Posted in History, Museum, Review

Tudor House and Garden, Southampton, Hampshire

Members of the Hungerford Household Tudor re-enactment group delight visitors with glimpses of Tudor life.

In an earlier post I wrote about the re-opening of the Tudor House and Garden after nearly 10 years of closure on Saturday 30th July.  I thought I would share with you some images I took at the opening weekend to entice you to visit this lovely museum which is nestled in the quiet back streets in the bustling port city of Southampton.    I have to say,  I am particularly impressed with the way in which respect has been shown to this beautiful old building whilst at the same time the latest museum technology has been used to good effect throughout to bring the House’s complex history to life.

Hungerford Household Tudor Re-enactment Group

Mention must also be made of the extremely friendly staff at the Museum.  I have now made three visits to the venue and every time the staff have been so polite, helpful and professional.  I ask a lot of questions, I am a historian it is in my nature to do so, but on each occasion the staff always did their best to answer my queries.  What also shines through is their love of the building and a genuine sense of pride to be working there, quite rare to find these days.   So, if you live in Southampton then please support your local museum and if you live elsewhere you won’t be disappointed you made the trip.  The café, overlooking the Tudor knot garden, has lots of reasonably priced light snacks, refreshments and a rather indulgent afternoon tea.

A Tudor gentlemen enjoying the delights of the restored knot garden.
Many examples of ship graffiti were discovered in 2010 during the restoration, all date between 1570 and 1620. This is a very rare discovery and the museum uses the latest technology to interpret the find.
World War II air-raid shelter exhibit, Tudor House and Garden, Southampton, Hampshire.
Fireplace in the Banqueting Hall. Enjoy the clever multi-media show which will introduce you to the fascinating history of the house.

 

Tudor House and Garden, Bugle Street, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 2AD, Tel: 023 8083 4242, WWW.tudorhouseandgarden.com, Open: Mon-Sun 10-5, Admission prices:  children under 7 – Free,  Concessions – £3.75, Adults – £4.75, Family ticket (2 adults + 3 children) – £12.

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