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Cowper and Newton Museum

Orchard Side | Market Place, Olney MK46 4AJ, England
+44 1234 711516
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Interesting bit of history.

This museum has some interesting displays regarding 2 famous residents of Olney. I would not go... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
via mobile
Charming, a must-see, even for locals

Even though I have visited Olney for nearly 30 years, I have always walked past this museum until... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
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Relive Georgian life in the home of the poet William Cowper, where he used to meet his friend, the preacher and former slave trader John Newton, author of the hymn 'Amazing Grace' Find out about the life and works of both men, including their involvement in the campaign to abolish the slave trade. A visit to the Museum also includes the Gardens and Three Hares Art Gallery.
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  • Very good40%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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Orchard Side | Market Place, Olney MK46 4AJ, England
+44 1234 711516
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum has some interesting displays regarding 2 famous residents of Olney. I would not go out of my way to visit but it is nice little spot if you have some spare time and are in the area. I certainly learned a few things...More

Thank aldanmikol
Amanda M, Trustee at Cowper and Newton Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're glad to hear that you enjoyed popping in to the Museum & Gardens ... and with 3 new eateries opening very soon we're very spoilt for choice for refreshments at any time of the day. Thanks for visiting

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Even though I have visited Olney for nearly 30 years, I have always walked past this museum until today, drawn in my the view of October sunshine in the beautiful walled gardens. What a gem I have missed, its absolutely charming. It's shone a light...More

Thank Bighomebird
Amanda M, Trustee at Cowper and Newton Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so very much much - the garden team will be delighted to hear that the view through to the Courtyard drew you in as this is a new design for this year. You will make their day!

Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

This is a pretty museum in the lovely town of Olney. The staff were welcoming and clearly enthusiastic which is so important as a visitor. Well worth a visit if you spend time here.

Thank 492nicd
Amanda M, Trustee at Cowper and Newton Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Thank you so much for posting and we will pass on your positive comments to our front of house volunteers - who will be delighted!

Reviewed 2 October 2017

Very interesting, but far too much to see in the couple of hours we'd allowed. We will have to come back!

Thank thebin16
Management response:Responded 4 October 2017

A Spring or Summer visit would give you the opportunity to see how different the gardens are throughout the year - Looking forward to seeing you again

Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Great little museum in the centre of Olney which not only carries exhibits from Cowper & Newton but lots of local artifacts depicting the history of the Town. Well worth a visit and paying your entry fee which lasts for a year giving you plenty...More

Thank tartnjohn
Management response:Responded 15 September 2017

Thank you so much - a few more additional events are just being added to the What's On Page of the website so could be worth a look...

Reviewed 23 August 2017

Although small it is crammed with facts and artefacts relating to Cowper and Newton. In addition interesting displays about the 18th/ 19th century local lace industry. Helpful staff. A little disappointed in the condition of the gardens and the fact that the paths were not...More

Thank John D
Management response:Responded 25 August 2017

Thanks for your comments. The volunteer gardeners have had to work extra hard this year as the weather conditions have been difficult for organic gardening - We do hope you get another chance to visit us.

Reviewed 20 August 2017

Staffed by friendly and helpful volunteers; a house full of the personal affects of former owner William Cowper; a garden laid out with plants as used in the eighteenth century; a Victorian kitchen garden and the poet's summer house. We spent an hour in the...More

Thank cleeve2017
Management response:Responded 22 August 2017

Wow! Thank you! We do hope you will be able to use your Annual Pass to visit us again, particularly as in 2018 we will have new stories to share with you - and The Bull Inn & Cherry Tree will be open to give...More

Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Great little museum and gardens but we did not leave enough time, but we did get pass to allow us to return within the year. Should allow a couple of hours, more if good weather so you can enjoy. Great to learn more about both...More

Thank John M
Management response:Responded 18 August 2017

We do find ourselves described as a bit like the Tardis sometimes - larger on the inside than we look on the outside! Glad to hear you enjoyed the audio as well.

Reviewed 10 August 2017

This museum consists of two adjoining houses, one of which is a history museum and the other is the Cowper and Newton museum. Backing it are two gardens, one flowers and one vegetables. It was a glorious sunny day and we enjoyed being out in...More

Thank greenmonapia
Management response:Responded 25 August 2017

Hello - we tried to give a hyperlink to the Olney Town Council website which shows where you can find extra parking but Tripadvisor wouldn't let us... Just to let you know that there is another free car park in East Street, particularly for Market...More

Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

Not something you want to take kids to unless they have a school project. Stairs are a nightmare and the exhibits have lots of writing and it's tiny. It's very good to go with adults but not for kiddiesMore

Thank Ashleighbumpandtom
Management response:Responded 9 July 2017

Thanks for mentioning our school projects - more about these can be found on our website. During school holidays we have Family Fun Trails & Things to Do with Hare Escape for this Summer. We have also been putting together children's activity baskets for each...More

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