Holst Birthplace Museum

Exterior of the Holst Birthplace Museum - a small terraced Regency house built in about 1830.
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The Holst Birthplace Museum aims to celebrate the life and works of Gustav Holst, composer of The Planets. The museum was opened by Holst's daughter Imogen in 1975. Built in 1832, the birthplace is a mid-terrace townhouse of typical Regency style, retaining original nineteenth century features. Special events - Victorian Days, music lectures, children's activities - happen throughout the year. There is a specialist shop for Holst's music on CD.

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Opening hours

mid February to 30 June, 1 Oct to mid Dec: Tues to Sat 10.00 - 16.00, Closed Sun & Mon.
1 July to 30 September: Tues to Sat 10.00 - 17.00, Sun 13.30 - 17.00. Closed Mon.
Open Bank Holidays. Open for the Heritage Open Weekend.

Pre-booked groups can sometimes be accommodated on closed days.

Admission charges

Adults: £5.00
Concessions: £4.50
Family Ticket: £12.00 (2+3)
Child £2.00
under 5 free
Museum Association Members: Free
Art Fund Members: Free


  • Museums Association

Additional info

Due to the character of the building it is regretted that access is difficult for wheelchair users. There are 3 steps up to the front door and staircases to all floors in the building (basement to second floor). There is no lift but there is a handrail for all stairs except the entrance steps.

Holst's piano, family items and extensive printed archive of photographs and ephemera. Holst's music is played in the Music Room. Also paintings by Fuseli's pupil Theodor von Holst (1810-44). The extensive social history collection of domestic items is displayed in period room settings: Regency drawing room, Victorian bedroom, Edwardian nursery and a working c.1880s basement of kitchen, scullery, larder and servants' rooms.

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Personalities, Photography, Social History, Toys and Hobbies

Key artists and exhibits

  • Gustav Holst's Collard and Collard piano; paintings by Theodor von Holst.
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.
Dressing up with Regnecy Hats

Cakes and #Selfies

  • 31 May 2016 10:30am-2:30pm

Improve your #Selfie game with our dressing up clothes, aprons and hats.

Once you're done visit the basement and help Julia make Welsh Cakes and Droppped Scones on the Range. The best helpers will get tasters too....

Tuesday 31st May 2016

Drop-in between 10:30 and 2:30

Adults £5
Concessions £4.50

Up to three children FREE with every paying adult.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


Adult £5
Concession £4.50

Up to three children free with a paying adult



Our cook displaying the food

Regency Cookery Workshop

  • 2 June 2016 1-3pm

Vegetables, vinegar and a very hot Range! Come and learn how to cook 'Regency style' with our Regency cook.

Take home some yummy (and not so yummy) food for all of your family to try.

Thursday 2nd June

13:00 - 15:00

£3.50 per child (8 years and above). Light refreshments included.

To book, call 01242-524846 or email learning@holstmuseum.org.uk

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • Especially for children


£3.50 per child (8 years and above).
Light refreshments included.
To book, call 01242-524846 or email learning@holstmuseum.org.uk



Holst Birthplace Museum
4 Clarence Road
GL52 2AY






Education and events



01242 524846

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