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The Historic House & Gardens are open …

 Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11 – 3 (last entry 2.15)


Pre-book your Time Slot including all children over the age of 1

11.00 / 11.30 / 12.00 / 12.30 / 13.00 / 13.30 / 14.00

The House & Gardens close at 3.00

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


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

 BOOK your ticket using this email address:

We will then email to you your timed ticket

The garden team is on hand for garden Q&A

Find It Trail for families – pick up your trail & pencil at the Museum or download it yourself before your visit


Preferred Time Slot:

Phone number:

To contribute to the government’s Track and Trace system, we will be collecting and storing visitors’ data for 21 days.

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


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

Your safety and the safety of our staff and volunteers is our prime concern. Therefore if you have visited before things may look a little different as we have put a number of Covid 19 safety measures in place.

  • Unfortunately we have had to remove the children’s activity boxes.  However the rest of the collection is available to view and the Poetry and Hare Trails are also available.
  • Face covering must be worn when inside the museum and shop except for those exempt under government guidelines.
  • 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 and around the house.
  • Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance and at the exit.
  • If the gardens are busy, then exit may be 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.
  •  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 – 3.00)            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).

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