Explore life in Cheltenham’s only Victorian home open to all, the birthplace of composer Gustav Holst in 1874.  You can find it at 4 Clarence Road, just opposite Pittville Gates.

In the Holst Victorian House you can explore the lives of some of the inhabitants, including Holst’s parents, both in Victorian and more modern times. The house is a time capsule of 19th century life with a working Victorian kitchen, Victorian bedroom, scullery and nursery.

Composer Gustav Holst’s life and times can be discovered in his Music Room, complete with the piano on which he composed The Planets.

The Museum hosts a range of exhibitions, events and children’s activities throughout the year, including its popular ‘Bake Back in Time’ events using the working coal-fired range.

Whether or not you have visited before, Holst Victorian House look forward to welcoming you and sharing with you the experience of living in a Victorian home.


The house is now a museum where the story of Holst and his music is told alongside a display of personal belongings, including his piano. The museum also features a Victorian kitchen and laundry, a Victorian drawing room and an Edwardian nursery.

For more information please go to the museum website.

Holst Birthplace Museum

The Holst Birthplace Museum