Arlington Coach Museum

National Trust Arlington Coach Museum Barnstaple

Barnstaple, North Devon


National Trust Arlington Coach Museum Barnstaple

Arlington Court is a unique Regency Estate which is the centre for the National Trustís carriage collection started in 1966. A new building was conceived for a permanent display of 42 carriages in a location close to existing stables where farm implements are on view. The adopted masterplan created a courtyard formed by 2 listed grade II buildings and the new museum which is physically linked to the former stable managers residence.

Existing buildings are stone construction under a slate roof and it was agreed that the new addition should be designed in a contemporary but sympathetic style rather than to mimic the existing. Final designs with green oak cladding to a steel frame under a zinc roof were approved and the building constructed in this manner.

National Trust Arlington Coach Museum Barnstaple

A full length clerestory along the ridge provides good levels of natural light and an environmental control system installed to regulate humidity.

The museum has become an important and popular visitor attraction, particularly as there is such a wide range of carriages on display from a grand state carriage to a small childís cart traditionally pulled by a large dog such as a Newfoundland.