The Judge's Lodging
Attraction in Presteigne, Shropshire
It’s been called ‘truly inspirational’ by HRH Prince of Wales, ‘ one of the world’s most appealing small museums’ by historian Dr John Davies and won numerous national awards, including ‘Britain’s Best Hidden Gem’. When the BBC brought Historic Royal Palaces Curator and historian, Lucy Worsley to film, she exclaimed ‘WHAT a stunning place!’ You really do need to see for yourself what all the fuss is over this exceptional attraction in the tiny border town of Presteigne. You can explore the ‘upstairs downstairs’ lives of its Victorian inhabitants, from Judge’s to their servants and felonious guests, all by the flicker of gas and oil lighting throughout and a hands-on policy that allows you to immerse yourself into their world.
The Judge’s Lodging has long had a reputation for liking the quirkier side of history, so a visit to the museum will treat you to all sorts of fascinating insights into Victorian living, from jelly-making and napkin folding to toilet habits and household maintenance hints.
A visit to this historic judge’s accommodation and court offers a most unusual journey back in time. Wander through the judge’s private apartments and make yourself at home, for The Judge’s Lodging an historic house with a difference – you can touch! You can lie on the beds, read the judge’s books and even pump water in the kitchen. Below stairs there is the full range of servants’ rooms to explore, with kitchens, sleeping quarters and workrooms; a whole gaslit world to discover. The tour is finished by a trip to the vast echoing courtroom, where you are haunted by the echoes of trials long since concluded. You are guided through this Victorian world by an eavesdropping’ audiotour featuring the voice of actor Robert Hardy.
There are plenty of events throughout the year to add to your enjoyment, plus temporary exhibitions, plus talks, activity trails, school holiday activities and more. If you have children to entertain, you don’t have to worry about being told off every time they move, because the building is family-friendly. They even have their own guidebook entitled ‘Interesting Stuff, Gross Facts and a bit About the Building!
If you have a group looking for a really different visit, there are all sorts of pre-bookable tours available, including the yummy ‘Ice-Cream & Jelly for Grown Ups’ and festive Victorian Christmas experience. Just call to book.
Interactive ‘Life Below Stairs’ days are available for Key Stage 1 & 2 school visits. Costumed guides available for Key Stage 3 and other educational groups. Special topic sessions are available throughout the year, including Crime & Punishment and Victorian Christmas.
|Concession||£6.95||Disabled visitors free|
Opening times 2017
1st March - 31st October - 10am-5pm Tues - Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays
1st November - 31st November - 10am - 4pm Wed - Sun
1st December - 22nd December - 10am - 4pm Sat - Sun
23rd December - 28th February
Open by prior arrangement for groups at any time, including evenings.
We recommend you leave at least one and a half hours for your visit.
Shropshire Days Out 2017
20% off all admissions on production of this voucher.
To download the special offer voucher click here
From the junction of the A5/A49 (S) Shrewsbury Take the A49 south towards Ludlow. Before Ludlow turn right on to the A4113 and follow the road to Knighton. Take the B4355 south to Presteigne and finish at The Judges Lodgings.
The details displayed on this page are copyright protected to Shropshire Tourism and are correct at the time of publication. Shropshire Tourism would like to advise all visitors to check prices & opening times with the venue prior to traveling in case of changes that might have occured since the publication of this page. Whilst Shropshire Tourism endeavours to ensure that the information on this site is correct, no warranty, express or implied, is given as to its accuracy and Shropshire Tourism does not accept any liability for error or omission. The directions above are for planning purposes only and should be used alongside a general roadmap or satnav system. Variables such as road/construction works, traffic, weather conditions etc may cause alterations to the route.