The Black and White House Museum

The Black and White House is a remarkably well preserved example of a 17th Century timber-framed building and is situated in the heart of Hereford, surrounded by the commercial centre of the city. It is a startling sight, standing as the sole reminder of times-gone-by in the middle of a modern shopping precinct.

Built in 1621, the house has been used for many purposes over the years, starting life as a butcher's home and shop and finishing its commercial life in the hands of Lloyds Bank in the late 1920s. Since 1929 it has been a fascinating museum giving an insight into daily life in Jacobean times. It is furnished in period style with an internationally important collection of English oak furniture and there are interesting pieces in every room. Of particular interest to many visitors are the rare wall-paintings, the four-poster bed and the baby-walkers.

There are hands-on activities for children including replica clothing and puzzles.

For those unable to climb the stairs, a virtual tour is situated on the fully-accessible ground floor. There are also Braille and tactile images for the blind and visually impaired.

Please note parking is available close by. Take a look at the council car parks page. There are public toilet facilities nearby, but not on site.

Opening times

Please note: The upper floors of the museum will be closed from 14 November 2018 for approximately three weeks to allow for urgent conservation work on our wall paintings. The ground floor and the shop will remain open and will be free to visit.

Christmas opening: The House will be closed from Sunday 23 December to Wednesday 26 December and on Tuesday 1 January. Otherwise we will be open as normal during the Christmas period.

  • Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
  • Sundays: 11.30am to 2.30pm

Admission charges

  • Adults £2.50
  • Children £1.50 (under 5s free)
  • Family ticket £7.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children)
  • Access to ground floor only £1.50
  • Adult annual pass £7.50
  • Child annual pass £4.50
  • Family annual access £22.50

Telephone: 01432 260694