About us


Gustav Holst, composer of The Planets, was born in this Regency house in 1874. The Museum was set up in 1975 to celebrate Cheltenham’s most famous son and also to offer a glimpse into what life was like for an ordinary 19th century family living in the town. Step back in time as you wander through its historic rooms, including Holst’s Victorian bedroom, nursery, kitchen and scullery. Imagine Cheltenham’s Regency past in the only Regency room open to the public in the town, complete with hand blocked wallpaper, fine furnishings and 19th century art collection. See and listen to the piano Holst used to compose The Planets in a recreation of his music room. Delve deeper into his life in the Holst Discovery Space, through archives and film. Drop into the Learning Space for one of our regular family activities

We are a small, independent museum governed by the Holst Birthplace Trust, registered charity number: 1078599.