Welcome to The Cowper & Newton Museum, the home from 1768 to 1786 of William Cowper, renowned 18th century poet. Walk back in time through rooms featuring numerous personal artefacts and belongings. Discover Cowper’s comic sense of humour, his poetry and writings, the highs and lows in his life and his love of gardening and animals – especially his pet hares.
Discover how his friend John Newton‘s life and personal experience inspired him to write the world’s most famous hymn ‘Amazing Grace’, here in Olney. Learn about his time as a slave trade captain and as a slave himself, how he became the curate of the parish church, his involvement in the abolition of slavery and his spiritual influence on William Wilberforce.
Why not also spend some time exploring the beautiful Market Town of Olney with its historic buildings and range of independent shops or nearby Emberton Country Park.
Olney Town Guide online: www.olneytowncouncil.gov.uk
More Olney history and heritage: www.mkheritage.org.uk/odhs
Tel: +44 (0)1234 711516 (Tues – Sat Office Hours 10.30am-5pm)
Please check our website for current season opening.
Some picnic facilities/seating available in the Garden. Cafés, shops, bakeries and restaurants for morning coffee, lunch or tea close by.
There is plentiful free parking in Olney; along High Street as well as in short and long stay carparks. See location of carparks at: www.olneytowncouncil.gov.uk
See our website for public transport links.
There is access for wheelchair users to the garden. Three rooms in Cowper’s house (Orchard Side) are accessible via two or three steps, thereafter the museum is over 3 floors and 6 flights of stairs in the historic house. A portfolio of photographs of the exhibits in the upper rooms is available for those who find the steep stairs difficult to manage. Videos about the museum are available to watch in the Reception area, where volunteers are always on hand to answer your questions.
Adults: £7.50 (includes Annual Pass)
Children 0-15: Free
Check our website for group visits