Cowper & Newton Museum
Visit the house in Olney where one of England's favourite poets William Cowper lived for twenty years, and imagine domestic life as he experienced it in late-Georgian times. Walk back in time through rooms featuring numerous personal artefacts and belongings. Discover Cowper’s comic sense of humour, his poetry and writings, the highs and lows in his life and his love of animals – especially his pet hares.
Enjoy Cowper’s beautiful garden and the celebrated summer-house where he wrote, and where he used to meet his neighbour, the preacher and former slave trader John Newton, author of the hymn Amazing Grace. Why not also spend some time exploring the beautiful Market Town of Olney with its historic buildings and range of independent shops or nearby Emberton Country Park.
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Currently open Wednesday and Saturday 11.00 – 3.00
Close for the 2020 season December 16th 2020
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)
Admission Prices – School Groups
School/Children’s Educational Group Visits. Please contact the Museum directly to arrange visits.
* 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.
There is ample free parking in Olney. Please consider alternative means of transport including walking and cycling by visiting www.getsmatertravelmk.org to plan your journey. Please note that there is no parking in the Market Place car park on Thursdays and the first Sunday of each month due to the local market being held in Olney.
The House has limited access for wheelchair users but the Viper Barn & Gardens 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.
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.