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Rayleigh Town Museum

Rayleigh Town Museum


First Floor 91 High Street,


The Rayleigh Town Museum is located in the centre of the High Street Conservation Area on the first floor of the oldest Secular building in town. Part dating to c.1350, with later 16/17 century additions, the South Wing of what was an open Medieval Hall remains and this part of the Museum will be our Lecture and slide show presentation room. Many of the original beams remain and are on view as they are an integral part of the Museum.

The Museum will be open on Wednesdays/Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays all year from 10am until 4pm. Entrance is free and will be via a lift, accessible for all, to the 1st floor where fully compliant disabled toilets will also be available. There will be a small Rayleigh related Museum gift shop

The Museum will consist of 3 rooms all telling part of the history of Rayleigh from Roman times to the present. A regular rotation of exhibits will take place several times each year covering subjects such as Rayleigh Castle, the only Essex castle mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086, the Martyrs who were burnt at the Stake in 1555, our ancient Parish Church, our Dutch style cottage, the history of Windmills in Rayleigh from 1300 including the Tower Mill which is open to the public, the arrival of the railway in town in 1889 and the entertainment (Cinema, Speedway).

On display will be Essex and Rayleigh maps from the 17th century to date, photos, postcards, magic lantern slides, stereo viewer, artefacts and ephemera.

We will hold regular slide shows and talks and will encourage visitors to spend a day in Rayleigh to
enjoy all that the town has to offer including a number of heritage sites.

An area will be available for detailed research of our archives.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPublic toiletsWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencing

Children welcomeDisabled accessGuided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening details

Open 52 weeks a year. Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun. 10-4pm (last entrance 3.30pm)
Private groups by arrangement.


Free entry, donations welcome.

Events at this Venue

date event
Fri 11 Nov Battle of the Somme film
Sat 12 Nov Clay Cottage demonstration
Thu 17 Nov Keith Leedham
Thu 24 Nov Rayleigh Lights switch on
Fri 9 Dec quiz evening



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Map reference: TQ 806919  Lat: 51.59741 Long: 0.60715

The Museum is in the centre of Rayleigh High Street within walking distance of 4 public car parks. Bus stops in the High Street with taxi rank. Railway .5 mile away.

Parking: with charge


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired