There are many ways to discover D.H. Lawrence and the landscape that inspired many of his works. Guided and self-guided tours are available at the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum in Eastwood, as well as self-led local walks. So whether you’ve read any D.H. Lawrence books, or simply enjoy a good story and visiting historic houses, come and visit our authentically recreated Victorian miner’s cottage, where the controversial life of D.H. Lawrence began.
At the Birthplace Museum you can:
- Learn about family life in the mining community, which shaped Lawrence’s childhood and writing.
- See rooms where the family lived.
- View personal items and some of Lawrence’s original watercolour paintings.
You can find out more information about visiting the Museum here:
- When can I visit?
- Tours options
- How much does it cost?
- Can I take photos?
- How accessible is the Museum?
When can I visit?
The Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm.
At the Museum we offer guided and self-guided tours of our authentically restored Victorian miner’s cottage. Your visit to the Museum also includes an introductory DVD of Lawrence’s life, as well as a permanent gallery covering the author’s later life, and a changing exhibition space.
Our lovely historic building does have some access limitations. The complete visitor experience stretches across two buildings and over 3 floors. Unfortunately due to its listed building status, there are no lifts on site, and wheelchair access is only available in the Museum shop and Victorian washhouse. There are sights, smells and sounds throughout the Museum as well, stimulating the senses, and providing an immersive experience in 19th century Nottinghamshire.
Closure Updates: The Museum is occasionally closed to the public when we have group visits, and we do our best to keep our visitors updated of any closures. Please see below the dates affected and what tours are still available to book on these dates.
The museum will open at 12pm on Wednesday 4th December.
The last day the museum is open before the Christmas closure is Saturday 21st December. The museum has an annual deep-clean in January, and will re-open to visitors again on Saturday 25th January 2020.
Should you have any questions, would like to book a tour, or just want to check availability on a specific date, please either phone (0115 917 3824) or email the Museum (email@example.com).
Our friendly and knowledgeable staff members provide a behind the scenes, up close tour of home where Eastwood’s most notorious author was born, sharing untold stories of the Lawrence family.
We offer guided tours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings, at 10.15am and 11.15am. Tickets must be booked in advance, and are subject to staff availability. Guided tours last 45 minutes, with unlimited time available to explore the remainder of the site, including two exhibition spaces.
Due to the size of the rooms within the Museum, we can only accommodate 10 people per guided tour, so please make sure you check that we are open on the day you would like to visit and that there are places available on the tour you wish to attend, by calling us on 0115 9173824 and booking a ticket.
We now offer self-guided tours of the Museum, to allow our visitors the opportunity to discover the birthplace of D.H. Lawrence at their own pace. Interpretation boards introducing the Lawrence family, and Victorian life in Nottinghamshire, are located in each of the rooms in the historic building, with additional information available on A4 handouts.
Self-guided tours are available all day on Tuesdays and Wednesday, and from 12.00pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On days when no guided tours are delivered, whether no one has booked on or there is limited staff availability, self-guided tours will be available all day, beginning at 10.00am.
Information is currently only available in English, but we are in the process of translating information into different languages.
D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum
8a Victoria Street
- Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
- Guided Tours: Thursday-Saturday
- Tour 1 10.15
- Tour 2 11.15
- Self-Guided Tours
- Tuesday and Wednesday All Day
- Thursday - Saturday 12.00pm onwards
Tel: 0115 917 3824
How much does it cost?
|Ticket Type||Guided Tour||Self-Guided Tour|
|Full Lleisure Gym Membership||Free||Free|
|Broxtowe Residents||Normal Charges Apply (see above)||Free|
Concession prices are for:
- Over 60s
- Disabled visitors & 1 carer*
- Full time students
Please note proof of concession may be required.
*Please note that due to the restrictions of the Grade II listed building there is no wheelchair access to the upper floors but a virtual tour of the Museum is available online here or on a laptop in the Museum Shop (upon request).
Historic Houses and Museums Association Memberships
We are pleased to offer free entry to members of the Historic Houses and Museums Association, for guided and self-guided tours. Members must be able to show their membership card to qualify for free entry.
Broxtowe Borough Residents
For residents of the surrounding Broxtowe Borough, we offer free entry each day on our self-guided tours only. Please bring proof of address to qualify for this special offer. Guided tours will be charged at the normal rate. This offer runs until Saturday 21st December 2019.
Can I take photos?
You are welcome to take photos and films as part of your visit. Please feel free to use these for your personal, non-commercial* use.
Please can you:
- avoid taking photos or filming people without permission
- avoid taking photos of children without permission from their parent or guardian
- look out for signs telling you where photography or filming is not allowed
- ask at reception if you wish to take photographs or film for commercial* use
* Commercial means use that is intended for or directed towards commercial advantage or private monetary compensation
If you share your photos on social media don’t forget to tag the Museum:
How accessible is the museum?
Our lovely historic building does have some access limitations.
Please note that due to the restrictions of the Grade II listed building there is no wheelchair access to the upper floors. The tour requires visitors to use flights of steps. There is also low level (gas) lighting in the historic rooms and the rooms themselves are small.
Please do contact us with any questions so we may do our best to help, or click here to see the D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum’s Access Statement.