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Holst Birthplace Museum

Holst Birthplace Museum
4 Clarence Rd, Cheltenham, Glos. GL52 2AY

01242 524846


About The Holst Birthplace Museum

Gustav Holst, the composer of ‘The Planets’  was born at 4 Clarence Road, Cheltenham on 21 September 1874. After studying at the Royal College of Music, (where he and Vaughan Williams became life-long friends), he worked for the Carl Rosa Opera Company and the Scottish Orchestra playing the trombone, before settling down to a busy life of teaching and composing. He became music teacher at Dulwich Girls' School (1903-20), director of music at St Paul's Girls' School, Hammersmith (1905-34), music director at Morley College (1907-24) and in 1919 professor of music at University College, Reading. 

Holst believed passionately in the community spirit of music and that music should be accessible to everyone.

Holst's birthplace in Clarence Road has been restored to an era as Gustav would have seen it as he grew up in the 1870’s. The house is the only example in Gloucestershire of a Victorian-Edwardian family home complete with the furnishings and utensils of that period. The museum shows the upstairs downstairs way of life in times past, including a working Victorian kitchen and laundry, elegant Regency drawing room and charming Edwardian nursery.

The Holst Birthplace Trust aims to honour the life and promote the music of Gustav Holst and encourage the performance and understanding of his work.

Holst Birthplace Museum opening times

January – June

Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm

July, August and September
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1.30pm-5pm

October – mid December
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm

Open Bank Holiday Mondays

Guided tours and Group tours available - prior booking required

General admission

All entrance tickets are now Annual Passes. Come back to the Museum as many times as you like within one year for no extra cost! Just bring your ticket with you when you return.

  • Adults £6
  • Concessions £5.50
  • Children £2 (5-15)
  • Family £14 (2+3)

Where is the Holst Birthplace Museum?

The Holst Birthplace Museum is situated right on the fringe of the town centre in Cheltenham - close to the historic Pittville Pump Rooms in Pittville Park.

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