Explore the fascinating world of the Victorian judges at this award-winning historic house.
Opening Times and Admission
Opening times 2013
1st March - 31st October - 10am-5pm Tues - Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays
1st November - 31st November - 10am - 4pm Wed - Sun
1st December - 22nd December - 10am - 4pm Sat - Sun
23rd December - 28th February
Open by prior arrangement for groups at any time, including evenings.
We recommend you leave at least one and a half hours for your visit.
Registered disabled visitors free
* We know that everyone is having a hard time in the current financial climate. We'd like to help you on your visit to us by bringing down the admission prices for kids. Under 5s are free and up to 16yrs , or in full time education, have been reduced from £3.95 to £3.50.
Please Gift Aid your admission to us. It costs you nothing, but helps us hugely! It’s very simple – all we need is your name and address and you can make every £1 we get from you turn into £1.25! To find our full details of how this wonderful scheme works, take a look at our information below.
Please note that we do not take credit or debit cards. Cheques are fine. We're sorry for any inconvenience this causes, but as a small charity, it is a difficult service to provide. If you are planning to spend time in town, it is worth noting a lot of the small shops also only take cash or cheques. There are several cashpoints around the town. The closest ones to us are around the corner on Station Road or in the Costcutter supermarket.
Group rates [10 or more]
We also offer special tours for groups of 15+. See our For Groups section for more information.
Life Below Stairs £4.50 per pupil
Victorian Christmas Scrapbook £4.50 per pupil
See our Learning section for more details.
How you can help us claim tax back from the government – at no extra cost to you whatsoever!
The Judge’s Lodging is operated by its own registered charity, Presteigne Shire Hall Museum Trust Ltd. (Charity 1062215). If you are a UK taxpayer, we can claim back the tax you have paid on your donation from HM Revenue and Customs – at no extra cost to you.
All you need to do is agree to donate your admission by Gift Aid and then give us your name and address. To us, that is worth an extra 25p for every £1 you give in this way. For example, if you buy a Family Ticket at £18.00, we can get an amazing £22.50!
By making a donation equivalent to our admission price you (and your family group) will not only receive free admission on the day of your visit, but also free re-entry to The Judge’s Lodging for a year following that date. You can come back as many times as you like within this period (excludes entrance to special event - see below for excluded dates).
Thank you so much for supporting us
What is Gift Aid? Gift Aid is a scheme that allows charities to claim back the tax paid on donations and eligible payments from individuals who are UK taxpayers and who agree to make a Gift Aid declaration.
Why can The Judge’s Lodging ask for a donation instead of an admission charge? This is because we are a charity and your payment will give you and your family entry to the Museum for a year.
Who can donate using the Gift Aid Scheme? Any person who pays for themselves /and their family to have entry to the Museum for a year and also pays UK Income and/or Capital Gains Tax.
What do I have to do? When visiting, the staff will ask you if you would like to Gift Aid your admission. You then simply complete a declaration with your name and home address – which will remain confidential. You do not need to tell the taxman you have made a Gift Aid declaration.
If I give you my name and home address, what will you do with it? We take this information only for the purpose of Gift Aid. We promise that we shall not pass your details on to anyone other than HM Revenue and Customs – and then we only give them your name (but we have to keep your home address on file). We will only write to you if you ask us to do so, with news and events at the museum in the future.
Can I donate my entrance fee even if I do not wish to take part in the Gift Aid scheme? Yes you can. If you make a donation equivalent to our entrance price you (and your family group) will still be given admission to The Judge's Lodging for a year.
Dates in 2013 when re-admission tickets are not valid: