Worcestershire County Museum

Visit Hartlebury Castle and discover over 1000 years of history.

Learn more about this fascinating county; explore the past through room sets and real historical objects and discover just what life was like for our ancestors. From costume to gypsy caravans and archaeology to toys, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

The County Museum, housed in the north wing of the former home of the Bishops of Worcester within Hartlebury Castle, is a fascinating place to explore.  In the museum galleries, you can discover social history, toys through time, archaeology, and the intriguing story of Worcestershire’s past.  Visitors can also see room sets such as the schoolroom and scullery, which are regularly brought to life by visiting schoolchildren.

Within the grounds, you can visit the Cider Mill and the Transport Gallery which houses a fascinating array of vehicles including a fire engine, hansom cab, bicycles, carts and a large collection of beautifully decorated Gypsy caravans.

Hartlebury Castle also hosts exciting events throughout the year and during school holidays. Visit our What’s On. A shop, picnic area and nature reserve all add up to a great day out!

From Spring 2021 visitors will be able to discover the full Hartlebury Castle site. Following significant investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2018, this includes a Bishops Palace, magnificent State Rooms and Castle grounds. Visitors can explore rooms in the Castle never before open to the public, promenade along the restored Long Gallery and marvel at talking portraits, follow in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth I, King George III and Queen Charlotte as you explore the historic grounds, and enjoy hands-on activities and unearth stories about the Castle and those that lived there.

For more information about what you can see and do from Spring 2021 at Hartlebury Castle please visit www.hartleburycastle.com.

Hartlebury Castle is accredited by the Visit England Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme (VAQAS) and has earned the VAQAS mark for the high standard of our museum and visitor experience.

The Hartlebury Castle team are proud to have won the Visit England Hidden Gem award for the second year in a row, a national award for smaller attractions that offer a high-quality experience and memorable visit.


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