Holst Victorian House


Explore life in Cheltenham’s only Victorian home open to all, the birthplace of composer Gustav Holst in 1874.


Holst Birthplace Museum


In Holst Victorian House you can explore the lives of some of the inhabitants, including Holst’s parents, both in Victorian and more modern times. The house is a time capsule of 19th century life with a working Victorian kitchen, Victorian bedroom, scullery and nursery.

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 its popular ‘Bake Back in Time’ events using the working coal-fired range.

Whether or not you have visited before, Holst Victorian House look forward to welcoming you to 4 Clarence Road and sharing with you the experience of living in a Victorian home.



Holst Victorian House welcomes groups and individual visitors of all ages. There is plenty for you and your family to do at the Museum including trails, costumes, toys and instruments.

We have baby changing facilities and are happy to store buggies and bags whilst you look around. Please do be aware that that there are steps to access the property and no lifts.

Why not try one of our family friendly events.

Holst Birthplace Museum


Support the Holst Victorian House

The Holst Birthplace Trust is a charity which exists to manage and care for the Holst Victorian House. 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.

Holst Birthplace Museum



We believe Volunteers are at the heart of our Museum

The Holst Victorian House 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.

Holst Victorian House


Museum opening hours:

Museum opening hours:

Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am-4pm

Tickets can be booked in advance (recommended) via the Holst Victorian House website (https://holstvictorianhouse.org.uk).  Walk-in visitors will be admitted providing that the museum is not overcrowded.


You can book your slot here

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Holst Victorian House

Explore life in Cheltenham’s only Victorian home open to all, the birthplace of composer Gustav Holst.

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