The Museum
 
Ground Floor
- Music Room
First Floor
- Sitting Room
- Bedroom
Top Floor
- Nursery
- Maids Bedroom
Basement
- Kitchen
- Servants Room
- Maid's Sitting Room
- Scullery
- Storage Room
- Larder
Outside
- Back Yard
- Outdoor Lavatory
 
 
 
Introduction
 
 
The Piano on which much of 'The Planets was composed

Welcome to the Holst Birthplace Museum. The house was built in 1832 and is typical of the many smaller Regency terraced houses built in Cheltenham at that time. Gustav Holst (or Gustavus Theodore von Holst as he was until 1918) was born here on September 21st 1874 and lived here until 1882, shortly after his mother died. He died in London on May 25th 1934.

The Museum which opened in 1975 is a memorial to Holst, one of England's most respected composers, best known for his work The Planets. It is one of only two composer birthplace museums in the country (the other being Elgar's). Visitors may learn more of Holst's life, his music, his family and friendships, whilst being reminded of domestic life at the end of the 19th Century.


Access for disabled visitors
Owing to the character of the building, access is difficult for wheelchair users. There are steps up to the front door and staircases to all floors. There is no lift but there is a handrail for all stairs. A large-print guide to the house is available and there are ‘pen friends’ for the visually impaired.


             
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Holst Birthplace Museum: 4 Clarence Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 2AY | TEL: 01242 524846
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