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Shaw House

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Address: 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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Kids welcome

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Belfast, United Kingdom
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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

1 Thank philmcrob
Gosport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

1 Thank Angela G
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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18 reviews
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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
Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

what a gem. the building is really fantastic and the staff are informative, Adam gave us an informative introductory talk about the history of the house and its owners, which bought the place alive. Great place to visit and FREE

Thank delliott68
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

Just a lovely place to visit. Very quiet - much more so than I thought it should be but gives you the feeling of having the place to yourself. Stuart gave a really interesting talk at the beginning summing-up the history of the house and the restoration. Fascinating but not overbearing. Staff were so friendly and helpful and there's a... More 

1 Thank SnwnIce
Reading, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

Considering this is free it's a fantastic place. The man who gave us the introductory history talk was brilliant - informative, knowledgable and funny. The facilities here are brilliant - toilets, a room for kids to do things like dress up or colour plus a more chilled room with bean bags. The gardens are lovely to stroll around. Once your... More 

1 Thank Wendy S
Andover, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

a hidden gem with a fascinating history from Civil War times, and very friendly and informative staff

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