Judge's Lodging

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Explore the fascinating world of the Victorian judges, their servants and felonious guests. From the stunningly restored judge’s apartments to the dingy servants’ quarters below, wander through their gaslit world. Family-friendly with a ‘hands-on’ policy. Vast courtroom and grim cells included. Featured on BBC2’s ‘Simon Schama’s History of Britain’. Tourist Information Centre and local history rooms also on site.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

1 March - 22nd December daily. Closed Mon/Tues in Nov/Dec. Any other time by prior arrangement.

Closed: 23rd December - 28th/29th February, but available for group bookings by prior arrangement.

Admission charges

Adult £5.25, Child £3.95, Concession £4.75, Family £15.00
Group Rates: Adult £4.75, Concession £4.75
Registered Disabled visitors free


  • Museums Association

Additional info

Tour transcripts also available in Welsh, French, Dutch and German

Period rooms contain predominantly original furnishings from the building. Additional collections include photographs and objects relevant to the Radnorshire Constabulary and the building's life as a court. It also houses the town's local history collection, which is strong on agricultural tools, trade items, and clothing.

Collection details

Agriculture, Costume and Textiles, Law and Order, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce

Key artists and exhibits

  • Radnorshire Constabulary
  • Joseph Murray Ince
  • Presteigne
  • Legal memoribilia
  • Mary Morgan tombstone
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Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: The Judge's Lodging

  • 13 September 2015

Step into the 1870s at the award-winning Judge's Lodging and see how the world looked to the Victorian judges, their servants and felonious guests. Lit only by oil and gas lamps, you can wander through the judge's private apartments, sit in his armchair or at his dining table. This is an historic house with a difference - you can touch. Below stairs you can pump water in the kitchen, and explore the servants' sleeping quarters and workrooms. Damp cells and vast courtroom included! Eavesdropping audiotour of voices from the past to lead you around. Try your hand at some of our fun activities, including folding napkins for fine dining the Victorian way - don't know how to turn your napkin into a little bootie to put your bread roll in? You will after a visit! 'One of the world's most appealing small museums' Dr John Davies, historian.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



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Victorian Resources


Web resources for teachers, including primary materials, such as trial transcripts, trade directories and photographs of Victorians. Games and recipes to try at home or in the classroom, mystery objects, Victorian food and the Case of the Missing Underpants! Two Pdf packs for teachers on Victorian Schools and Victorian Toys, with lots of pictures, things to do and info.

How to obtain

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Judge's Lodging
Broad Street









Main Line/enquiries

01544 260650

Manager's Office

01544 260651


01544 260652

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