HENLEY IN ARDEN HERITAGE CENTRE
This unique museum of local history portrays the life of a market town over the last ten centuries. It tells the story of the original settlement of Beaudesert and its one-time Norman castle and traces the joint development of Henley-in-Arden and Beaudesert up to the present day.
Displays in the seven exhibit rooms cover all aspects of social, business and domestic life, including life in wartime, complete with a replica of the famous Anderson bomb shelter.
The offices of the Lords of the Manor and the ancient courts, which still survive, are described and the museum holds the original charter granted by Henry VI in 1449. Local figures of interest, including William James, sponsor of locomotive engineer George Stephenson, are commemorated. An observation quiz provides interest from young people.
The house itself is an architectural gem, its oldest parts dating from 1345. There is disabled access to all ground floor rooms, which include the reading room with its extensive document, audio and video archives and a ""virtual tour"" of the upstairs rooms. Guided tours for groups, by prior arrangement.
Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays 2.30 - 4.30pm.
Closed Mondays (except bank holidays)
Free admission but donations are greatly appreciated.
SP 146660 52.29212 -1.78617
Take the A3400 Birmingham Road from Stratford to Henley-in-Arden. Or from the M40 get off at junction 16 and follow the A3400 towards Henley. The Heritage Centre is in the centre of the town on the High Street.
: 0 miles from Henley-in-Arden station
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Facilities for educational visits
- Gift shop
- Public toilets
- Accepts groups
- Children welcome
- Disabled access
- Smoking not allowed
Self-Assessed Accessibility Details
- Drop-off point for guests outside entrance
- Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
- From the entrance to reception / ticket area
- To a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
- To the gift shop
- Good contrast between the floor and walls
- Visitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
1 - There is full wheelchair access to ground floor rooms, including reading (and archive) room. 2 - Disabled toilet available. 3 - Very clear display texts in large font.
- Steps to the main entrance
- 3Number of steps to entrance
- Entrance is well lit
- Seating available for visitors with limited mobility
- Clear signage
- Effective lighting for visually impaired visitors
- Routes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
- Displays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
- Audible alarm system