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The House on Crutches Museum

Bishops Castle Shropshire England
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shrops crutchesOver the Easter weekend, 25th to 28th March inclusive the museum will open from 2pm - 5pm on Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday

After Easter the museum will open from 30th April until 17th September, from 2pm - 5pm every Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday

Admission FREE

Note there are steps and stairs throughout this ancient building

If you can't make our set opening hours we offer guided tours at a time to suit you,  just contact the staff at the nearby Town Hall  

email info@bishopscastletownhall.co.uk or telephone 01588 630 023, Monday - Saturday. Leave your contact and request details and we will get back to you to make arrangements. A small charge is made for such tours depending on numbers.

Find out about many aspects of community life and agriculture in Bishop's Castle and South West Shropshire, through displays of local artefacts and memorabilia mostly from the 19th and early 20th centuries, alongside displays about the distinctive economic and political history of this unique border town. The museum trust is planning to add a special new artefact this year. We hope you'll have time to seek it out.....

At Bishop's Castle Heritage Resource Centre (BCHRC) in Chapel Yard we hold a regular Local History Centre open session on Saturday mornings from 10.30am - 1pm, when volunteers are on hand to help with family, local history and research enquiries. As at the museum, admission is free though donations are vital to these independent and volunteer run facilities.

To contact us direct use our email address mail@bchrc.co.uk or ring 01588 630 556

Daniels Mill

Bridgnorth Shropshire England
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A picturesque working water mill with 38ft. cast iron waterwheel producing wholemeal flour traditionally. Family owned for 250 years. Personal guided tours for all visitors, by millers Alan & Peter George.


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Market Drayton's Own Museum

Market Drayton Shropshire England
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The story of Drayton

It's called "The Story of Drayton", because that's exactly what it is.


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The Judge's Lodging

Presteigne Powys Wales
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'One of the world's most appealing small museums'

Dr John Davies, historian. 

Truly inspirational' is how HRH Prince of Wales described The Judge's Lodging on a visit to this stunningly restored Victorian courthouse. Historic Royal Palaces Curator & historian, Lucy Worsley exclaimed 'WHAT a stunning place!' after filming for the BBC in the building and the Hudson's Heritage Awards hailed it as 'Britain's Best Hidden Gem'. A visitor in October 2018 summed their impression up in the Visitor Book as 'breathtaking in its authenticity'. You really do need to see for yourself what all the fuss is over this exceptional courthouse in the tiny Welsh border town of Presteigne.
The Judge's Lodging has long had a reputation for liking the quirkier side of history, so a visit to the museum will treat you to all sorts of fascinating insights into Victorian living, from jelly-making and napkin folding to toilet habits and household maintenance hints. This award-winning historic judge's accommodation and court offers a most unusual journey back in time. Wander through the judge's private apartments and make yourself at home, for The Judge's Lodging an historic house with a difference – you can touch!

You can lie on the beds, read the judge's books and even pump water in the kitchen. Below stairs there is the full range of servants' rooms to explore, with kitchens, sleeping quarters and workrooms; a whole gaslit world to discover. The tour is finished by a trip to the vast echoing courtroom, where you are haunted by the echoes of trials long since concluded. You are guided through this Victorian world by an eavesdropping audiotour featuring the voice of actor Robert Hardy.

There's a host of special events and exhibitions to add to your entertainment. Every school holiday will come with exciting trails and activities to entertain the young, along with their own guidebook, full of facts about toilets, pants and things odd. There's a host of new activity chests to explore too. Look out for special events and news throughout the year on the website, or follow on:

There will be a 2019 exhibition to explore in the museum's community space: 'Ladies of Llanandras' will look at the lives and achievements of local women and will run from April to late August. In the autumn, there will be a selling exhibition of works by the museum's 2019 Artist in Residence, Matthew Wood. Throughout the year you can watch Matthew work, as he brings the building to life under his brush. Look out for events, classes and dates to watch him work on the website.
If you need to relax, the museum will also be running a pop-up tearoom throughout holiday periods, where you can grab some locally roasted coffee and cakes baked just 100 yards away.

Important note: If you turn up to see The Judge's Lodging throughout Spring and Summer 2019, please do not be put off if you see scaffolding from down the road – it is open! The building is 'having its hair done', as the staff like to call it (the roof is having much-needed repair work) and the building is being repainted in special mineral paints to copy its Victorian appearance. There will be a new visitor welcome area too!

If you want more information on any of the museum's work or activities, visit the website or just call the staff who are always happy to chat.

Photography by Dave Jones and Alex Ramsay.
Painting of Dining Room fireplace by Matthew Wood

 Outside22025Painting - Dining Rm fireplace MWWriting Slope-1


Tar Tunnel

Ironbridge Shropshire England
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A short walk from Coalport China Museum, alongside the Shropshire Canal, takes you to the Tar Tunnel.

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