Plan a Visit
We have altered arrangements due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The Museum is located in the heart of Huntingdon town centre, just off the historic town square, across from the Town Hall and All Saints' Church. Please see the map for our location.
The closest car park is on St. Germain Street, just behind the Museum – please see the Huntingdon First map for its location. Huntingdon is just off the main A1/A14 junction and is midway between Cambridge and Peterborough by road. The multi-story car park by Sainsbury's has electric car charging points on the first floor for those using an electric vehicle.
We are less than 10 minutes’ walk from Huntingdon Railway Station, which is on the main East Coast rail line. There are regular services from Peterborough (14 minutes by train) and London King’s Cross (55 minutes by train). For train times please visit National Rail Enquiries.
We are only a couple of minutes’ walk away from Huntingdon Bus Station, which has regular local bus services, and is connected by the Guided Busway to central Cambridge. Please visit the Stagecoach website for more details on the Busway timetable.
Lots of people come to see us by bicycle, if they live locally or have cycled in from a neighbouring town. There are bicycle racks for you to secure your bike to just outside the Museum on Grammar School Walk.
The Museum has a wealth of treasures to see and delight visitors of all ages:
- Cromwell’s hat – an amazing survival is this 17th century hat, believed to have belonged to Cromwell and been worn by him when dismissing the ‘Rump’ Parliament. We also have a replica that you can try on!
- Portraits and Paintings – we have an interesting collection of portraits of Cromwell (including the famed ‘warts and all’ portrait by Sir Peter Lely), his family and many other important characters from the period.
- Arms and Armour – see original arms and armour from the time of the Civil Wars, including several of Cromwell’s swords.
- Personal items – we have astonishing personal items belonging to Cromwell and his family, including his gunpowder flask, an exquisite chest given to him as a diplomatic gift, and his medical cabinet.
- Family activities – we have a number of trails and activities for our younger visitors, including replica items and costumes to handle and try on.
The Museum is accessible to wheelchairs, buggies, prams, but not to large mobility scooters. The interior of the Museum is flat, without steps, and seating is available for visitor use.
We have large print introductory guides available for visitors – please ask the steward on duty.
By prior arrangement we can arrange handling sessions for groups or individuals with visual impairments, allowing them to interact with objects and replicas in a tactile way.
The Museum has a small but well stocked gift counter, with a selection of books, souvenirs and gift ideas about or inspired by Cromwell, the 17th century and the Museum’s collections. We take payment by cash, cheque and credit or debit card.
Our opening hours are:
- Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 4pm (1 April - 31 October)
- Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 3.30pm (1 November - 31 March)
- Closed Sundays and Mondays (Open 11am - 4pm Bank Holiday Mondays)
May Bank Holidays Opening Hours:
Bank Holiday Monday 1 May: 11am - 4pm
Coronation Day Saturday 6 May: 11am - 4pm
Bank Holiday Monday 8 May: 11am - 4pm
Spring Bank Holiday Monday 29 May: 11am - 4pm
Admission FREE. As we are an independent charity we do encourage visitors to make a donation to help with our running costs.
We welcome group visits and school visits by prior arrangement during and outside of opening hours. Please check our group visits and school visits pages for more information.
For Covid-19 Protection we currently operate a number of protective measures.
- We may limit the number of visitors who can be inside the Museum at any one time during busy periods
- Hand sanitising facilities are available at the entrance to the Museum and other key points