Group Visits

Group Bookings

We are currently taking enquiries for group bookings for private hire of the house.

Experience a fascinating visit with your group and coach parties to the accredited Cowper & Newton Museum. Group visits are very popular so please ensure you book in good time to avoid disappointment.

To make your provisional booking, please contact our House Manager on 01234 711516 or by email to

You can also download a group booking form.

Group visits  – plan your time with us

Garden Visitors

Bookings for group visits are welcome by prior arrangement.  In addition to self guided groups, we offer:

  • An introductory talk on arrival in our courtyard or virtually in the comfort of your home before your visit. 

Why not combine your Museum visit with a Guided Tour of the town of Olney?  (Contact the Museum for more information on availability & prices)

We are able to provide tea, coffee and biscuits by arrangement.

Prepayment for groups is requested.


ADVANCE NOTIFICATION: Lace Room closure for exciting redevelopment: From September 15th 2019 until the end of 2020. If your group would like to see our lace collection, with a few weeks prior notice we can bring some examples out of storage. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. (Trustees of the Cowper & Newton Museum).


Group Talks

We have a range of talks we can give to your clubs & societies. Here are a a few to get you started – but it is well worth having a chat with us as we are always developing new talks.  Please request a Group Booking form for talk fees etc, from

The Lives of William Cowper and John Newton
Cowper Curiosities and Connections
Cowper’s Scandalous World – Bawdy Georgians
The History of Olney
Olney – a Landscape History
Georgian Olney – A Time Travellers Guide
The Slave Trade and Abolition
The Story of Lace
Tracing Your Lace Workers Ancestors
The Lace School

Our Building – accessibility

early group visitWe are a Georgian town house consisting of 4 floors; these are broken up by flights of 6 steps and half landings. Each floor has plenty of chairs for visitors to sit on.

The Shop, Courtyard and Viper Barn are accessible by wheelchair.  Our Viper Barn has interactive AV equipment for your enjoyment.  Some paths in the garden are narrow or have uneven surfaces.

The earliest known photograph of a group visit by members of Wolverton Wesleyan Chapel to William Cowper’s Summer House, circa 1900. Photograph by Jonathan Knight, formerly of Olney.


Please visit our Schools Learning Programme page to find out more

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Book Museum Tickets

Our Museum building remains CLOSED.  We are opening our gardens on limited entry.  The Cowper & Newton Museum gardens will be open to welcome you on Wednesday 5th August 10.30 – 12.15 and Saturday 8th August 10.30 – 12.15

(Follow our social media accounts or check back here for further opening days & times as they become available)