangement.
Contact:  Curator  01686 668313 or 01686 669940


Montgomery Civic Society members conduct guided tours of the town and museum by prior arrangement.  Charge: £1.50 per person.   Contact telephone numbers as above.


A gallery with kitchen facilities is available for hire for exhibitions, workshops, lectures and meetings.   Space is 170 sq.  ft.   Seats up to 25 for meetings. For details of conditions and booking forms contact Sandi Coppi at:  

1 Cross Houses, The Pound,  Montgomery   SY15 6QG

Telephone 01686 668462,  mobile 07882 921026


Montgomery Guidebook
(new edition, August 2010)
Hen Domen - Montgomery
Hen Domen - Montgomery A Timber Castle on the English-Welsh Border
(out of print and unavailable.)

  The Cadw Guide to Dolforwyn and   Montgomery Castles


The Story of Montgomery
(2nd revised edition containing a new chapter about the local Workhouse.
Published December 2010)


Montgomery Nature Trail
Montgomery Nature Trail
Montgomery Town Trail
Montgomery Town Trail
Offa's Dyke and Lymore Walk
Offa's Dyke and Lymore Walk
Town Hill and Ffridd Walk
Town Hill and Ffridd Walk
  Available from the Old Bell Museum and other outlets in Montgomery or        
email:  curator@oldbellmuseum.org.uk  or phone:  01686 668313