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Shaw House

Church Road, Newbury RG14 2DR, England
01635 279279
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Ranked #6 of 14 Attractions in Newbury
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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Exmouth, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Having visited Newbury on several previous occasions, it was a surprise and delight to visit Shaw House for the first time. The architecture is delightful, and with a fascinating history (including its role in the second battle of Newbury in 1644), and more recent vicissitudes, the careful restoration in recent years make a visit very rewarding. We particularly liked the... More

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Cardiff, UK
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22 attraction reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Shaw House is used as Council working space, so it’s mainly open to the public only at weekends, from mid-February to the end of September. If you visit, don’t expect a national Trust type of experience, but it does have free parking. You get to wander around rooms in the restored house, which is very impressive, but without the usual... More

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Launceston, England, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Shaw House was my old secondary school back in the early 1970's, it is a beautiful Elizabeth I manor house, that has a long and interesting history. In the window frame of our history room is a civil war musket hole, reputed to have been a shot made at Charles I when he stayed there. I think it is a... More

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Thatcham, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I visited Shaw House with my partner as she was a former pupil when it was a girl's school,back in the late 1950 's so it brought back happy memories for her.An impressive building but most of the rooms were empty so not very much to see.More information about each room would have been useful.What was interesting was a small... More

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7 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Visited shaw house to watch robin hood at the open air theatre. Another fantastic production by illyria. Lovely grounds to sit and picnic in. Luckily the sun was shining. The toilets were clean but a bit of a pain being downstairs in the basement. Nice little cafe, only had a cuppa cos had picnic with us.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Great evening, great atmosphere.......just a shame the evening wasn't a bit warmer! The event was well organised, parking was easy and the film (Dirty Dancing) started on time. The screen was in front of the house, where we all sat on picnic chairs or rugs.

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Basingstoke, England, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

My Husband and myself decided to visit for a look. We just wanted to walk round. The fact I was in my mobility scooter did not stop me from seeing it all; but the rooms are bare of furniture and ornaments. . The staff were knowledgeable , friendly, and very helpful. A bit more information in each room would be... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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201 reviews 201 reviews
76 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This red brick old school house is worth a visit if in Newbury. The fee is £3 pp and there is a guide at the entrance who gives you a bit of the history. It is fascinating that it was used as a meting place for the royalists during the civil war, later became a girls school, was bombarded during... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I wasn't expecting much. To be honest, we just wanted to dwindle away an hour or so. What a surprise. Shaw house has more than meets the eye. Ok, there are no fascinating object d'arts, expensive pieces of furniture, no real curios, let's face it, it's an empty house. But..the House Guide can bring the place to life - we... More

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I cannot describe the feeling I got when I arrived ar T reception..so calm so serene..time seemed to stand still and allow me to soak in the wonderful feeling of ancient times with today.. A truly lovely place that transports you back in time with a nod the the present. Thanks for a lovely visit.

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