Gainsborough's House

Gainsborough's House
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Gainsborough's House is a museum and gallery at the childhood home of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), one of the greatest artists in the history of British art. It has the largest collection of Gainsborough's work on display in a single setting.

The house itself dates from around 1500 and retains many interesting architectural features. Its Georgian facade, and other elegant additions, date from the eighteenth century. The centrepiece of the beautiful walled garden is a large mulberry tree which dates back to Gainsborough's childhood.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site, Museum, Heritage site, Library, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

Closed: Good Friday and between Christmas and New Year.

Admission charges

Adults: £6.50*

Family: £15.00*

Children and Students: £2.00

Under 5s: Free

Groups of 10 or more: £5 per person

Friends and Art Fund members: Free

*This includes additional income from Gift Aid, which makes a big difference to us, but if you would prefer not to make this contribution the admission prices are:

Adults: £5.90

Family: £13.50


  • National Art Pass

The Gainsborough’s House permanent collection encompasses the artist’s whole career, from early portraits and landscapes painted in Suffolk during the 1750s, to later works from his Bath and London periods of the 1760s, 70s and 80s.

The collection of works on paper includes drawings by Gainsborough and his contemporaries, as well as prints by or after Gainsborough and other eighteenth-century artists. There is a selection of rare books and manuscripts from the period, including a number of Gainsborough’s letters.

We also have artefacts and items that formerly belonged to Gainsborough, including his studio cabinet, swordstick, paint scraper and pocket-watch.

The permanent collection is augmented by several loans of paintings and drawings from public and private collections.

For more information, and to search the Gainsborough's House Collection Online, visit

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities, Design, Costume and Textiles, Architecture, Social History, Religion, Literature

Gainsborough's House
46 Gainsborough Street
CO10 2EU




01787 372958


01787 376991

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