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Red House Museum & Garden


Red House Museum and Gardens is housed in a former workhouse built in 1764. The Georgian building is now filled with a rich variety of displays and objects with a local theme. There’s also a changing programme of temporary exhibitions, ranging from major shows to local arts and crafts.

The well-tended gardens contain many historic flowers and plants and there’s a walled herb garden and woodland walk for visitors to enjoy.

Admission Free

Opening Times

From 28th May 2021 Opening hours will be Friday- Sunday 10-5pm

We have introduced advanced booking to Red House Museum and Gardens to help us manage our visitor numbers. Booking your visit is free. Timed visits to Red House Museum and Gardens take place at 10:00am, 12:00pm and 2:00pm. Please book a visiting time for each member of your party, including children:


A range of sessions are available for schools including Key Stage 1: Toys, Key Stage 2: Mini Museums; How the Town Began; The Saxons; Into the Workhouse; and, Explore: Connect: Create suitable for KS1, KS2 & KS3.

Two sessions are available for outreach sessions to schools Key stage 1: Telling Tales and Key stage 2: Mystery Objects.



Museum facilities
Refreshments Café
Gift shop  Yes
Toilets for Wheelchair Users   
Guided Tours   
Audio Tours   
Wheelchair Accessability  Level access to ground floor displays, café, shop and gardens and stairs to upper levels. Further access information available on the Museum’s website.
Induction Loop   
Facilities for the Blind / Visually Impaired   
Group Visits  
School Visits  
Outreach activities  



Quay Road
BH23 1BU

0845 603 5635