The Merchant’s House

A rare example of a middle class silk merchant's house, containing nationally acclaimed wall paintings and decorative features.

132 High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1HN

The Merchant's House in Wiltshire
Free for members
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Built during the Commonwealth period, 1653 – 1656, The Merchant’s House is a rare example of a middle class silk merchant’s house, containing nationally acclaimed wall paintings and decorative features.

The house, and its wonderful rooms, are available to tour. Visit the main panelled chamber with a limestone carved fireplace and oak overmantle and the dining room, built around 1670. There are also bedrooms, a suite of servants rooms, a study and kitchen; some of which are furnished according to a probate inventory of 1691.

An outstanding destination for anyone interested in historic buildings and the craftsmanship needed to create and restore them.

We also have a garden, which has been carefully recreated in the spirit of a 17th-century town house garden, and is available to tour. There is also a lovely gift shop where you can purchase a wide range of quality gifts.

Opening Times


Mondays from March to early October.

60-minute guided tours only; times vary by day of the week – see property website for further details.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adult: £7.50
Under 16: £1.00

Group Visits

Groups may visit by prior arrangement throughout the year.

Phone or email Sophie Costard to arrange:


Educational Visits

The Merchant’s House welcomes visits from local school children and has developed a morning programme that has proved interesting, informative and fun for the children who come. The recommended age group is for children in Years 3 to 7, although each visit can be tailored to the specific needs of the school.

If you would like to discuss a possible school visit, please email Sophie Costard.

  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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