Your Visit to the County Museum

Visiting Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle

Young boy being shown a museum display with trains

The County Museum, housed in the former home of the Bishops of Worcester, is a fascinating place to explore.  In the museum galleries you can discover social history, toys through time, travel & transport and the intriguing story of Worcestershire's past. Visitors can also see room sets such as the schoolroom and scullery, which are regularly brought to life by visiting schoolchildren and period rooms that focus on the Victorian and Civil War eras.

Within the grounds of the Museum you can visit the Cider Mill and the Transport Gallery which houses a fascinating array of vehicles including a fire engine, hansom cab, bicycles, carts and a large collection of beautifully decorated Gypsy caravans.

The museum also hosts exciting events throughout the year and our fantastic gift shop, picnic areas and nature reserve all add up to a great day out.

The County Museum is now part of the wider Hartlebury Castle visitor attraction.  As well as the County Museum, visitors to Hartlebury will be able to see the Bishops Palace, magnificent State Rooms and Castle grounds.

For more information about what you can see and do at Hartlebury Castle please visit (link opens in new window)

Opening Times

Hartlebury Castle is open from 1 February to 23 December each year.
Tuesdays to Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11:00am to 5:00pm
Closed on Mondays
Last entry is 4:00pm

Admission Prices

The following 'whole site' admission prices include access to the Bishops Palace & State Rooms, Worcestershire County Museum, and the Castle grounds.  On Tuesday's and Bank Holidays your ticket also allows you to view the Hurd Library from 11:00am to 2:00pm (subject to volunteer availability, please call in advance if you are planning a special visit).

Adult - £9
Concessions (over 60s and students) - £8
Children (aged 5-16) - £5
Under 5s – free
Family Ticket - £25 (2 adults & 2 children)

Annual passes are also available, allowing you to visit Hartlebury Castle as many times as you like in a year. A 'whole site' family pass costs £45 and an individual pass costs £22. Events and activities are payable separately.

For those of you who just want to visit the castle grounds a grounds only ticket is available, except on special event days.

Adults & Concessions - £2.50
Children (aged 5-16) - £1
Family (2 adults & 2 children) - £7
Family Grounds Annual Pass - £20
Individual Ground Annual Pass - £10

Partial Closure

Please note that on some days, due to private functions, the Bishops Palace, State Rooms and Grounds will be closed to visitors.  On these days you can still visit the County Museum and learn all about the history of the County of Worcestershire.
On such days admission prices will be:

Adults - £5
Concessions - £4.50
Children aged 5-16 - £3
Family Ticket - £15 (2 adults & 2 children)

Dates in 2018 when visitor access will be to the Museum only will be:

  • Saturday 30 June
  • Saturday 6 October
  • Friday 2 Nov
  • Saturday 22 December

Visitor Facilities

  • Old Moat Coppice nature trail & picnic area offer a pleasant place for a stroll (outside museum boundaries, available at all times)
  • The Orchard Picnic Area is inside the museum and can be used for your own picnics
  • Visitor Reception building with a well-stocked gift shop
  • Lift to all floors
  • Museum is pushchair friendly or pushchairs can be left in the museum lobby if you prefer
  • Ample free parking
  • Easy access to the many walks and footpaths on Hartlebury Common, a rare area of upland heath
  • 'The Bishop's Table' café, with a delicious selection of hot drinks, cakes and lunches available during Hartlebury Castle's opening hours

Download our Visitor Map which shows you the various areas within the Museum as well as giving you a short history of the site.

Information for Visitors with Disabilities

  • An external glass lift allows all visitors access to every floor of the museum.
  • The shop and Orchard Picnic Area are both wheelchair accessible.
  • Dedicated car parking spaces and toilet facilities are available.
  • Hearing loops are provided in shop and reception.

If you have any questions regarding access to the museum please contact us on 01299 250416.

For more information about the Museum's accessibility please download our Access Statement before your visit.

Eating and Shopping

Find out more about our museum café and well-stocked gift shop

Information for Group Visits

Find out more about bringing a group to Hartlebury