Judge's Lodging

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Wander through the stunningly restored judge's apartments, study the books, sit in the judge's chair, even pump water in the kitchen, for this is an historic house with a difference - you can touch!

Below stairs there is the full range of servants rooms to explore, with kitchens, sleeping quarters and workrooms; a whole gas lit world to discover. Damp cells remind you of the building's true purpose, along with the vast courtroom where your imagination is captured by the echoing trial of William Morgan, local duck thief.

Find out about the rural Radnorshire Constabulary, the tragic tale of Mary Morgan, reputedly the last woman to be hanged in Wales, the terrible state of and great escapes from Presteigne gaol, contrasting with the luxurious lives of the judges - what better place to discover for yourselves the true theatre of the law.

At last, an historic house where you don't have to worry about bringing the kids! The Judge's Lodging welcome families and the 'hands-on' policy means that your children can feel for themselves what life was like in a Victorian house.

As well as being able to touch, they also have:

Activity boxes for kids (and kids at heart) to explore, with dressing up clothes, toys and activities.
Their own guidebook, Interesting Stuff, Gross Facts and a Bit About the Building, to help them investigate the rooms.
The audiotour, which features 'Victorian' characters from the building's past talking about their lives - our machines are very robust, easy to use and we are happy for everyone, however small, to use them.

The gift shop sells a wide selection of books, gifts and toys to suit all ages and pockets, mostly on the themes of Victorians, local interest, Wales and nature. You'll also find a range of cards from former Artists in Residence, who have created stunning images of the period rooms and a great range of colourful marbles and all sorts of traditional toys too – always keen to encourage the old-fashioned ways here!

New local history galleries with changing exhibitions - see website for full details of what's on.

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Guide Prices

Adults: £8.95
Children: £4.95
Concessions (OAP, Student, Benefits, NHS): £7.95
Family (2+3): £23.00
Registered disabled: £Free

Please Gift Aid your admission. It helps us hugely.

Recommend time to allow for your visit - at least one and a half hours.



  • Disabled access
  • Facilities for visually impaired


  • On-site light refreshments


  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups


  • French signs/guides
  • German signs/guides

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Presteigne town centre. Half way down Broad Street, from High Street end. Large yellow building on right. Has TIC signage outside as well as official Judge's Lodging plaque fixed on wall.

Public Transport Directions

Accessible by Public Transport: Knighton station is 6 miles away.

The Judge's Lodging

Type:Historic House

Broad Street, Presteigne, Powys, LD8 2AD

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Opening Times

July - September (1 July 2024 - 30 Sept 2024)
Tuesday - Sunday10:30 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:30 - 17:00
1st October - 31st October (1 Oct 2024 - 31 Oct 2024)

* Monday: Closed (except BHM)
Tuesday: 10.30am - 5.00pm
Wednesday: 10.30am - 5.00pm
Thursday: 10.30am - 5.00pm
Friday: 10.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday: 10.30am - 5.00pm
Sunday: 10.30am - 5.00pm
Additional Days:
Late Summer Holiday Monday (August 29th): 10.30am - 5.00pm

1st - 31st October 2022:
Wed - Saturday (plus extended hours in Autumn Half Term): 10.30am - 4.30pm (last entry 4pm)


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