Welcome to Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle
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.
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.
Since 2018 visitors have been able to discover new areas of Hartlebury Castle. Following significant investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund your ticket now includes access to the Bishops Palace, the magnificent State Rooms and the 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.
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.
Hartlebury Castle also hosts exciting events throughout the year and during school holidays.
A shop, café, picnic area and nature reserve all add up to a great day out!
For more information about what you can see and do at Hartlebury Castle please visit hartleburycastle.com.
The Transport Gallery is currently closed for essential maintenance. We are taking this opportunity to assess possible improvements to this part of the site, and we hope to have an update for you later this year. Please be assured there is still plenty for you to enjoy at Hartlebury Castle!
|Tuesday to Friday||10am - 5pm
|Weekends and bank holidays||11am - 5pm
Open February to December, closing for the month of January every year (including grounds and playground).
Christmas opening times: closed 24 December – 31 January. Re-opens 1 February.
Days when the museum is open, but the castle and grounds are closed
Occasionally the Castle & Grounds are closed for a wedding or private functions.
On these dates you can still visit the County Museum, at a reduced cost (see Admissions section).
* Any upcoming dates will be listed here. *
- Old Moat Coppice nature trail & picnic area offer a pleasant place for a stroll (outside museum boundaries, available at all times).
- The Orchard Picnic Area is inside the museum and can be used for your own picnics.
- Visitor Reception building with a well-stocked gift shop.
- Lift to all floors.
- Museum is pushchair friendly or pushchairs can be left in the museum lobby if you prefer.
- Ample free parking.
- Easy access to the many walks and footpaths on Hartlebury Common, a rare area of upland heath.
- The Bishop’s Table café serves a delicious selection of hot drinks, cakes and lunches available during Hartlebury Castle’s opening hours.
- Dogs are welcome into the Grounds and Reception building. Only Assistance dogs are allowed into the main Castle and outer buildings. The cafe outdoor seating area has bowls of water available for your dog as you relax with a hot drink. Dogs may be taken through the main cafe to access this area.
Download our Visitor Map which shows you the various areas within the Museum as well as giving you a short history of the site.