Worcestershire County Museum – Museum
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.
Whether you are looking for a chance to learn about everything from Romans to Regency, a peaceful stroll through nature or just a nice cup of tea and a cake Worcestershire County Museum, housed in historic Hartlebury Castle, has it all.
Hartlebury Castle, near Kidderminster, has been home to the Bishops of Worcester for over 1000 years. Exploring the servant’s wing of the Castle you will find the fascinating and varied collections of the Worcestershire County Museum including toys, domestic items, beautiful costume, craftwork by the Bromsgrove Guild and ancient archaeological finds. New galleries in the museum explore the geographical wonders of Worcestershire the County’s Agricultural history and the importance of water to the region. Themed rooms based on the Victorian and Civil War periods to give visitors an idea of how their ancestors lived in the past. The Castle also features some original rooms such as the scullery and laundry and room sets like the schoolroom and nursery. Within the grounds of the Castle you will find a 300 year old Cider Mill, a nature reserve, picnic areas and the Transport Gallery which houses a large collection of horse-drawn vehicles, cars, bicycles and a fabulous display of Gypsy caravans.
There is a visitor welcome area and museum gift shop exhibiting craftwork by the Worcestershire Guild of Designer Craftsmen. There is also a large café in the historic Castle Kitchen and a glass lift which gives all visitors access to every floor of the Museum and offers great views towards Hartlebury Common.
The museum offers a varied events programme, providing fun and informative days out, including historical re-enactments, arts and crafts workshops, Christmas weekends and many more.
- 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