Shaw House

Shaw House Elizabethan red brick house Newbury

Shaw House is a large Elizabethan house; it was built in 1581 by the Dolman family. It was a family home until the 20th century. It was a school for many years and was then left empty before being restored from 2005 - 2007.

At weekends and selected days during the school holidays the house is open to the public. During the week the house is a meeting and conference venue. It also houses council offices and West Berkshire Registration Office for Births, Deaths and Ceremonies

Shaw House is an unfurnished historic house. Your visit will take you through nine rooms, which have original features such as fireplaces, panelling, plaster-work and wallpaper.

There are two exhibition rooms. Here you can discover more about the history of the house with stories and objects from the 1500s to the 2000s.

There are activity stations in some rooms to help your family find out more about the house, we call these Wheelie-Do’s.

There are two activity rooms with books, activities and puzzles. There are always two creative activities so your family can make a memento to take away with you. The activities are aimed at visitors aged 3 years and older. There are books and toys available for our very youngest visitors.

There are two trails available free of charge to help families explore Shaw House and discover some of its hidden stories and secrets. The Picture Trail is aimed at younger families and the History Quest is aimed at families with older children.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Heritage site

Opening hours

Shaw House is open for public visits between 15 February and 28 September.
The opening times are published on this page. During school holidays in this period, we're open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, with Family Activity Days on Wednesdays.

Admission charges

Adult - £3
Child (aged 3 to under 16) - £1.50
Concessions (over 60s, not in employment) - £2.50
Family of 4 - £7.50
Family of 5 - £8.55
Family of 6 - £9.60
(All family tickets to include one child aged 3 to under 16)

Getting there

By Road From the M4
Leave the motorway at junction 13 take A34 towards Newbury. Exit for A339 Newbury Town Centre (this is first slip road off the A34 and comes up very quickly). Straight over first roundabout (Vodafone HQ on left), keep in left hand lane at traffic lights, then take next left onto Shaw Road – B4009 (signposted Hermitage). At mini roundabout turn left onto Church Road (signposted Shaw Church) and the entrance to the car park is on the right before the main gates to the house.

From the south
From the A34 take slip the road exit signposted A4 Newbury & Hungerford, (this is the third junction for Newbury). At the roundabout turn left onto the A4, follow the road through Speen, past the Hare & Hounds pub on the right. At the next roundabout take second exit, staying on A4. At the A339/A4 roundabout, take a left turn into Shaw Road – B4009 (signposted Hermitage). At mini roundabout turn left onto Church Road (signposted Shaw Church) and the entrance to the car park is on the right before the main gates to the house.

From the east (Thatcham), west (Hungerford) and south east (Basingstoke)
At the A339/A4 roundabout, take left turn into Shaw Road – B4009 (signposted hermitage). At mini roundabout turn left onto Church Road (signposted Shaw Church) and the entrance to the car park is on the right before the main gates to the house.

By Rail
Shaw House is situated 11/2 miles from Newbury station. There is a taxi rank at the station; alternatively it is approximately 20-25 minutes walk through the town centre.

By Bus
Shaw Road, just a few minutes walk from Shaw House is well served by buses to and from Newbury Bus Station. Newbury Buses services the 6, 6A and 1 stop in Shaw Road. The bus stops are on either side of the road close to the local shop from where it is a short walk along Shaw Road and Church Road to Shaw House.

By Cycling
Shaw House can be reached by cycling and as well as the road there is a cycle route shown in yellow on the Shaw House Location Map. A cycle shelter is available in the grounds and lockers are available for cyclists to safely deposit their belongings.

Additional info

Shaw House Cafe (hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cake, snacks and ice cream)
Toilets
Accessible toilets
Baby Changing facilities
Lifts to all public accessible areas
Blue Badge Parking near house.
Family activities and trails
Garden
Picnic area
Gift Shop

Collection details

Architecture, Costume and Textiles, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Shaw House

  • 12 — 13 September 2015

The stories and characters from Shaw House's past are brought to life in our exhibition. This includes items of interest from all periods including a Royal Grant dates 1557, notebooks from the 1570s and the archaeological finds from the restoration.

During your visit you can see the most significant historical rooms of the house. They are unfurnished as nothing remained after Shaw House ceased to be a family home but as one of the most significant historical properties in the country there is still much to appreciate.

The grounds around the house include elements of the lost gardens of years gone by including yew trees and earthworks from the 1630s.

During your visit you can also view our NEW exhibition 'Shaw before the House.' This is an exhibition exploring the archaeological past of the landscape around Shaw House.

The Shaw House Cafe is located in what used to be the kitchen. The old fireplace and smoke jack can still be seen! Choose from a range of delicious sandwiches and tempting cakes. The Gift Shop adjacent to reception stocks a variety of Shaw House gifts and other items.

There will be Introductory Talks in the Hall at 11.30am, 12.30, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and visitors will be able to self navigate their way through the rest of the house. Booking is not required, please turn up around these times.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/shaw-house3

Getting there

By Road From the M4
Leave the motorway at junction 13 take A34 towards Newbury. Exit for A339 Newbury Town Centre (this is first slip road off the A34 and comes up very quickly). Straight over first roundabout (Vodafone HQ on left), keep in left hand lane at traffic lights, then take next left onto Shaw Road – B4009 (signposted Hermitage). At mini roundabout turn left onto Church Road (signposted Shaw Church) and the entrance to the car park is on the right before the main gates to the house.

From the south
From the A34 take slip the road exit signposted A4 Newbury & Hungerford, (this is the third junction for Newbury). At the roundabout turn left onto the A4, follow the road through Speen, past the Hare & Hounds pub on the right. At the next roundabout take second exit, staying on A4. At the A339/A4 roundabout, take a left turn into Shaw Road – B4009 (signposted Hermitage). At mini roundabout turn left onto Church Road (signposted Shaw Church) and the entrance to the car park is on the right before the main gates to the house.

From the east (Thatcham), west (Hungerford) and south east (Basingstoke)
At the A339/A4 roundabout, take left turn into Shaw Road – B4009 (signposted hermitage). At mini roundabout turn left onto Church Road (signposted Shaw Church) and the entrance to the car park is on the right before the main gates to the house.

By Rail
Shaw House is situated 11/2 miles from Newbury station. There is a taxi rank at the station; alternatively it is approximately 20-25 minutes walk through the town centre.

By Bus
Shaw Road, just a few minutes walk from Shaw House is well served by buses to and from Newbury Bus Station. Newbury Buses services the 6, 6A and 1 stop in Shaw Road. The bus stops are on either side of the road close to the local shop from where it is a short walk along Shaw Road and Church Road to Shaw House.

By Cycling
Shaw House can be reached by cycling and as well as the road there is a cycle route shown in yellow on the Shaw House Location Map. A cycle shelter is available in the grounds and lockers are available for cyclists to safely deposit their belongings.

Shaw House
Newbury
Berkshire
RG14 2DR
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

http://info.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=29158

E-mail

shawhouse@westberks.gov.uk

Telephone

01635 279279 

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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