A stunning 13th Century Grade 1 listed building, Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum boasts a treasure trove of instruments for your enjoyment
With over 120 sets of pipes on display from across Europe – including decorative sets from Scotland, Spain, Italy, France, Estonia and beyond – let us take you on a musical journey.
It is home to the extensive collection of master clock maker and pipe enthusiastic, William Alfred Cocks, a set of bagpipes said to have belonged to King Louis XIV of France, a miniature set made for Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and pipes from the Jacobite Rising.
Alongside our amazing displays, visitors can also watch the museum come to life with regular live musical performances, ‘Learn to Play in a Day’ and ‘Meet the Piper’ sessions – fun for all the family. It’s a hive of creative activity, the Northern Poetry Library and Craft Centre are also located in the building.
The chantry is an attraction in its own right. Did you know that in days gone by, local townspeople had to pay the local priest a toll to cross the river? You can still see the foundations of the town’s Medieval bridge in the river!
It’s a little-known fact that the building is also home to the oldest window in Morpeth too.
Be sure to visit the Peace Garden on your next visit. It was inspired by the ‘Father of English Botany’ William Turner, who studied in the chantry building back when it was a local grammar school in the 16th Century.
Open: Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum is right in the centre of Morpeth.
Both the main line railway station and the bus station are less than 0.5 miles
|Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum is a venue for ...|
|The Northumbrian Pipers’ Society, Morpeth(Music & Dance)|
|The Chantry Lasses Informal Performance, Morpeth(Music & Dance)|
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FREE to visit
Credit / debit cards accepted
A delightful experience in a lovely town
Penny G, London, England, United Kingdom
The Chantry Museum and Visitor Centre is well stocked with information about the area and with a plethora of gifts and souvenirs of Northumberland, as well as with information about the old Chantry itself. Upstairs (wheelchair friendly lift and loo) is the Bagpipe Museum - small but well stocked with examples of Northumbrian pipes and playing great music evocative of its time.
Visited out of curiosity rather than specific interest but it is a lovely little museum and the history of the pipes was interesting. It is a very pleasant building and the staff, like those during most of our trip, were very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable.
Worth popping in if you're in the area
We were up in Morpeth so decided to pop into this museum. It's only 2 rooms but there are lots of examples of pipes and information boards. The little shop downstairs is worth a potter around too. I wouldn't detour to see this museum but worth a look if you're in the local area. It's free too.
Eclectic is GOOD. I collect this type of museum. This one is up there with the Norwegian fish canning museum. Interesting historical building ( with a great local crafts shop downstairs), and a well presented and explained collection of Northumbrian pipes, about which I had no previous knowledge. I now know quite a bit. And free too, what’s not to like.
Brilliant Staff, and Wonderful Exhibits
I visited the Northeast in 2013. When I got home, I discussed my trip with my mates. All of them inquired if I had visited the Chantry Bagpipe Museum. I was chagrined to admit I had not. I visited this year when we repeated much of the prior trip, and the Museum was well worth visiting. The infinite variety of ingenious variations of the bagpipe species was very nice to view.