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Holst Birthplace Museum

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Very good little museum

Really enjoyed a visit to the museum, the volunteers were friendly and very informative, it’s not... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
92glennw
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Burntwood, United Kingdom
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Lovely welcome and great history

One of those very small museums which is all about the charm and the detail and this place has it a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
AnselmColom
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Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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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 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed a visit to the museum, the volunteers were friendly and very informative, it’s not just about Holst the building also shows what life was like during a particular time period in British history. Well worth a visit

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LauraK5581, Manager at Holst Birthplace Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Glenn W Thank you for your lovely review. We are very pleased to hear that the volunteers were so friendly when you came. As you say we are a museum of Holst and a social history museum too! Laura, Museum Curator

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of those very small museums which is all about the charm and the detail and this place has it a plenty. Lovely welcome from the lady on reception who explained the whole place. Probably need no longer than an hour tops which is just...More

Thank AnselmColom
LauraK5581, Manager at Holst Birthplace Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear AnselmColom Thank you for your very positive review. We think our museum is charming so it's great that you do too! We really pleased to hear you received such a warm welcome from our volunteer on the desk. Laura, Curator

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Today we visited the Holst Birthplace Museum after threatening to do so for many years.Although it is quite small it was packed with so many interesting items and friendly knowledgeable volunteers.We really enjoyed our visit and came away after an hour knowing much more about...More

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LauraK5581, Manager at Holst Birthplace Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Mike S So glad to hear that you made it to the Holst Birthplace Museum and that you enjoyed your visit! As you say we are a small museum but we pack a lot in. Laura, Curator

Reviewed 26 September 2018

We went along to visit Holst's birthplace on the day we were going to hear a performance of his Planet Suite in Gloucester Cathedral. It seemed appropriate. The staff are charming, as is the museum. We walked around the rooms, getting a feel for the...More

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LauraK5581, Manager at Holst Birthplace Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Christine W Thank you for your lovely review. Great to hear that you were able to combine a visit to the museum with the concert at Gloucester Cathedral. Also glad to hear you enjoyed the Victorian baking event! Laura, Curator

Reviewed 16 September 2018

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

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LauraK5581, Manager at Holst Birthplace Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Canoesrus Thank you for your lovely comments. It's great to hear that you weren't put off by the museum being closed on a Monday and that the volunteer welcomed you in regardless! We are so pleased that you were able to return the following...More

Reviewed 26 August 2018

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

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LauraK5581, Manager at Holst Birthplace Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Sheepygold Thank you for your lovely review. As you point out we are an ordinary home which is part of our charm, showing what life was like for a lower middle class family in Victorian Cheltenham. Glad you enjoyed the guidebook! Laura, Curator

Reviewed 21 August 2018

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 21 August 2018

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

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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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