Welcome An historic Tudor building in Gloucester


Bishop Hooper’s House, 99-101 Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2PG


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Gloucester Folk Museum (for the last couple of years called the “Gloucester Life Museum”) was one of the first Folk Museums to be established in the Country in 1935.

At the end of 2018 the Council closed the Museum and agreed a deal to transfer ownership to Gloucester Historic Buildings/Gloucester Civic Trust who will be re-opening it as an events, education and exhibitions space.

The building has been known for many years as Bishop Hooper House because some people believed that Bishop Hooper stayed here on the night before he was burnt at the stake in 1555. However there is no evidence that this actually happened!

The museum has what is claimed to be part of the burnt stake.

For a more detailed description of the building’s history. Please click the button below.

The building has an excellent café where visitors can take a break including a delightful “Tudor” garden area when the weather suits.

Also on site are a pair of excellent, state of the art, meeting rooms, called the “EdShed”, which are available for hire.

If you’d like to help us with this amazing place, please considering donating or volunteering.


The Ed Shed Two Meeting rooms available to hire

Courtyard View

Courtyard View

Facilities Include

  • Wifi
  • Smart Board
  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilet and lift
  • Flip chart
  • Fridge
  • Projector
  • Sink & Worktop
  • Tea and Coffee facilities
Tower View

Tower View

Room Layouts

  • Board Room
  • Cabaret Style
  • Classroom
  • Clear Space
  • U Shape
  • Horeshoe chairs only
  • Theatre

Events Events at The Folk

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