Visit Us!

Our Museum building remains CLOSED


The Cowper & Newton Museum gardens will be open to welcome you on:

Wednesday 5th August 10.30 – 12.15

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)


We can accommodate walk ins on the day if there are spaces but recommend booking in advance if you can.

Pre-book your Time Slot: 10.30  /  10.45  /  11.15  /  11.30  including all children over the age of 1.

 BOOK your ticket using this email address:

We will then email to you your timed ticket

Preferred Time Slot: 10.30  /  10.45  /  11.15  /  11.30          We ask you to limit your visit to 45 minutes.

Email address:
Phone number:

Entrance will be free & the garden team on hand for garden Q&A

To contribute to the government’s Track and Trace system, we will be collecting and storing visitors’ data for 21 days. If you choose to opt out of this system, please inform us at the time of booking.

If you would like to make a donation to support us to stay open for another 120 years, there will be donation bucket. Donations can also be made via our website

Find it! Activity for Children

If you would like to visit, please read on for all guidance and what to expect on your visit.

  • Entry is via the Market Place gate. If there is a queue, please keep 2 metres away from others.
  • Please have your name and ticket ready. To minimise contact, our staff will not take these from you so please show them at a distance.
  • There will be a one-way signed route around parts of the garden where there are narrow paths
  • Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance and at the exit.
  • Exit is to the rear of the property via the Summer House Garden gate. We wish to point out that the path outside the rear gate is stony and so care will need to be taken by anyone with mobility problems. A member of our team will be on hand at this exit to advise on the best route back onto the High Street.
  • Unfortunately, at this time you are unable to bring in a picnic. No visitor toilets are currently available.
  • DOGS: Only medical and assistance dogs in the gardens.


For help or further information in planning your visit please contact:

There is a dedicated telephone number FOR THE DAY OF YOUR VISIT (9.00 – 12.30)            07935 676471


We hope you have an enjoyable visit and thank you for supporting the Cowper & Newton Museum


During this time we are sharing hidden objects & more stories with you on our Twitter, Facebook & Instagram accounts – why not drop in there to see us.



Visit our ‘What’s On’ page for special Sunday &  Monday openings

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).


The Museum is currently closed

Admission Prices – Individual/ Groups of less than 10

House & Garden – admission £7.50  INCLUDES an annual admission pass giving you unlimited returns for a year/ *accompanied children 0-15 yrs FREE

Garden only – admission £3.50

Admission Prices – Groups

Group visits (10 people and more)  £6.50 per person self-guided (annual admission pass/ 2for1 not included)

Tour guide:  Extra £25 (to be booked in advance of your visit)

Group booking form can be downloaded from HERE

Admission Prices – School Groups

School/Children’s Educational Group Visits.  Please visit our Learning page for more information on our educational offer)

   Please note that the Annual Pass may not be valid for all areas of the Museum and Gardens on some Special Event Days (e.g. National Garden Scheme weekend in June).   See Events page for more information.

We also participate in the schemes below.

Campaign to Protect Rural England

Art Fund

Gardeners World

Museums Association

The Happy Egg Co

Milton Keynes Short Break Vouchers


The House has limited access for wheelchair users but the Viper Barn & Courtyard are accessible.  Three rooms in Cowper’s house (Orchard Side) are accessible via two or three steps, thereafter the museum is over 3 floors and 6 flights of stairs. A portfolio of photographs of the exhibits in the upper rooms is available & videos about the museum are available to watch in the Reception area & Viper Barn.

Some paths in the gardens are narrow or uneven underfoot.

Guide dogs, hearing dogs and medical detection dogs are allowed in the museum and gardens. No other dogs are permitted inside the building or beyond the Courtyard.


Our address is:  The Cowper & Newton Museum,  Market Street, Olney, Buckinghamshire, MK46 4AJ.  We are located in the historic hub of Olney, facing the Market Place.

You can visit the Get Smarter Travel MK website to plan your route to the museum by walking, cycling, public transport or car

Car Parking:

There is ample free parking in Olney but make sure you check the time limit on your location.  Follow this link to take you to a map showing parking in Olney on the Olney Town Council website.

Please note that there is no parking on the Market Place carpark on Thursdays and the first Sunday of each month as this is when there is still a market held in Olney.

By Bus:

From Milton Keynes Central Station or City Centre:  The nearest bus stop is adjacent to, or opposite, The Bull Hotel on the Market Place. For bus timetables check Route 21 on the following  link: Milton Keynes Highways and Transport Hub web page

From Bedford and Northampton:  Again, the nearest bus stop is adjacent to, or opposite, The Bull Hotel on the Market Place. For bus timetables check  Route 41 on the following link: Number 41 Bus Route & Timetable: Bedford – Northampton