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Made to feel very welcome and saw one room with piano and portrait as Mondays normally closed

Entered this property by accident as door was open . Attendant was awaiting a tradesman to repair... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
canoesrus
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Inverness, United Kingdom
Very enthusiastic volunteers bring this Victorian Museum to life

This is a relatively ordinary house where Holst was born. There are various items that belonged to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
sheepygold
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london
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The birthplace of Gustav Holst, composer of The Planets Suite. Find out about the life and works of the composer, and gain a glimpse into life in Victorian times. Trails and holiday events for children.
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4 Clarence Road, Cheltenham GL52 2AY, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Entered this property by accident as door was open . Attendant was awaiting a tradesman to repair projector. Rather than just being turned away, the excellent cheerful attendant welcomed us in to view the main downstairs room and also outline the rest of the house....More

Thank canoesrus
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a relatively ordinary house where Holst was born. There are various items that belonged to him including the piano which he used to compose The Planets. Holst did not live here for long (he went to Essex) but the property belonged to his...More

Thank sheepygold
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Initially we found it difficult to locate but we were glad we persevered. The rooms were well laid out with memorabilia from the Holst family and also presented articles typical of a Victorian town house especially in the basement. The video of Holst's music was...More

Thank Mary R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderfully evocative, the house is full of interest. Excellent introduction given by a skilled volunteer, and the half hour film is well worth seeing all the way through. Marvellous to see that piano on which Holst wrote The Planets, and then press a button and...More

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Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

Even if you are not a music fan like me this house is so interesting! A real step back in time. Kept as it originally was. A fantastic insight into Holsts life and music. Informative friendly staff. Highly recommended.

Thank SarahW5419
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Gustav Holst is a well known composer from Cheltenham, England and regarded as one of the finest composers of his generation. Best known for the planets, You can look through this Victorian mans house and at night maybe even spot some of his inspirations! Come...More

Thank John D
Reviewed 2 July 2018

Fascinating period house, mainly Victorian but with an interesting Regency room. A keen and well-informed guide provides a good introduction to Holst and the house. Step into a bygone world, its not got many treasures but is well worth a visit.

Thank Robert F
Reviewed 18 June 2018

Chock full of information about Holst and the period. I spent more time here than I'd anticipated. There is a video presentation and many interesting items.

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Laura K, Manager at Holst Birthplace Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

Thank you for your great review of the Holst Birthplace Museum. We are really pleased that you found so much of interest - more than you anticipated. The film about Holst is always popular with our visitors!

Reviewed 16 June 2018

Fabulous find. An hour of condensed Holst. We learnt so much from the wonderful experts at the museum who were both complete Holst devotees. This couldn't happen anywhere else than middle England. Recommended.

Thank Carole B
Laura K, Manager at Holst Birthplace Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

So pleased you found us and discovered so much about Holst. We have a great team of volunteers who are always happy to answer questions and fill you in about anything Holst/Victorian/Cheltenham. Glad they impressed you with their knowledge!

Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

Not just for devotees of Holst, this museum gives an insight into life in a late Victorian household as well as containing some very interesting memorabilia.

Thank PDSK13
Laura K, Manager at Holst Birthplace Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

Thanks for your review. As you say the museum is not just for Holst fans. Many of our rooms are period rooms - full of interest for those who like stepping back in time...

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There is a train from London Paddington to Cheltenham. You can then take a taxi to the museum or to Cheltenham town centre, which is a 10 minute walk from the museum. There is also a D bus which goes from the station to the... More
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