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Address: Fore Street, St Marychurch, Torquay, tq1 4pr
Telephone: 01803 326108
Email: [email protected]

BYGONES IS AN INDEPENDENT ATTRACTION, CREATED AND RUN BY TWO GENERATIONS OF THE CUMING FAMILY - BUT HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN? Back in the 1980s, Ken Cuming's obsession with railwayana started to out-grew his house. The final straw for wife, Patricia Cuming, came in 1986 when Ken purchased a huge 27-ton railway engine from Falmouth Docks. As good fortune would have it, the couple spotted that the old cinema had became available in St. Marychurch and they bravely took the plunge to make their hobbie a new family business. The Cuming's decided to combine their interests in railways and objects from the past, and invite the public to come and visit the collections. Bygones was born. One Sunday in February 1987, the road outside of Bygones was closed and the 27-ton steam engine arrived. We removed the front of the building and used 2 enormous cranes to winch it into position. Much to his wife's delight, Ken had named the engine 'Patricia'. Over the next year or so, with the help of an excellent mason, a skilful carpenter and many patient friends, the Cuming family recreated a Victorian street scene. It took much research and a lot of travelling to secure authentic building materials and genuine exhibits, but finally, on the 23 May 1987, Bygones was opened to the public by the Mayor of Torbay.


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Opening Times


Jan/Feb 10am 3pm 4pm
1-18 Mar 10am 3pm 4pm
19-31 Mar 10am 4pm 5pm
Apr/May/Jun 10am 4pm 5pm
Jul/Aug/Sep 10am 5pm 6pm
Oct 10am 4pm 5pm
Nov/Dec 10am 3pm 4pm


Families (2 adults & 2 children) 27.95
Adults 8.75
Senior Citizens & Students (proof of ID req.) 7.75
Children (4 -14, under 4s FREE) 6.50
Disabled & Registered Carers* 6.00
Wheelchair access to Victorian Street only 3.50
Groups & coach parties (15+ people) 6.00

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