Holst Birthplace Museum

4 Clarence Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 2AY
1 Clarence Road Cheltenham England GL52 2AY GB

The Regency terrace house where Gustav Holst, composer of The Planets was born in 1874. The story of the man and his music is told alongside a fascinating display of personal belongings including his piano. The museum is also a fine period house showing the upstairs downstairs way of life in times past, including a working Victorian kitchen and laundry, elegant Regency drawing room and charming Edwardian nursery

The house was built in 1832 and is typical of the many smaller Regency terraced houses built in Cheltenham at that time. Gustav Holst (or Gustavus Theodore von Holst as he was until 1918) was born here on September 21st 1874 and lived here until 1882, shortly after his mother died. He died in London on May 25th 1934.

The Museum which opened in 1975 is a memorial to Holst, one of England’s most respected composers, best known for his work The Planets. It is one of only two composer birthplace museums in the country (the other being Elgar’s). Visitors may learn more of Holst’s life, his music, his family and friendships, whilst being reminded of domestic life at the end of the 19th Century.

The museum has a programme of Childrens events and activities in school holidays and organizes exhibitions, concerts and lectures during the year.

Facilities: Close to public Car Park.
Toilet with baby changing facility
No dogs except Guide Dogs.
They have four floors, so there is no wheelchair access.

Opening Times: February to May and October to mid December
Tues to Sat 10.00 – 16.00

June to September
Tues to Sat 10.00 – 17.00
Sunday 1.30 – 17.00
Also open 10.00 – 17.00 on Bank Holiday Mondays

Costs: Adult £5.00
Concession £4.50
Child £2.00
Under 5 free
Family ticket £12.00
Free for Arts Fund members , Holst Birthplace Trust members and carers.

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