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Tolpuddle Martyrs' Museum

In 1934 on the centenary of the Martyrs' conviction, the TUC built the "Memorial Cottages" at the western end of the village. The museum evolved from the library provided for residents, and is now a modern and vibrant display of the Martyrs' story. There is also a modern commemorative sculpture, which was erected in 2000. An annual Festival commemorates the Martyrs and celebrates the movement for workers' rights (weekend of 3rd Sunday in July - see for speakers and performers).

Additional visitor information

  • Free parking with lay-by for coach parking opposite the museum
  • Toilets including disabled facilities
  • Souvenir sales
  • Garden with seating
  • Vending machine serving hot drinks, cold drinks and confectionary available from the museum shop

Main Road

Summer: April–October: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm; Sunday 11am–5pm; closed Mondays excluding Bank Holidays 11am-5pm;
Closed on Sunday of Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival; Winter: November–March: Thursday–Saturday 10am–4pm; Sunday 11am–4pm. Admission free.                                NB 30 visitors max. at any one time. Coach parties by prior booking only - please contact the museum for availability.
Closed between Christmas and New Year.

Tel: 01305 848 237

Getting there [ST590734]
Car : The village is located roughly midway between Puddletown and Bere Regis off the A35.
Train : The nearest stations are Dorchester West and Dorchester South seven miles away. Wool station is eight miles away and Wareham nine miles away
Bus : Number 387 runs 5 times daily (not Sundays) between Poole and Dorchester stopping in Tolpuddle.

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