Plan your visit

Reopening and Covid Secure Information

Shaw House will reopen to the public on Saturday 29 May until Sunday 26 September 2021, every weekend from 11am - 4pm and Monday to Friday throughout the school holidays from 10am - 4pm. 

Please note: the Registration Service is open for appointments. For information about wedding ceremonies please telephone 01635 279230

The House will be closed to the public on the following dates for private functions, we apologies for any inconvenience;
3 & 4 July, 6, 14 & 15 August, 4 & 5 September 2021

What to expect on arrival
Our staff may 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 where you can visit the new 'Dressed for Shaw' exhibition and the ‘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.

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

It is mandatory to wear face coverings in museums and heritage sites. Therefore we are asking all heritage visitors to wear a mask whilst inside Shaw House.

Events at Shaw House
In order for our summer events to go ahead, we have put a number of additional measures in place, for more information you can download our policy here.

NHS Covid-19 App
QR code posters are on display for you to scan on arrival. It is mandatory to wear a mask whilst inside Shaw House. Thank you for your cooperation as always.


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. ///riders.drama.dairy

Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DR 
T: 01635 279279 E:

Public Opening Times

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

2021 opening dates: Saturday 29 May - Sunday 26 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' - Runs until April 2022
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.

'Dressed for Shaw' - Sat 29 May – Sun 26 Sept 2021
Discover the history of Shaw House through an exhibition of period dress. Follow a trail through the House to see each handmade replica costume, giving visitors an instant insight into Shaw House’s changing fashions and who wore them. Admire the Farthingale’s of the 1580’s, the breeches of the 1640’s, frills of the 1730’s, the weathered wool of the 19th century. The Exhibition is a wonderful visual display for everyone to enjoy; there will be interactive activities for younger visitors and detailed information booklets to purchase for those who want to learn more about Dressed For Shaw.

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, as well as locally-produced homeware, jewellery and ceramics. Clothing, accessories, toys and cards are also available to purchase – plenty to buy as gifts for someone special or a treat for yourself!

A selection of items are also available to buy from the online Gift Shop here.

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 May 29, 2021 to September 26, 2021 11am to 4pm
Holiday Opening Times
February Half Term February 15, 2021 to February 19, 2021 Closed
Good Friday April 2, 2021 Closed
Easter Monday April 5, 2021 Closed
Easter Holidays - GROUNDS ONLY April 6, 2021 to April 16, 2021 8am to 4pm (Weekdays)
May Bank Holiday May 3, 2021 Closed
Spring Bank Holiday May 31, 2021 11am to 4pm
June Half Term June 1, 2021 to June 4, 2021 10am to 4pm (Weekdays)
Summer Holidays July 20, 2021 to September 1, 2021 10am to 4pm
August Bank Holiday August 30, 2021 11am to 4pm
October Half Term October 22, 2021 to October 29, 2021 11am to 4pm (Weekdays)
Please note: The House will be closed for private events on the following days 3 & 4 July, 6, 14 & 15 August, 4 & 5 September 2021. The House is not open at weekends during October Half term or Christmas Holidays. Weekend opening is between February and September.

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