The Ancient High House is one of the finest Tudor buildings in the country. Once dominating the skyline of Stafford, it is the largest remaining timber framed town house in England.

Built in around 1595 for the wealthy Dorrington family, the ornate timber framed building is reputed to be the largest surviving timber framed town house in England from the Tudor period.

In 1986 the house opened as a museum and now provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the people who have lived there over the centuries.

An exciting programme of exhibitions by regional artists takes place in two gallery spaces and a changing history exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to view a range of artefacts not generally on public display.

There is a school and group tour programme and occasional themed tours, talks and workshops to support our history exhibitions. Throughout the year we have an exciting range of events, activities and workshops that bring added colour and bustle to the rooms.

Our ground floor shop offers a wide range of gifts, souvenirs, traditional toys and local crafts. And we stock an extensive range of local history books.

With hands on activities, children's games and quizzes there is something for all the family.

In response to the government guidelines announced recently, Stafford Museums will be closed to the general public from 4pm today Wednesday 18th March 2020.  This will include the Ancient High House, Stafford Castle Visitor Centre and Izaac Walton Cottage.  

As soon as we have more information on specific events we will update you.  We will be monitoring Public Health England and Government advice over the coming weeks and will update you of any changes.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Stafford Museums very soon and thank you for your patience in these unprecedented times