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.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Gustav Holst

Holst Birthplace Museum - New Acquisitions Exhibition - 2015

  • 25 March 2015 — 2 April 2016 *on now

This exhibition showcases the Museum's most recent acquisitions to its collection.
Star items include three original carte-de-visite photographs of Gustav Holst as a child which have never been on display or published before.
Other items include letters to Holst from Ralph Vaughan Williams and Hubert Parry.
There is also a delightful letter from Holst addressed to the new born baby boy of one of his friends.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Normal museum entry admission applies
Adult £5.00 Concession £4.50 Child £2.00 Under 5 free
Family ticket £12.00



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.
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Who Built Pittville? A talk by Dr Steven Blake

  • 18 February 2016 From 7:30pm

Who built Pittville? Speculators, Builders, Colonels…and Ladies of Independent Means

A talk by Dr Steven Blake. A joint event from the Holst Birthplace Museum and the Friends of Pittville.

Dr Blake will deliver a fascinating account of the people behind the building of many of Pittville's historic houses, who thus contributed to making Pittville the beautiful area it is today. Steven's talk will include details of the life and career of James Creed, the Cheltenham plumber and glazier who built 4 Pittville Terrace - aka the Holst Birthplace Museum!

Suitable for

  • Any age


Main Hall, Pittville School
Albert Road
GL52 3JD


Adults - £10.00
Holst Birthplace Trust Members - £8.00
Children - £5.00

Includes a glass of wine or a soft drink.

Available from: the Wilson Tourist Information Centre Cheltenham, from the Holst Birthplace Museum after 15th February, and on the door.

01242 524846

Holst Birthplace Museum,
4 Clarence Road
Cheltenham GL52 2AY



Holst Birthplace Museum
4 Clarence Road
GL52 2AY






Education and events



01242 524846

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