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Address: Shaw House Church Road, Newbury RG14 2DR, England
Phone Number: 01635 279279

Built in 1581 by Newbury clothier Thomas Dolman this fine Elizabethan...

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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We got married at Shaw Houses in December 2015 and I should have done this review sooner as it really is a beautiful venue for a wedding. The staff are lovely and made our day... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Vicky B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got married at Shaw Houses in December 2015 and I should have done this review sooner as it really is a beautiful venue for a wedding. The staff are lovely and made our day amazing. Although it was December it was a beautiful day and we had pictures inside and outside. We also had our close family and friends... More 

Thank Vicky B
Newbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our first visit and we were the only ones there! The staff were so helpful and informative. We will definitely be visiting again. 2 adults and 2 teens and a 10 year old. We made a small donation. The grounds were well maintained. Recommend to all.

Thank shobhnachavda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Shaw House which is also the register office - in fact there were two weddings and a baby naming the day we were there so two of the rooms were out of bounds. However there was still plenty to see after an introductory talk by Adam which gave a good base about the house. Good tearooms too.

Thank Jeanette S
Brimpton, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Lovely situation on the edge of Newbury, however there are not many exhibits although there are themed events during which more archives are introduced

Thank Irene N
Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Fab free visit to this house. Excellent grounds. Inside enough to keep all interested. Go and enjoy.

Thank philmcrob
Gosport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

We visited on a Sunday morning and we were the only ones viewing the house. On arrival we were asked if we would like an informative talk about the house which we said yes to so at least we then knew something about it's history. Monday - Friday Shaw House becomes council offices so not sure about opening on those... More 

Thank Wendyonthesouthcoast
Heather E, Front Office Manager at Shaw House, responded to this review

Many thanks for leaving your comments and we are pleased you enjoyed your visit. Please be assured that there are no intentions to introduce any admission fees and the entrance will remain free. We are open every weekend from February until 25th September 2016 and in addition, we are open to the public during the school holidays. We hope to... More 

Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

Shaw House was the venue for a large summer family gathering of relatives from London and the South West. It has spacious grounds with picnic tables and the staff couldn't be more helpful or friendly. They even brought out giant Jenga, Connect 4 etc. games for us to play on the lawn. The house itself is beautiful and its hard... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

A beautiful building and grounds for the photos.This house is 430 years old and has been a school in the past. My children went there so it brought back many memories.

Thank DemonNan
Little Sodbury, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

We visited Shaw House as two couples we wandered around the property for two very enjoyable hours. It gives an excellent incite into English history. The staff were very friendly, full of interesting facts and helpful hints on getting the best from our FREE visit and NO there are no catches. We could have spent longer but sadly ran out... More 

Thank Nichola W
Hungerford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

We had our wedding here on the 28th of May and the team were fantastic!! Everyone commented on how stunning the grounds were and how lovely the building was!! Amazing day , thank you to all the team at Shaw House

Thank Richard R

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