About Shaw House

Shaw House is one of the best preserved Elizabethan mansions in England.

Over the centuries the House has welcomed royalty, seen action during the Civil War, housed soldiers during World War II and schooled generations of local children.

Shaw House is the perfect venue for conferences, meetings and training and is ideally situated in tranquil surroundings on the north side of Newbury, within an hour’s journey of London, Bristol, Oxford and the South Coast, and just five minutes from the M4/A34 junction. It’s a 25 minute walk from Newbury town centre and is accessible by public transport.

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Our meeting spaces

The surroundings may be steeped in history but the facilities are very much set in the 21st century with modern digital and audio visual equipment.

If you are looking for a unique location for conferencing, seminars or meetings then Shaw House is the ideal venue to create an inspiring and productive environment. We have nine stunning rooms, all with their own historic character, plenty of natural daylight and a restful ambience. We can arrange rooms for 2 to 100 delegates depending on your layout specification.

Download our Conferences & Meetings brochure


Shaw House is also host to a year round programme of events and family activities, from open-air theatre to children’s craft sessions. To see what’s on or to sign up for more information click here.


Shaw House is open to the public during school holidays, and weekends from February to September and offers FREE* admission.

Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy the Grade II listed lawns, while our little visitors can explore the grounds, play amongst the 16th century trees and, if that doesn’t keep them entertained, we also provide giant garden games in the warmer months.

Hip seats, suitable for children from 6 months to 3 years, are available while you explore the House, (please leave pushchairs on the ground floor).

*Charges will remain for activities and special events


Shaw House café 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 homemade cakes in addition to several gluten free options, allergy advice is available from our staff.

Please note that the café is only open during normal opening hours for the public. If you are using the Register Office, please call ahead to see if the café will be open during your visit.


Gift Shop

You will find our gift shop adjacent to the reception. We stock a variety of Shaw House gifts and locally-produced items including confectionary, ceramics, Shaw House teddies, scarves and cards.




Take a Tour of Shaw House


Shaw House Gift Shop