Welcome to Worcestershire County Museum

Visit Worcestershire County Museum at 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 venue was recently named a Visit England Hidden Gem, a national award for smaller attractions that offer a excellent visitor experience and memorable visits.

A Visit to Hartlebury

The County Museum, housed in the north wing of the former home of the Bishops of Worcester, 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 of the Museum 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.

The museum also hosts exciting events throughout the year and during school holidays.

Since 2018 visitors to the County Museum 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.

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 www.hartleburycastle.com (link opens in new window).

Opening Times

DayTimes
Tuesdays to Friday10:00-17:00
Weekends & Bank Holidays11:00-17:00
MondayCLOSED
Last entry16:00

Admission

The following ‘whole site’ admission prices include access to the Bishops Palace & State Rooms, Worcestershire County Museum, and the Castle grounds.  On Tuesday’s and Bank Holidays your ticket also allows you to view the Hurd Library from 11:00am to 2:00pm (subject to volunteer availability, please call in advance if you are planning a special visit).

For pre-booked groups we offer a discounted admission – click here to find out more.

VisitorPrice
Adult£9.00
Concessions (over 60s & full time students)£8.00
Children (aged 5-16£5
Under 5sFree
Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children)£25
Whole site Family Annual Pass£45.00
Whole site Individual Annual Pass£22.00
For those of you who just want to visit the castle grounds a grounds only ticket is available, except on special event days.
VisitorPrice
Adult & Concessions£3.00
Children (aged 5-16£1.50
Under 5sFree
Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children)£8.00
Whole site Family Annual Pass£20.00
Whole site Individual Annual Pass£10.00

Partial Closure

Please note that on some days, due to private functions, the Bishops Palace, State Rooms and Grounds will be closed to visitors.  On these days you can still visit the County Museum and learn all about the history of the County of Worcestershire.

Dates in 2019 when visitor access will be to the Museum only will be:

  • Saturday 9 March
  • Saturday 13 April
  • Saturday 8 June
  • Saturday 7 September

Visitor Facilities

  • 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, with a delicious selection of hot drinks, cakes and lunches available during Hartlebury Castle’s opening hours

Download our Visitor Map which shows you the various areas within the Museum as well as giving you a short history of the site.

Exhibitions & Events

Museums Worcestershire offers a varied programme of activities and events as well as offering the visitor the chance to explore our venues’ fascinating histories.

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Disability Access Facilities

  • An external glass lift allows all visitors access to every floor of the museum.
  • The shop and Orchard Picnic Area are both wheelchair accessible.
  • Dedicated car parking spaces and toilet facilities are available.
  • Hearing loops are provided in shop and reception.
  • Please download our Access Statement before your visit.

If you have any questions regarding access to the museum please contact us on 01299 250416.

Find and Contact Us

Worcestershire County Museum is situated approximately 5 miles south of Kidderminster and 8 miles north of Worcester, just off the A449 main road. Follow the signs reading County Museum into the village of Hartlebury where the museum is in the North Wing of Hartlebury Castle.

From Worcester:

Take the A449 road signed to Kidderminster and continue for approximately 8 miles. The left turn to Hartlebury village and the County Museum occurs immediately after the second traffic island. Proceed through Hartlebury village, turning left in front of the White Hart public house. The right turn to Hartlebury Castle is 50 metres from the White Hart.

From Kidderminster:

Leave Kidderminster on the A449 road to Worcester. Continue for approximately 3 miles, passing two sets of traffic lights. After the second set of traffic lights take the next turn right, signed to Stourport and the County Museum. Continue on this road past the village school and White Hart public house. The right turn to Hartlebury Castle is 50 metres from the White Hart.

The Castle Shop

The Castle Shop sells a wide range of quality cards, crafts and gifts to suit all pockets. With areas dedicated to home, garden, arts and toys there is sure to be something for everyone.

Café

The Bishop’s Table café serves a delicious selection of breakfasts, lunches and snacks. Pop in for a cappuccino and a cake, try a tasty homemade lunch, or relax over a leisurely afternoon tea.

The café accepts all major credit cards and is open 9am-4pm Tuesday – Sunday. For more information, call the café on 01299 251901 or email catering@hartleburycastle.com.