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Shaw House

Church Road, Newbury RG14 2DR, England
01635 279279
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Ranked #5 of 11 Attractions in Newbury
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Built in 1581 by Newbury clothier Thomas Dolman this fine Elizabethan building was recently restored through a £6million project. The stories and... more » 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. « less
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Launceston, England, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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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
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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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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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london
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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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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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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
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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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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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Newbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Took the kids in summer holidays. It's ok for a couple of hours Max's and that's including if u take a picnic and eat in the grounds. Good local history. Kids enjoyed it but just not a lot of it.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

My wife is more interested in history and building than I so we visited on a rainy afternoon in May. Not really a lot to see, plenty to read with information boards everywhere but not very exciting. If want to inspire the youth of today about history & architecture this isn't the place for it I'm afraid, they'd be bored... More

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