Gloucester Folk Museum

The museum explores the lives of the people of Gloucester, from Tudor times to present day.

The museum is housed in two of the oldest buildings in Gloucester – a Tudor merchant's house and a 17th-century town house – and Bishop Hooper is said to have lodged here the night before he was burned at the stake in front of St Mary de Lode Church in 1555. Today the site is devoted to showcasing the social history of the local area over the last 500 years.

Permanent collections

The collection comprises gifts from the entire county of Gloucestershire, including treen (small wooden crafts), historic costume and domestic items. Reconstructed within the galleries are a Victorian classroom and the pin factory that once operated on the premises.

Visitor information

The site also encompasses a cottage garden, museum shop and tea room in the old dairy building. Please note: access to the museum can be difficult for those with mobility problems, due to the nature of the building.


Venue details

Gloucester Folk Museum 99 - 103 Westgate Street, Gloucester Gloucestershire GL1 2PG 01452 396868 www.venues.gloucester.gov.uk/Freetime/Museums

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £5)

1 Apr  30 Sep
Tues  Sat, 10am  4pm

1 Oct  31 Mar
Sat, 10am  3pm

Oct and Feb half term, and Easter school holidays
Mon  Sat, 10am  3pm

Open Mon during school holidays

Closed 25 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan