The Judge's Lodging

Broad St, Presteigne, Powys LD8 2AD
Broad Street Presteigne Wales LD8 2AB GB

Go back to the 1870s and step into the award-winning Judge’s Lodging where you can explore the ‘upstairs and downstairs’ life of Victorian judges, their servants and their criminal guests.

Discover the stunning restored judges’ apartments to the dingy servants’ quarters where you can explore their gas lit world. Feel the damp cells that will remind you of the building’s true purpose and then visit the vast 19th century courtroom where your imagination will be captured by the trial of William Morgan, a local duck thief.

Listen to voices from the past and hear the tales from the hard working maid and the Reverend Richard Lister Venerables, Chairman of the Magistrates. As you walk around, appreciate the interior that has hardly been touched by time and get a genuine feel and smell of the past, helped by paraffin lamp lighting. See the stunning red ‘Dining Room’ furnished in a way to convey masculine grandeur and then head to the ‘Common Room’ used by the servants. You will certainly see a difference.

This is a fascinating historic house that also has two sets of cells furnished with a straw mattress and privy. Look out for the prisoners’ names and their sentences scratched on the wall at the foot of the stairs. Pretend to be a prisoner as you stand in the dock in the courtroom or peer from the jury box or act like you were a member of the press. You can even sit in the judge’s chair and study his books to get a real sense of what it was like to be a magistrate.

You will have fun discovering this unusual household, but at the same time will learn a lot about the lives of Victorian judges and the penalties imposed on law-breaking citizens in the Victorian era. This is a great place for all of the family to visit.
Location Details:
Facilities: For visitors with restricted mobility, access is to the ground floor only.

There is no admission charge for any registered disabled visitor. There are concessionary rates for any visitors who are senior citizens, unemployed or in full-time study.

Opening Times:
March – October – 10am-5pm Tues – Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays
1st November – 31st November – 10am – 4pm Wed – Sun
1st December – 22nd December – 10am – 4pm Sat – Sun

23rd December – 28th February
Open by prior arrangement for groups at any time, including evenings.

We recommend you leave at least one and a half hours for your visit.

Adult £7.95
Child £3.95
Concession £6.95
Family £21.50
Registered disabled visitors free
Prices subject to change.