Holst Birthplace Museum


Explore Cheltenham’s historic house, the Holst Birthplace Museum, where composer Gustav Holst was born in 1874.


Holst Birthplace Museum


The house is a time capsule of 19th century life with a working Victorian kitchen, Victorian bedroom, scullery and nursery. Visitors can also experience a Regency Sitting Room, of the type popular when Cheltenham was a fashionable spa town. It is the only Regency domestic room open to the public in the town and contains an impressive art collection.

Composer Gustav Holst’s life and times can be discovered in his Music Room, complete with the piano on which he composed The Planets.

The museum hosts a range of exhibitions, events and children’s activities throughout the year; including the popular ‘Bake Back in Time’ events which use the working coal-fired range.


Museum opening hours:
2 Apr 2019 - 14 Dec 2019
Tuesday – Saturday 10:30am - 4pm

Open on Bank Holiday Mondays



Visit us to discover the life and times of one of Britain’s greatest composers, Gustav Holst.


Holst Birthplace Museum


We have a variety of workshops and resources inspired by Holst’s compositions, work, life and times, which create exciting, varied and enjoyable learning opportunities for of all ages.


Support the Holst Birthplace Museum


Holst Birthplace Museum


The Holst Birthplace Trust is a charity which exists to manage and care for the Holst Birthplace Museum. It costs over £100 a day to keep the Museum open. Donations, being a Friend, volunteering and leaving a gift in your will, are all ways you can support us to ensure our much loved Museum remains open, thriving and able to offer an exciting programme of events, exhibitions, school visits and family activities.



We believe Volunteers are at the heart of our Museum


Holst Birthplace Museum


The Holst Birthplace Museum welcomes volunteers as an essential part of our organisation. Our volunteers join us to make friends, to pursue an interest, to further their careers or just for fun! No prior knowledge of Gustav Holst or Victorian history is needed.


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Holst Birthplace Museum

Cheltenham's historic house showing the upstairs downstairs childhood of Gustav Holst, composer of 'The Planets'.

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