If only walls could talk! Tours of the Folk of Gloucester

If only walls could talk! A “Behind the Scenes” Tour of three Tudor houses

Take a trip back in time guided by the colourful characters who lived and worked in this row of Tudor houses. Immerse yourself in fascinating facts and gory stories while you explore the many rooms with a serving maid, an undertaker, a Puritan Mayor or other larger than life characters from the past 600 years.  The Tour Guides will be dressed in costume, representing a real person connected to the building.  

Be one of the first to explore this building which was closed for several years!

Walk on the squeaky floorboards and smell the history! 

Gloucester Civic Trust have taken over this amazing and unique row of three Tudor houses from the City Council and want to bring life back into the buildings and keep them safe for future generations.

Guided Tours are now available and tell the stories of the buildings themselves and the people who owned them or worked or lived in them during the last 600 years. The Tour Guides will be dressed in costume, representing a real person connected to the building.

Find out why someone was hiding in the loft of the coal house, or who received special dispensation from the Privy council in the sixteenth century.

Hear the story about Bishop Hooper and the room he is reputed to have stayed in the night before he was burnt at the Stake in 1555.

Who owned and lived in these buildings during the Civil War and the Siege of Gloucester in 1643?

Who set up the largest pin making factory in Gloucester here in the 18th Century and exhibited their state-of-the-art machinery in the Great Exhibition in 19th Century?

Who was the very last baby to be born here in 20th Century?
And –
Where was the Witch’s bottle found?

All these questions will be answered during the Tour.

You will also hear about our plans for the future of the buildings which will no longer be a museum but an exhibition and events space and a centre for the local community.

  • Tours usually run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, either at 11am or 2pm. Check below for exact times.
  • Please note that the Tour takes about 90 minutes and costs £7 for adults, £3 for children under
    16. There is a limit of 10 people on each tour.  
  • Access to the first and second floors is via staircases.  There is no lift access.  This means the tour is unsuitable for pushchairs, users of wheelchairs and those with limited mobility.
  • The Café will be open so please come a bit early and support our efforts to keep these beautiful buildings open by buying a cup of tea or coffee before the Tour as the Introduction to the Tour usually starts here.

November & December 2023

Tour Dates and Times

November 2023    
Thursday 2nd 11am
Friday 3rd 11am
Thursday 9th 11am
Friday 10th 11am
Saturday  11th 11am
Thursday 16th 11am
Friday  17th 11am
Saturday  18th 11am
Thursday 23rd 11am
Friday 24th 11am
Thursday 30th 11am
December 2023    
Thursday 7th 11am



January 2024

Tour Dates and Times

January 2024    
Thursday 11th 11am
Friday 12th 11am
Friday 19th 11am
Saturday 20th 11am
Thursday 25th 11am
Friday 26th 11am


February 2024

Tour Dates and Times

February 2024

Thursday 1st 11am
Friday 2nd 11am
Friday 9th 11am
Saturday 10th 11am
Thursday 22nd 11am
Friday 23rd 11am


March 2024

Tour Dates and Times

March 2024    
Friday 1st 11am
Saturday 2nd 11am
Thursday 7th 11am
Thursday 14th 11am
Friday 15th 11am
Saturday 16th 11am
Friday 22nd 11am