Shaw House

West Berkshire

Type:Historic House / Palace

Church Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2DR

Tel: 01635 279279

Shaw House


Shaw House was completed in 1581 by Thomas Dolman, a member of a successful family who had made their fortune from the cloth industry in Newbury. This impressive manor has witnessed centuries of political and social tension and evidence exists for its contribution to some of the most notable events in English history.

The striking nature of its architecture established the Dolmans' position as pre-eminent in Newbury and the surrounding area. The Dolman family have been significant to the development of Shaw House; in all it was passed down through six generations between 1554 and 1728. During this time visitors to Shaw included several kings and queens on their royal progresses around the country as well as courtiers travelling from London to Bath.

It then became the setting for part of the Second Battle of Newbury in 1644, acting as headquarters for Charles I, while hand-to-hand battle was fought in the gardens between his army and that of the Parliamentarians.

Over the succeeding centuries Shaw House has been the country retreat of a Duke, the residence of an 18th century investor who had interests in the West Indian sugar plantations, and the home of a large Victorian family. At the outbreak of World War II the house was requisitioned by the War Office as accommodation for troops. Following the bombing of Newbury Senior Council schools in 1943 it took on its final role as a school for many generations of Newbury children. Having stood empty for over a decade a major restoration programme has rescued it from near dereliction and left it refurbished for the benefit of the community.

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  • Accessible Lift
  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • Induction Loop System
  • No dogs (Guide dogs accepted)
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchair user accessible


  • Cafe
  • Catering for groups
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant

Children & Infants

  • Babes in Arms
  • Baby changing
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome

Establishment Features

  • All weather attraction
  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Gift shop
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Guided tours by arrangement
  • Lift
  • Meeting rooms
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Free parking
  • On site parking
  • Railway station within walking distance

Payment Methods

  • Special group rates

Provider Preferences

  • Indoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun


Map & Directions

Road Directions

From the M4 Leave the motorway at J 13 take A34 towards Newbury. Exit for A339 Newbury Town Centre (this is first slip road off the A34 and comes up very quickly). Straight over at first roundabout (Vodafone HQ on left), keep in left hand lane at traffic lights, then take next left onto Shaw Road - B4009 (signposted Hermitage). At mini roundabout turn left onto Church Road (signposted Shaw Church) and the entrance to the car park is on the right before the main gates to the house.From the southFrom the A34 take the slip road exit signposted A4 Newbury & Hungerford, (this is the third junction for Newbury). At the roundabout turn left onto the A4, follow the road through Speen, past the Hare & Hounds pub on the right. At the next roundabout take second exit, staying on A4. At the A339/A4 roundabout, take left turn into Shaw Road - B4009 (signposted Hermitage). At mini roundabout turn left onto Church Road (signposted Shaw Church) and the entrance to the car park is on the right before the main gates to the house.From the east (Thatcham), west (Hungerford) and south east (Basingstoke)At the A339/A4 roundabout, take left turn into Shaw Road - B4009 (signposted Hermitage). At mini roundabout turn left onto Church Road (signposted Shaw Church) and the entrance to the car park is on the right before the main gates to the house.

Public Transport Directions

By RailShaw House is situated 1½ miles from Newbury station. There is a taxi rank at the station, alternatively it is approximately 15 minutes walk through the town centre.By BusShaw Road, just a few minutes walk from Shaw House is well served by buses to and from Newbury Bus Station. Newbury Buses services 9 & 12 stop in Shaw Road. The bus stops are on either side of the road close to the local shop from where it is a short walk along Shaw Road and Church Road to Shaw House.

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