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Ordinary house, extraordinary home

Step back in time to the 1920s and discover how a grocer's family lived in a Midland market town through their furnishings and household objects.

This modest semi-detached house has changed little since the Straws moved here in 1923. For over 60 years they threw little away and chose to live without many of the modern comforts we take for granted today.

Photographs, letters, furniture and household objects can still be seen exactly where their owners left them. A lovingly tended garden and orchard complete the domestic feel.

The Straws Revealed

Delve into our fascinating archive 

Delve into our fascinating archive

Tuesday 15 July, 2-4pm

Take a trip back in time with a guided tour through this 1920s home then delve into the archives to see some of the objects that were important to the Straw family.

Booking essential. £4 per person plus normal admission charges

Mystery Object Trail

What will you discover? © Geoffrey Frosh

What will you discover?

Tuesday 22 July - Saturday 6 September 11am - 4pm

Step back in time as you tour this extraordinary home, discover some mystery objects and work out what they were used for on our family trail.

Normal admission prices, times and timed entry systems apply

Tasting the Past

Don't worry - we don't use these! © Geoffrey Frosh

Don't worry - we don't use these!

Tuesday 16 September 11am-4pm

Try some seasonal treats from Florence Straw's recipe books and taste apples fresh from the orchard.

Normal admission prices, times and timed entry systems apply. Donations welcome

William & Walter's Worksop

Discover local buildings and businesses on our guided walk © Mike Kennedy

Discover local buildings and businesses on our guided walk

Monday 29 September 10am - 12.30pm and 2-4.30pm

Meet at Mr Straw's House for this guided walk taking in locations known and loved by the Straw family, and followed by tea and biscuits. Part of the Great British Walk.

Booking essential. £10 per person, including NT members

The Straws Revealed

Discover more about the family and their possessions © Geoffrey Frosh

Discover more about the family and their possessions

Thursday 9 October, 11am-1pm

Take a trip back in time with a guided tour through this 1920s home then delve into the archives to see some of the objects that were important to the Straw family.

Booking essential. £4 per person plus normal admission charges

Halloween Hunt

Explore the house where time stands still © Amy Simms

Explore the house where time stands still

Tuesday 28 October - Saturday 1 November 11am - 4pm

Visit a house where time stands still and seek out some spooky objects on our haunting Halloween trail.

Normal admission charges, times and timed entry systems apply

Putting the House to Bed

Get up close to our collection as we put the house to bed for winter © Amy Simms

Get up close to our collection as we put the house to bed for winter

Monday 17 November 2-4pm

Wrap up warm to find out what happens during the winter months, discover how we care for Mr Straw's treasures and enjoy tea and cake with the team.

Booking essential. £15 per person, including NT members

Before you visit...

  • Don't forget to book in advance by telephoning 01909 482380.
  • We operate a timed ticket entry system, admitting a maximum of 4 visitors every 15 minutes between 11am and 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.
  • It is often possible to make a same day booking, but please do call us to check before setting off.
  • Our email address is for enquiries, not bookings, as we can't always access it during the day. We hope to have on-line booking later this year.
  • There are several flights of steep stairs at Mr Straw's House. If you think you'll need extra time to get around, just let us know in advance.
  • To protect the 1920s wallpaper in Mr Straw's House we don't allow any bags inside. We have secure storage in our reception.

Discover our collection

We have thousands of objects from Mr Straw's House in our vast collection. Visit the National Trust Collections website to discover more about them, or browse the highlights chosen by our volunteers.

Find us on Facebook

Keep up to date with everything going on at Mr Straw's House at our Facebook page. Share thoughts about your visit, hear about the latest events, or see if you can guess our weekly mystery object.

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