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Shaw House

An important example of an early symmetrical H-plan Elizabethan mansion.

Church Road, Shaw, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DR

Shaw House gates
Free for members
Facilities
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
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Accessibility
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
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Shaw House is one of the best preserved Elizabethan mansions in England, built by Thomas Dolman in 1581. Over the centuries Shaw House has welcomed royalty, seen action during the Civil War, housed soldiers during World War II and schooled generations of local children.

The House and grounds are open at weekends and school holidays from February to September. Within the House visitors can explore the rooms and learn more about the history of the House in the permanent exhibition on the first floor, along with the ‘Dressed for Shaw’ costume exhibition which runs throughout the House. We also have a year round programme of events and activities.

 

Opening Times

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

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2024

10 February – 29 September, weekends from 11am – 4pm.

They are also open Monday to Friday during the school holidays (excluding Christmas holidays) from 10am – 4pm. Free children’s trails are available to collect from Reception.

 

Admission

Shaw House standard admission is free to all, including Historic Houses members.

Group Visits

Group visits may be made to the house and garden.

Please contact Heather Evans on 01635 279279 shawhouse@westberks.gov.uk

Educational Visits

Shaw House can offer school visits during school term time and can be tailored to your needs. If you have a certain area you are covering in the curriculum your visit can be designed to incorporate certain topics and areas of history.

We can offer access to the Exhibition Room with the opportunity to have an activity in one of the adjoining rooms which could be lead by our Learning and Participation Officer and designed for your group. Depending on the occupancy of the House we could provide a tour of some of the rooms and grounds outside.

Each enquiry is dealt with on an individual basis as availability will need to be checked and topics discussed.

Please enquire and provide some details of your visit such as number of children, topic and potential dates to clare.bromley@westberks.gov.uk.

We will then be able to assess the availability of resources and confirm if there will be a cost involved.

for the latest information.
Accessibility
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
Does our information need updating?
Let us know here

Getting here

Church Road, Shaw, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DR

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On the north edge of Newbury, five minutes from the M4/A34 junction.

It is also within a leisurely 25 minute walk from Newbury town centre and is accessible by public transport using the Jet Black bus service.

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Shaw House at a distance in Berkshire

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