Hillbrush has been manufacturing cleaning equipment in Mere, Wiltshire, since 1922. In April 2017 we launched our visitor centre, Visit Hillbrush, incorporating our gift shop of cleaning and personal grooming products, our amazing locally sourced restaurant with an extensive menu of delicious meals, drinks and snacks, and our interactive brushmaking museum.
Where is Visit Hillbrush - Museum located?
Visit Hillbrush is the perfect venue for families looking for activities in Wiltshire, or travellers looking for a comfortable, friendly stop. We are just a two minute drive from the A303 Mere and Stourhead exit.
What is the history of Visit Hillbrush - Museum to the present day?
The Hillbrush Company was established by brothers Fred and Bill Coward in 1922. Hillbrush originally specialised in dairy and agricultural brushes, but within a few years many of the streets were being swept with brushes made by Hillbrush.
Whilst the company's use of synthetic fibre has increased in recent years, this has mainly been in the manufacture of specialist brushes, such as those used in food production or catering establishments and in hygiene-sensitive areas, such as hospitals.
As a long-standing presence in brush manufacturing, we decided that our history was simply too rich not to share with the public.
What is there to see and do at Visit Hillbrush - Museum?
Our interactive museum is the first of its kind in the country, hosting a wide range of fascinating information about brush-making, the company's history and the local area. It offers colourful and tactile displays, a Kid's Corner to keep your little ones busy, 3D exhibits to entertain and inform, videos, and vintage brush-making machinery.
Visit Hillbrush offer free admission, free parking with disabled and electric car charging bays, and free high-speed WiFi. We are family friendly, with a Kid's Corner that includes child-sized brooms and activity booklets. We also have a beautiful south-facing terrace with parasols so you can sit outside with your family, and even bring your dogs to enjoy the sun and make the most of our loyalty card scheme.