Update August 2020

Shaw House is now open to the public following the recent Government announcement.
From the 8th August wearing face masks will be mandatory in museums and heritage sites. Therefore we are asking all heritage visitors to wear a mask whilst inside Shaw House. Thank you for your cooperation as always.

Please note: Government guidelines now state that all wedding guests should also wear masks. For information about the Registration Service please telephone 01635 279230

Weekend Opening
The House and grounds will reopen to the public on Saturday 18 July and will then be open every Saturday and Sunday until the end of the summer season on Sunday 27 September, 11am – 4pm.

Our staff will ask you to queue to get in to the building and you will be directed along the one-way system which runs throughout the House and will include the exhibition rooms where you can visit the new ‘Dressed for Battle’ civil war display.

The shop and café will be open. The café which will be running a take-out service (indoor seating will not be available, but we have plenty of picnic tables outside). Toilets will be available and we will have limits on single person/households in the lifts.

School Holiday Opening
The grounds only will be open Monday – Friday, 11am – 4pm, throughout the school holidays. Unfortunately our garden games will not be available but you are very welcome to bring your own along with a picnic, the café will only be running a limited take-out service. Dogs on leads are welcome. Toilets will be available. We ask you to please respect the space around those celebrating their weddings and other ceremonies within the House.

We will only be taking contactless card payments at this stage.

Entry to the House and grounds is free, as always, but donations are most welcomed.

Please note: Shaw House is currently open for a limited number of pre-booked small meetings. For information about new bookings please call 01635 279279.

We look forward to welcoming you very soon!

Events and Activities
Our Family Activity Days and Messy Museum Days will continue to take place on our social media platforms throughout the summer holidays and will be available to download from our Life Long Learning page, along with our new short story competition.

The annual Shaw House Summer Fair will also take place online this year with a virtual fair running throughout the day on Sunday 19 July. Visit us on facebook (@ShawHouseEvents) where we will bring the fun of the fair to you at home and showcase some of our amazing local crafters, bakers and makers!

How to find us

Shaw House 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.

Download a central Newbury and walking map here.

Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DR 
T: 01635 279279 E: shawhouse@westberks.gov.uk

Public Opening Times

For Public Visits:
Shaw House is open to the public every weekend between February – September, 11am – 4pm. Also, throughout the school holidays (except the Christmas holidays) 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday. Please note we are closed on Good Friday.

2020 opening dates: Saturday 15 February - Sunday 27 September.

Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy the Grade II listed lawns, while our younger 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).

Exhibition Rooms
Within the House visitors can explore the rooms and learn more about the history of the House in the permanent exhibition, for more information about what you can see please download the visitor guide.

'Dressed for Battle' - English Civil War exhibition
For the first time in over 34 years arms and armour from Littlecote House returns to the region. Now on display at Shaw House, this is a rare chance to see examples of what soldiers wore and likely fought with during the Battles of Newbury. The small selection on display once formed part of the most important surviving English Civil War armouries before being purchased by the Royal Armouries Museum in 1985.

Shaw House offers FREE admission on its standard public entry.
Charges will remain for activities and special events (these include Family Activity Days, theatre, cinema and fairs).

Our Meeting Spaces
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. Shaw House is open for conference and training bookings throughout the year. Normal opening hours are 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Please visit Shaw House: Venue Hire.

Most areas of Shaw house are accessible to those with limited mobility. We also have dedicated parking and toilet facilities for people with disabilities. Visitors are asked to please leave push chairs on the ground floor. Hip seats suitable for children from 6 months to 3 years are available from reception. Families visiting the Register Officer on the second floor or the café on the ground floor, prams and push chairs are permitted.

Access for visitors with autistic spectrum conditions
Sensory maps for Shaw House can be downloaded here Ground Floor | First Floor

Only assistance dogs are permitted inside Shaw House. Responsible owners are welcome to bring a dog for a walk around the grounds as longs as they are kept on a lead. Please do not bring dogs with you and then leave them in your car during your visit.

Hearing Loop
A hearing loop is available at reception, if a delegate with hearing aids requires the sound system.


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.

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. Please note the café is only open during normal opening hours for the public. If you are using the Register Officer, please call ahead to see if the café will be open during your visit. Visitors are also welcome to picnic in the grounds. Take-away picnics are also available at weekends from the café during the summer public open days, £10 per person, with a waterproof blanket for you to borrow during your visit.

Weekend Opening Times
Normal Opening February 15, 2020 to September 27, 2020 11am to 4pm
Holiday Opening Times
February Half Term February 17, 2020 to February 21, 2020 10am to 4pm
Good Friday April 10, 2020 Closed
Easter Monday April 13, 2020 11am to 4pm
Easter Holidays April 6, 2020 to April 17, 2020 10am to 4pm (Weekdays)
May Bank Holiday May 8, 2020 11am to 4pm
Spring Bank Holiday May 26, 2020 11am to 4pm
May Half Term May 25, 2020 to May 29, 2020 10am to 4pm (Weekdays)
Summer Holidays July 20, 2020 to August 28, 2020 10am to 4pm
August Bank Holiday August 31, 2020 11am to 4pm
October Half Term October 26, 2020 to October 30, 2020 10am to 4pm (Weekdays)
Please note: The House is not open at weekends during October Half term or Christmas Holidays. Weekend opening is between February and September.

Click the image below to download out map.