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Shaw House

Church Road, Newbury RG14 2DR, England
01635 279279
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Ranked #9 of 10 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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English first
Newbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

A beautiful house thoroughly spoilt. A hideous conference facility that has potential to be so much more. Real shame.

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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30 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Friendly and welcoming staff made this an interesting and enjoyable visit. The building renovation is impressive and shows what a huge difference the Heritage Lottery grant can make. Whilst the building is unfurnished, each room is well presented, with simple and easy to read information panels. Children are obviously made welcome and well catered for. The cafe area provided good... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Shaw House dates back to Elizabethan times, Queen Elizabeth the first of course, not the second. It has a rich history and has seen many changes over the years. The view when you arrive at the front gate is spectacular and the house oozes charisma and character. It is a lovely place to have a wedding. The inside is now... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

This is a really lovely little place to go if you want to waste a few hours...it's nice to go when there's a battle on or something a bit more special....the grease night was a little too expensive though:( be nice to see a vintage craft fair too!

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

It was an excellent night, full of fun. Good choice of film it meant we could take the children. Staff were lovely and helpful. Venue fantastic. The down side was we were surrounded by smokers! Maybe next time Shaw House you could have a designated smoking area? I would have given it 5 stars otherwise

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Ascot
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

Don't let the fact that the rooms open to the public are unfurnished put you off visiting this architectural gem. Shaw House is the largest Elizabethan house in Berkshire and the only house of this period in Berkshire to survive in its near-original form. Up until it became a school in 1943 it had various owners & all the original... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

The restoration work, thanks to the English lottery, has been lovingly performed. The employees are knowledgeable yet not obtrusive. Educational corner in each room great for children and families. Ideal location for weddings which was taking place as we arrived. Otherwise, not very busy on the bank holiday weekend so we could roam to our heart's content. Highly recommend.

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

In the manner of a Michelin Guide - this is worth a detour, but not really worth a journey. It has much history, but totally lacking in period fittings or furnishings. Unfortunately it is being used as a conference centre and isn't anything like a National Trust, or English Heritage venue. The staff do present it very well and are... More

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