Shaw House

Shaw House, Newbury: Hours, Address, Shaw House Reviews: 4.5/5

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Built in 1581 by Newbury clothier Thomas Dolman this fine Elizabethan building was recently restored through a £6million project. The stories and characters from Shaw House’s varied past are bought to life in the new exhibition. An ideal day out for families; Wheelie Do activities are located throughout the house, with activities from designing the gardens to playing our Civil War board game. Exciting and varied events program. Open most weekends.
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René C
13 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Very beautiful building, exceptional staff. Only takes about 45 minutes to get around everything but there is also a nice cafe on site. Free entry and free parking!
Written 4 June 2022
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Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a brilliant review. So pleased you enjoyed your visit.
Written 6 June 2022
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Cherriesfan99
Cheltenham, UK502 contributions
May 2022
A quite extraordinary historic Elizabethan property, it is so worth a visit - so much history from its C17th roots to C21st girls school, and barracks / hospital, just some of uses of this attractive building.
No admission charge, but little in the way of furniture and artefacts. However, this magnificent building has had a tremendous amount of money, time and manpower to restore it.
Used as a conference centre and also a registry office, this is probably because of its size, and layout there is no impact on viewing the centuries old wall paper, and mantlepieces.
Great place to visit and terrific very helpful voluntary and permanent staff.
Written 7 May 2022
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a great review. So pleased you enjoyed your visit to Shaw House.
Written 9 May 2022
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Malibu_Jenny
Reading, UK291 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Shaw House is magnificent; it’s used as conference centre and a registry office, but on the days it’s open to the public it’s well worth a look round. There’s an excellent craft room to enjoy with kids and some seasonal trails to do as you explore the house and garden. We particularly enjoyed the Pumpkin Hunt. There’s even a sweet little cafe that’s good for a cup of tea and a slice of cake, or tables in the grounds to enjoy your picnic. Staff were lovely, friendly and helpful.

The information boards were pretty detailed and the anecdotes about historic moments and Royal visitors were interesting. It’s not easy to find your way round, with no logical route through the house, so take care to make sure you don’t miss anything! There was a whole extra room of artefacts that we discovered completely by accident and we never did find the bakehouse and the Orangery. However, this added to the charm and the kids loved the feeling of exploration.

Best of all, entry is free and parking is free, making this Council-run property a thrifty alternative to visiting nearby National Trust offerings. You can take all the photos you like and you can enjoy it in your own time without tickets and time slots. It’s a must see if you have an interest in local or Civil War history.

In my case, I had found someone in my family tree who had lived and worked at Shaw House more than 100 years ago, so to see it like this gave me a sense of connection. The preservation of this building and the access for all is a real credit to the Council. It’s been kept as it should be. Well done to all those involved in making this such a lovely, family friendly place to visit.
Written 28 October 2021
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Many thanks for the lovely review, we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Shaw House and look forward to welcoming you again.
Written 1 November 2021
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C. Marker
Newbury, UK8 contributions
Jun 2021
This is a beautiful historical property. We went here on a Sunday afternoon and there was a sculpture show going on. The cafe is so sweet and the coffee very good. The gardens are beautiful. If you want a nice sojourn do make a visit!
Written 3 September 2021
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Thank you so much for leaving your comments and we are pleased your enjoyed your visit to the House.
Written 27 September 2021
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hc351
Fleet, UK13 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Pleasant grounds, empty interiors. Went to an Antiques Fair held in the grounds. As the House was advertising a cafe thought it would be lovely to have a cup of tea and a slice of cake. Lots of staff behind counter in cafe but sadly no food other than crisps and bars of chocolate. This was at 1.30pm. Drinks served in cardboard cups. All the staff not doing very much except watching the mainly elderly clientele struggling to manage trays, drinks, crisps and chocolate whilst squeezing through narrow gaps between the tables. Far from impressed. More of a basic tuck shop than a cafe. Take your own food and drink if you go ...
Written 29 August 2021
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Thank you for leaving us a review and visiting Shaw House and the Antiques Fair. We were over whelmed with visitor support for the Antiques Fair which meant we were unable to offer our usual welcome talk to visitors, in which we explain that the interior of the House is minimal because we host meetings and conferences during the week and so are unable to ‘dress’ the House in period furniture. However, for our Public Opening we are able to reveal some of the original Elizabethan architecture and provide historic interpretation for each room. We also have our new Dressed For Shaw exhibition in which many mannequins dressed in period costumes have been placed in the rooms to help tell Shaw House’s history, we are sorry if you missed this. As you correctly comment, we did sell out of freshly made cakes and sandwiches by 1.30pm. We are sorry for the lack of refreshments during your visit and will definitely look to rectify this for future events. I can assure you our staff worked tirelessly throughout the day to serve customers as efficiently as possible and I’m sorry your interpretation made you feel otherwise. Along with free entry to the House and Grounds, we are delighted to offer guests the space to enjoy their own food in the grounds and for guaranteed catering on the day of your visit, we offer fresh, locally made picnics which are bookable on our website.
Written 27 September 2021
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misspolley85
9 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
We had our wedding ceremony at Shaw House this August. It really is a beautiful venue, both the ceremony room and grounds.
Our only disappointment was the lack of personal skills the registrar had towards myself (a very nervous bride) and some of our guests.
Written 25 August 2021
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Thank you for leaving Shaw House a review. We're glad you enjoyed the building, but will make sure we pass on your comment to the Registrars.
Written 27 September 2021
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Terry
Northampton, UK3 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Lovely staff. Particularly enjoyed the informative but brief talk from Adam.
You can't argue with free entry. And the coffee shop had great ale!
Written 20 August 2021
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Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a positive review, much appreciated!
Written 27 September 2021
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Michael N
Cheadle Hulme, UK3,864 contributions
Jul 2021
Had hoped to see the house as we though school holidays had started but found it was the following week (or weekends). Website was not very clear.
Receptionist did allow us to visit the main hall and the historical time line.

Were going to use the café but due to issues it was exact change only and no cards could be used.
Not much in the grounds but the Elizabethan Manor House that had also been a school and was now a register office and wedding venue. It looked attractive and we will return if in the area again.
Written 1 August 2021
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Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. I'm sorry to hear you were a bit early for our weekday public opening, we shall look at the improving the information on the website. We look forward to you re-visiting.
Written 27 September 2021
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Aaron L
11 contributions
Jul 2021
No formal entry charge but donations were welcomed. The interpretation boards were very well set out and contained some amusing elements. We learned a great deal about Shaw House and its various uses. It was a lovely experience and the chocolate cake was most enjoyable. Catering staff were very accommodating
Written 30 July 2021
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Thank you so much for leaving your comments! We're pleased your enjoyed your visit to the House.
Written 27 September 2021
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Dakles
Southampton, UK1,329 contributions
Sep 2020
We only discovered this place because our daughter was getting married and the registry office is located here. The building is a superb Elizabethan mansion situated in lovely grounds on the outskirts of Newbury. Sadly, the interior is now closed due to Covid but the cafe and toilets are still available. Under normal circumstances there are public opening times for a series of exhibition rooms where you can learn the story of the house and view art exhibitions and the like. Picnics are allowed in the grounds and there is a large car park.
Written 29 September 2020
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Thank you for your review, we do hope you can visit Shaw House again in the near future when we are open to the public from Feb – Sept 2021.
Written 2 November 2020
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