A former Georgian workhouse, the Red House is now a museum exploring the story of Christchurch from before the Ice Age to modern times. Find out about the town’s ancient past with our displays a...
A former Georgian workhouse, the Red House is now a museum exploring the story of Christchurch from before the Ice Age to modern times. Find out about the town’s ancient past with our displays about Saxon princes and Iron Age dwellers at Hengistbury Head, then take a glimpse at life in the 19th century in our Victorian bygone gallery. In our family area, you’ll find hands-on activities and dressing-up costumes, as well as quizzes and spotter trails. There are plenty of corners to escape to at the museum, including our charming herb garden and south garden, which holds unexpected dinosaur surprises. The Red House has a charming shop with a wide selection of gifts to browse or buy and the café is the perfect setting for a bite to eat or something to drink, inside or out. Throughout the year, we also run a programme of fun, family-friendly events.
Find us at...
- Red House Museum and Gardens
- Quay Road
- BH23 1BU
Our family-friendly offer
The museum is a great place for the whole family to enjoy. Visit the bygone galleries and learn about the social and industrial life of Christchurch, discover the local history resource area and browse through more than 50,000 photographs, explore the gardens and admire the view of Christchurch Priory, spot the objects around the museum with our fun activity sheets and visit our welcoming café and browse the museum shop.
The museum has wheelchair access to the ground floor, café, exhibition space and garden areas. There are some small steps to negotiate while moving between these areas.