Explore the fascinating world of the Victorian judges at this award-winning historic house.

Caretaker's key in atticOpening Times and Admission

Opening times 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The Judge’s Lodging is closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. We will remain closed until the Government advice changes on public spaces such as ours.     23/3/2020


15th - 23rd February  10.30 - 4.30pm  Tues-Sun

1st April - 30th June   10.30am - 4.30pm     Weds - Sat (and public holidays - see below)

1st July - 30th September  10.30am - 5pm      Tues - Sun  (and public holidays - see below)

1st October - 2nd November  10.30am - 4.30pm     Weds - Sat

Open on Public & Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays. Also open for extended hours in school holidays and special occassions. This page will be updated as these datres become available.



March 2020 and 1st November 2020 - Spring 2021

Open by prior arrangement for educational and group visits at any time, including evenings.


We recommend you leave at least one and a half hours for your visit.

 See our 2019 leaflet here

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Admission 2020

Adult £8.95
Child £4.95
Concession £7.95
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £23.00
Registered disabled visitors free

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. 

Visa, Mastercard, Maestro accepted...we even take cheques!

Group rates [10 or more]

Adult £7.95
Concession £6.95

We also offer special tours for groups of 15+. See our For Groups section for more information.

Educational Days

Life Below Stairs £5.50 per pupil

Victorian Christmas Scrapbook £5.50 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, The Judge's Lodging 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 £23.00, we can get an amazing £28.75!

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 2020 when re-admission tickets are not valid:

  None scheduled








Forthcoming Events

Strange But True

  • list arrowHow did Victorians try out a new invention?

    Test it on the servants of course! That's what happened in 1860 at The Judge's Lodging, when gas lighting was put into the basement and not the Judge's rooms. They wanted to see if they got sick from the fumes. The servants were fine - that's why we got the lights working again.

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