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The Cowper and Newton Museum
About the Museum

The Cowper and Newton Museum is an independent museum run as a charitable trust, staffed by a Custodian and a part-time House Manager, with volunteer help from The Friends of the Museum and others.

It is housed in Orchard Side, the home of the eighteenth century poet, letter-writer and classical scholar William Cowper.

Visiting Details
We welcome your enquiries about your access needs

Bank Holiday opening on Monday May 26th will be from 12 noon to 4pm

Opening times

1st March to 23rd December:
Tuesday to Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays: 10.30am - 4.30pm
(closed Good Friday)

Open for local events:

  • Pancake Race - Shrove Tuesday;
  • Cowper and Newton Day - last Saturday in April;
  • NGS Open Gardens Scheme - mid-June
  • Dickens of a Christmas - first or second Sunday in December.

For details of special Summer Sunday events check this website or local press and posters.

For lunch, coffee or tea close to the Museum, try Teapots.

Disabled Access

There is access for wheelchair users to the garden, and limited access to the house. A portfolio of photographs of the exhibits in the upper rooms is available for those who find the steep stairs difficult to manage.

Car Parking

Free public car parks in Market Place, opposite museum, and Old Cattle Market, adjacent to musem.

Coach party information

Coach parties are welcome by prior arrangement. Please contact the Custodian on 01234 711516.

Admission prices

Adult 3.00
Over 60, unwaged student over 18, disabled 2.00
Young people 12 to 18 1.50
Children under 12 accompanied by adult FREE
Friends of Museum / Members Cowper and Newton Society FREE
Group bookings of 12 or more (per person) 2.00
Group bookings with guided tour (per person) 3.50
Garden only 1.00
Garden season ticket 5.00

Museum Shop

The shop stocks a wide variety of books and merchandise.


Olney is situated on the A509, 5 miles North of Newport Pagnell and Junction 14 of the M1.

Olney is easily accessible by car from Bedford, Northampton, Wellingborough, Milton Keynes and the M1 motorway. There are daily coaches from London and a bus service from Milton Keynes.


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