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Q: Where can I park?
A: There is ample public paid-for car parking within a short distance of Tudor House: to the west at The Quays, to the north in Castle Way, to the south in High Street between Britton Street and Porter’s Lane, at Gloucester Square off road parking, and to the east on the corner of Eastgate Street and Back of the Walls. There’s also some on-street metered parking close by, including in Bugle Street. For full details of parking please click here.
Q: How far is Tudor House and Garden from Southampton Central Railway Station?
A: It takes about 5 minutes by car and approximately 20 minutes on foot.
Q: Do I have to book my visit in advance, or can I just turn up?
A: Visitors do not need to book unless they are coming as a group. Schools and groups should book visits with our Learning Team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 023 8083 4536.
If you’re a member of the public, there’s no need to book in advance, unless you want to attend a workshop, talk or other pre-bookable activity. See the full listings here.
Q: I would like to ensure my visit doesn’t clash with a large group or school visit, is this possible?
A: Yes, email email@example.com or call 023 8083 4536 and our team can check the bookings schedule for you.
Q: Can I use the Tudor House Café without paying the admission charge to the house?
A: Yes, when you arrive at Tudor House reception, tell our staff that you have only come to use the cafe.
Q: How long should I allow for my visit?
A: How long you take to enjoy Tudor House and Garden is entirely up to you. It takes approximately one hour to walk quickly around the entire attraction, but to fully appreciate the historical and architectural aspects including taking the audio tour and exploring the digital resources, you should allow between two and four hours. You may also like to linger in our shop or enjoy refreshments in our café.
Q: Is Tudor House and Garden accessible to people with disabilities?
A: Yes, the ground floor and garden are accessible to people with mobility impairment, and the first floor is wheelchair accessible via new platform lifts. There is also a described tour for the visually impaired, and a touch model in the garden. From time to time touch tours of the house with a skilled guide are arranged. Labels for the objects on display are available in large print. Assistance dogs are welcome.
Q: Is the audio tour available in other languages apart from English?
A: Not at present.
Q: Are there any baby-changing facilities?
A: Yes, in the toilets on the ground floor.
Q: How old is the building?
A: The timber framed house facing St Michael’s Square was built at the end of the 15th Century. The Norman house facing Western Esplanade dates back to the 12th Century.
Q: How much did it cost to restore Tudor House and Garden?
A: The project, led by the city council with major support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and generous local donations, took two phases of work. Phase One received £1.628 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and an additional £590,000 from Southampton City Council. Phase Two received a grant of £3.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £1.8 million from the City Council and over £50,000 in other donations.