First Garden City Heritage Museum

First Garden City Heritage Museum
296 Norton Way South
Letchworth Garden City




01462 482710


01462 486056

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Ebenezer Howard, founder of Letchworth Garden City, had a vision that would end the poverty and slums suffered by so many in the late Victorian era. Howard dreamed of 'Garden Cities' - a combination of the good things from town and country and where the profits from the town would be used to benefit the ordinary townspeople.

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Opening hours

Monday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm

Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Admission charges

Residents: 50p
Non-Residents: £1.00
Students: 50p
Under 16’s: FREE

Additional info

School and group visits can be catered for, and talks are available. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Public car parks at Hillshott and Gernon Road are both within 5 minutes walk of the museum.

The First Garden City Heritage Museum tells the story of the Garden City Movement from its origins to the present day. It is housed in a beautiful and unique building designed in 1907 by the architect Barry Parker. You can visit Barry Parker's office, filled with beautiful handmade Arts and Crafts furniture. Our temporary exhibitions programme explores the social history of Letchworth, the world's first Garden City.

Collection details

Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Ebenezer Howard, founder of Letchworth Garden City
  • Architect Barry Parker
  • Arts and Crafts furniture