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 Saturday 16 February – Sunday 29 September 2019, 11am – 4pm. Also, throughout the school holidays (except the Christmas holidays) 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday. Please note we are closed on Good Friday.

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.

Admission
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.

Accessibility
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

Dogs
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.

Facilities

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.

Café
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.

Weekend Opening Times
Normal Opening February 16, 2019 to September 29, 2019 11am to 4pm
Holiday Opening Times
February Half Term February 18, 2019 to February 22, 2019 10am to 4pm
Good Friday April 19, 2019 Closed
Easter Monday April 22, 2019 11am to 4pm
Easter Holidays April 8, 2019 to April 18, 2019 10am to 4pm (Weekdays)
May Bank Holiday May 6, 2019 11am to 4pm
Spring Bank Holiday May 27, 2019 11am to 4pm
May Half Term May 28, 2019 to May 31, 2019 10am to 4pm (Weekdays)
Summer Holidays July 29, 2019 to August 30, 2019 10am to 4pm
August Bank Holiday August 26, 2019 11am to 4pm
October Half Term October 28, 2019 to November 1, 2019 10am to 4pm (Weekdays)
SCHEDULED CLOSURES: Due to private functions Shaw House will not be open to the public on the following dates, we apologies for any inconvenience caused; 8 August 2020, 22 August 2020, 5 September 2020.
Please note: 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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