Talbot House - Museum
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Talbot House is typical British club, founded during the Great War to offer a home from home to over half a million soldiers. It was and very much still is run on the basis of some engenius house rules, such as the Every Man's Club principle. Here you can find peace in the beautiful English garden, enjoy a cuppa in the canteen whilst the old piano plays another tune. Upstairs, you'll find comfort in the original chapel of the House. A visit to Talbot House is truly an authentic experience. But there's more. Why not go and enjoy the Happy Hoppers show in the original Concert Hall? Explore a temporary exhibition, have a chat with the resident wardens or discover the new permanent exhibition (2020) which showcases 500 artefacts from the Talbot House archives, spanning over a full century. Also, did you know Talbot House is a Guest House where you can stay the night? It's by far the most authentic accommodation on the Western Front with every room having its own story. See you soon!
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Ian E
Cannock, UK580 contributions
Sep 2022
A great story and a lovely place to visit. The museum is excellent and the house itself straight out of the early 1900's. I found the place very calming, unfortunately due to knee problems I was not able to get up to the chapel at the top of the house, but friends took images and video for me. I will be going back here, one of those places that when you find it, you need to go back again.
Written October 9, 2022
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Globetrotter045
Haacht, Belgium5,458 contributions
Aug 2020 • Solo
The Talbot House was an oasis of peace amidst the horrors of WOI. All the English soldiers, rang nor status mattered, were welcome to spend a few hours away from the war.
A very interesting place and furthermore the Talbot House is very beautifully restored.
Lots to see : you start with an exhibition about the Talbot House, then you can walk around the lovely garden and see a temporary exhibition in the bath house. Next a visit to the beautiful Talbot house where you will be offered a cup of coffee or tea. Finally you take the stairs to the concert hall and ast house where you can see 2 films.
Highly recommended.
Written September 2, 2020
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Thank you for your very nice reference. Glad to see the House spoke to you as well. Hope to welcome you again in the future!
Written September 3, 2020
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LesleyScarborough
Scarborough, United Kingdom1,164 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
What a privilege it was to visit this special place. To begin with our visit started like a visit to any other small museum where we entered a modern conversion at the side of the original building, paid our entrance fee and wandered among some interesting exhibits and photos from the Great War. Then we stepped into the garden and the atmosphere hit us, or rather wrapped itself around us. You enter the house from the garden and are immediately offered free tea or coffee in china cups, served by volunteers alongside the original piano where troops of all ranks were entertained from 1915-18. When I sat down to enjoy my tea and realised what was happening, how the volunteers were carrying on the wartime policy of offering hospitality to all comers, I felt quite emotional. I've not been anywhere else where it was so easy to appreciate something of the atmosphere and purpose of a historic building, especially once we'd climbed the steep stairs to the chapel which truly felt like holy ground. Thank you Tubby Clayton for your vision and thanks to the volunteers who keep the place going. Reader, you must visit this special place (closed Mondays). You will be on hallowed ground.
Written October 29, 2015
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Neil C
Herts71 contributions
Dec 2019
Having visit Ypres a number of times we had never visited Talbot House, aka TOC H / Tubby's House in Poperinge before. It is about 20 mins drive from Ypres and is really worth a visit. The house was used as a refuge for soldiers of all ranks "leave your rank at the door" on R&R from the frontline.

There are simple films showing the history and then you cam walk into the house which is also a guest house. It is beautifully done you are given an IPAD that comes to life at different points and you finish the tour back in the living room where you are offered tea/ coffee or cake by the "guide", who apparantly are from a group of twelve "caretakers" who manage the house throughout the year.

You can really feel the history and with its orignal layout and the pictures from the time it really is quite haunting although a very special place - don't be put off by the unassuming entrance.

A very special place and we have been to a lot!
Written December 30, 2019
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Thank you very much for your reaction. It's great to see you enjoyed your tour so much! Hope to welcome you again soon! And...if you are a regular, why not consider joining the Talbotousians?
Written February 3, 2020
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Laura C
Arlington, WA56 contributions
Oct 2019
This was a place where alcohol was not served, there was a library and gardens where a soldier could truly be at peace. You can visit the entire house, pretty much, including the attic where there was a chapel. There is a continuous movie where they show recreations of the musical shows they would put on for the soldiers.
Written November 9, 2019
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dashanedho
Copenhagen Region, Denmark41 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
I was already so tired by visiting other places connected to the Great War that I didn't want to visit this place. But luckily I have managed as this place reflects very well the spirit of the old times. A lot has been preserved and you are invited in friendly way to interact with or not to touch if vulnerable the objects. You hear a story about how many litres of tea have been drunk at this place (as alcohol was not served) and a couple of minutes later a friendly Englishman offers you a cup of tea. You read about cabaret shows and you bump into a piano, which you can play. So in the end of the tour you don't feel tired anymore but refreshed.
Written March 19, 2019
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bluemoon4
England42 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
We found this a very, very special place and learned a lot. A place where many soldiers received their first and last Communion. It was very touching to climb up to the attic chapel. A house offering solace before and after the front line. Simply but meaningfully presented. It was a lovely touch to be offered a complimentary tea, coffee or juice and sit where the soldiers would have done. The staff were friendly and discreet allowing us to reflect upon the history. We spent just over an hour in the house and garden and then explored Poperinge which was very worthwhile. We are glad to have learned about 'Tubby'.
Written August 18, 2018
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KayKlym
Leighton Buzzard, UK19 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
This is a real tribute to the life of a solider and how he could spend his free time in WW1. The information available is great and the video that you can watch shows how the troops might have been feeling.
Written June 24, 2018
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Michel😏
Belgium70 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
Charming war story compared to the other musea in the area. Nice visit, but somewhat expensive compared to the Hop Museum.
Written July 27, 2021
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hillfieldjp
Gloucester, UK203 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
This is a great place to visit and get a feel for what it must have been like away from the trenches. The house and gardens are calm and welcoming with a warm atmosphere. The extra exhibition in the garden gallery was most interesting. Our hosts, who provided us with a cup of tea and a piece of cake were most hospitable and interesting.
Written October 19, 2019
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