Explore the house and gardens of a celebrated Victorian writer

Richard Jefferies was a Victorian nature writer with a passion for the English countryside and the richness that he saw all around him. He was born at the house which is now the museum, in Coate, Swindon, on the 6th November 1848, and died at the tragically early age of 38 on 14th August 1887.

Noted for his depiction of English rural life in essays, books of natural history, and novels, his childhood at Coate had a great influence on him and provides the background to all his major works of fiction.

The museum consists of a seventeenth century thatched cottage bought by the Jefferies family in 1800, a later, nineteenth century three-storied farmhouse, plus outbuildings, gardens, a copse, orchard and vegetable gardens. The site is run by the Richard Jefferies Museum Trust and is fully accredited by Arts Council England.

Where the Museum also excels is in the varied range of activities it puts on from ‘Nature Tots’, term-time activities for toddlers 0-5 years to ‘Chip ‘n’ Chatter’, stone carving for adults of all levels, ‘Art for the Creatively Terrified’, art for adults who fancy having a go, and ‘Lazy Summer Sundays’, live music and cream teas.

Ticket Prices

General admission to the museum is FREE.


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Richard Jefferies Museum
Marlborough Road

Tel: 01793 979224

Opening Times

10:30 - 12:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays
10:00 - 16:00 Second Wednesday of each month
13:00 - 17:00 Every Sunday (from the beginning of May to end of Sept)