The two gentlemen

'Visit the house where one of England’s favourite poets William Cowper lived for twenty years, and imagine domestic life as he experienced it in late-Georgian times. Enjoy his garden and the celebrated summer-house where he wrote, and where he used to meet his neighbour, the preacher and former slave trader John Newton, author of the hymn Amazing Grace.'

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The Museum – Orchard Side and Gilpin House

Visit our historic 18th century townhouse, the tranquil gardens and some of the greatest stories of the era


Our Glorious Gardens

Summer is here and the Jasmine and Lavender perfumes the garden…
Why not bring your packed lunch and enjoy the views, scents and birdsong from our benches.

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The Cowper and Newton Collection

Explore Orchard and Gilpin House, discovering the many personal belonging of William Cowper and John Newton

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Three Hares Gallery – Art Exhibitions

During August, father and daughter, Mike and Beki Bloor, bring their unique talents to the Three Hares Gallery with an exhibition of paintings and photographs exploring urban life. The exhibition titled ‘Urban Eye’ opens on 3rd August and runs until 30th August, admission free.


Join Olney’s ‘Amazingly Graceful Georgian Dancers’

Olney’s ‘Amazingly Graceful Georgian Dance Group’ – we are newly formed and welcome new members, especially more men! Contact Paula 01234 711516.


Family Fun

Fun for All the Family at the Cowper and Newton Museum

Hopping Hares Summer Trails, Challenges and other Things to do!


Notice Board – Refreshments

Refreshments in the Courtyard Season is here
Check Events for this year’s dates

Garden Visitors

Group Visits

Coach parties and groups

Bookings are welcome by prior arrangement – we can arrange an introductory talk, a full guided tour or be free to wander to your hearts content…



As well as visiting the museum, why not spend some time enjoying Olney with its historic buildings and many shops and places to eat?