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Cowper & Newton Museum - CLOSED

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Bobbin Lace and Amazing Grace

A short drive east of J14 of the M1 motorway you will find the vibrant country town of Olney... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2018
Jan S
Treasure trove

We visited as part of a history and heritage package and didn't know what to expect. However... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2018
Philip S
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*The Museum is OPEN as the Opening Times Suggest!* Relive Georgian life in the home of the poet William Cowper, where he used to meet his friend, the preacher and former slave trader John Newton, author of the hymn 'Amazing Grace' Find out about the...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Orchard Side | Market Place, Olney MK46 4AJ, England
+44 1234 711516
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Reviewed 6 August 2018

A short drive east of J14 of the M1 motorway you will find the vibrant country town of Olney. Standing, unassumingly, in the centre of the town the Cowper & Newton Museum is waiting to welcome you. See their website for details but, be warned,...More

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Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

We visited as part of a history and heritage package and didn't know what to expect. However, Paula, the manager, was expecting us and welcomed us to the museum. She gave us a full tour of the gardens and museum. She was unbelievably knowledgeable and...More

1  Thank Philip S
Reviewed 10 June 2018

Today we just visited the garden, where afternoon tea was being served, and women were making Buckinghamshire lace the traditional way. The gardens are superb - very English country garden - so well looked after. Our friends from London were most impressed and took away...More

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Reviewed 7 June 2018

You may not remember reading or studying the works of William Cowper, an 18th century poet, nor his friend, John Newton, a clergyman and former Captain of slave ships. Or have you? Newton wrote the famous hymn, "Amazing Grace." He became close friends with the...More

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

Visited on a lovely summer day so wandered around the well restored garden with its unique history. House was so interesting with so many artefacts and personal details about Mr Cowper and a real insight into his life and friendships. The Newton room detailing his...More

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

This small, privately run museum was a pleasure to visit and is run by enthusiastic volunteers. There are three floors and numerous steps up and down so beware if you have mobility issues. The garden would be nice in summer I expect, the small summerhouse...More

1  Thank CarltonA10
Reviewed 26 November 2017

Easy to find in the main square of Olney this quaint building is home to the memory of William Cowper a poet and John Newton the author of the famous hymn "Amazing Grace", which he wrote after his conversion to Christianity and change of heart...More

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Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

This museum has some interesting displays regarding 2 famous residents of Olney. I would not go out of my way to visit but it is nice little spot if you have some spare time and are in the area. I certainly learned a few things...More

Thank aldanmikol
Amanda M, Trustee at Cowper & Newton Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2017

We're glad to hear that you enjoyed popping in to the Museum & Gardens ... and with 3 new eateries opening very soon we're very spoilt for choice for refreshments at any time of the day. Thanks for visiting

Reviewed 14 October 2017

Even though I have visited Olney for nearly 30 years, I have always walked past this museum until today, drawn in my the view of October sunshine in the beautiful walled gardens. What a gem I have missed, its absolutely charming. It's shone a light...More

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Amanda M, Trustee at Cowper & Newton Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Thank you so very much much - the garden team will be delighted to hear that the view through to the Courtyard drew you in as this is a new design for this year. You will make their day!

Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

This is a pretty museum in the lovely town of Olney. The staff were welcoming and clearly enthusiastic which is so important as a visitor. Well worth a visit if you spend time here.

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Amanda M, Trustee at Cowper & Newton Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Thank you so much for posting and we will pass on your positive comments to our front of house volunteers - who will be delighted!

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