Friday, 28 August 2015

Hey! Fairlynch Museum is tops!

New arrival on the cultural attractions scene: the Heymuseums logo

Volunteers at Fairlynch  are cheering at the news that their museum has been judged one of the most popular in the region according to a specialist website.

Heymuseums places the Budleigh Salterton museum, located in a listed 19th century thatched building described as a “marine cottage orn√©” on the town’s Fore Street, as one of the leading attractions of its type in East Devon. 

The website, which calls itself the United Kingdom´s most updated site for finding museums and art galleries, puts Fairlynch near the top of its list for the area, second only to Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery. It currently boasts of guiding online visitors to 5,898 museums in the UK.  

Facebook logo. For Heymuseums, Facebook plays a key part in listing a museum’s popularity

The site’s popularity-ranking between 0 and 10 indicates how popular the museums are on Facebook. The ranking is based on visitors ("checkins"), Facebook-likes and a number of other factors, and is updated weekly!

Helpful and informative volunteers at Fairlynch have been one of the keys to its success judging by other mentions of the Museum online. “Worth a visit just to have a chat with the staff” was one of the many words of praise on TripAdvisor.

"The Fairlynch Stewards are happy to be part of the great team of volunteers  running our Museum,” said a spokesperson. “We are delighted to have been singled out for such kind comments by the visitors!"

Information about Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre is at

Heymuseums’ listing:

RAMM 7.5
Fairlynch 6.5
Coldharbour Mill 6.4
Bill Douglas Centre 6.2
Topsham 6.2
Tiverton Museum of Mid-Devon life 5.6
A la Ronde 5.2
All Hallows Museum, Honiton 4.7
Exmouth 4.7
Sidmouth 4.7
Whimple Heritage Centre 4.7

Some recent 2015 comments on TripAdvisor

11 August "Despite having lived nearby for most of my life this was my first visit with my daughter aged 6. We loved it. The staff are very welcoming and although the museum is small there is a lot packed in with lots to capture the interest of children. There is a room dedicated to local geology, one for Sir Walter Raleigh, one for pirate history, one for the world wars and another for costumes. We spent 1-2 hours here."

29 July "A fascinating place to while away an hour. Lots of local info and historical pictures. Very knowledgeable and helpful volunteers. Free but donations welcomed."

26 July "Great small museum. We found this little museum by chance following a visit to Budleigh Salterton. It's well worth having a look round; there are lots of things to see. The volunteer room guides are very friendly and knowledgeable and clearly love what they do."

18 July  "Most interesting local museum. Good displays particularly the new Walter Raleigh room. The volunteer staff very friendly and informative. Worth a visit just to have a chat with the staff."

13 June Great place to visit on your way to the sea! Very interesting and the volunteers who man it are knowledgeable and helpful.

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