Heritage Centre:The Old House at Black And White House Museum

Heritage Centre, free entry

The Old House

The Old House

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Museums Administration


High Town,


The Old House is a remarkably well preserved example of a 17th Century timber-framed building and is situated in the heart of Hereford, surrounded by the commercial centre of the city. The Old House is a startling sight, standing as the sole reminder of times-gone-by in the middle of a modern shopping precinct.

Built in 1621, The Old House has been used for many purposes over the years, starting life as a butcher’s home and shop and finishing its commercial life in the hands of Lloyds Bank in the late 1920s. Since 1929 it has been a fascinating museum giving an insight into daily life in Jacobean times. It is furnished in period style with an internationally important collection of English Oak furniture and there are interesting pieces in every room. Of particular interest to many visitors are the rare wall-paintings, the four-poster bed and the baby-walkers.

There are hands-on activities for children including replica clothing and puzzles.

For those unable to climb the stairs, a virtual tour is situated on the fully-accessible ground floor. There are also Braille, audio guides, and tactile images for the blind and visually impaired. Additionally, staff are trained in guiding for the blind and in the art of audio-description.

Opening details

Opening Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 11am – 4pm

Wednesday: 10am – 4pm

Sunday: 11am-4pm (21st March – 25th September 2016)


Free entry


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Map reference: SO 510400  Lat: 52.05674 Long: -2.71561

At the post office end of High Town in the centre of Hereford