Tolpuddle Martyrs' Museum

Tolpuddle, Dorset


Tolpuddle Museum : tolpuddle@tuc.org.uK



Opening Times

Museum opening times (Summer Hours until 31st October) – Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm.

Shop closed lunchtime most days (1.00pm – 2.00pm).


Gift shop
Refreshments available
Toilets available
Also nearby

Tolpuddle Methodist Chapel. The scene of the Martyrs' trial in Dorchester, The Old Crown Court, West High Street, and the cells where they were held, are open to the public. A major redevelopment and renovation scheme is underway. Village of St Mary's Winterborne Whitechurch, where John Wes(t?)ley (grandfather to John and Charles Wesley) was ejected from his living in 1662. His son Samuel (father of John and Charles Wesley) was born and baptized in this village.



Free parking with lay-by for coach parking opposite the museum.

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Photo Credit: Tolpuddle Martyrs' Museum
tolpuddle PC_ Tolpuddle Museum 2
Photo Credit: Tolpuddle Martyrs' Museum

In 1934 on the centenary of the Martyrs' conviction, the Trades Union Congress (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 www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk for speakers and performers).