Worcestershire County Museum – Castle
Hartlebury Castle, Hartlebury, Nr. Kidderminster, DY11 7XZ
The County Museum tells Worcestershire’s story from prehistory to the twentieth century & is housed in the magnificent surroundings of Hartlebury Castle.
In 1646 during the Civil War Hartlebury Castle was strongly fortified and held for King Charles I by Captain Sandys and Lord Windsor, with 120 foot soldiers and 20 horses, and had provisions for twelve months. When summoned by Colonel Morgan for the Parliament, it surrendered in two days without firing a shot. The Castle was slighted and the Parliamentary Commissioners seized the Castle and manor, and sold them to Thomas Westrowe for £3133. At the Restoration they were given back to the Bishop of Worcester.
The Worcestershire County Museum is housed in the servants’ quarters of Hartlebury Castle. The exhibits focus on local history, and include toys, archaeology, costumes, crafts by the Bromsgrove Guild, local industry and transportation, and area geology and natural history. There are period room displays including a schoolroom, nursery and scullery, and Victorian, Georgian and Civil War rooms.
The castle grounds include a cider mill and the Transport Gallery that features vehicles including a fire engine, hansom cab, bicycles, carts and a collection of Gypsy caravans.
- Accepts groups
- Baby changing facilities
- Children welcome
- Coach parties accepted
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Credit cards accepted (with charge)
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Education/study area
- Facilities for educational visits
- Facilities for groups
- Facilities for hearing impaired
- Gift shop
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Public toilets
- Smoking not allowed
- Welcome Host
- Wheelchairs available