The David Parr House is an ordinary Cambridge terraced house containing an extraordinary secret world – an Arts & Crafts worker’s home with many stories to tell.
Booking is open now for tours starting 16th May 2019.
The opening of the David Parr House has only been possible thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers, supporters and donors who have worked tirelessly to reveal the hidden world of the house. There is a thriving community at 186 Gwydir Street. Do get involved.
Make new friends, learn a skill, take part in research and contribute to the growing community around the David Parr House.
The house has been saved, help craft its future. Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund every £1 donated with Gift Aid becomes £2.50 and your whole gift to the David Parr House goes towards sharing its stories.
Become a member or patron and join a community of supporters enjoying behind the scenes access, the latest research and special social events.
For years the David Parr House at 186 Gwydir Street has been one of Cambridge’s best kept secrets. Join us and find out why.
Book up for one of our limited house tours to experience a colourful world full of art, family stories and mid-20th century memorabilia. Perfect for anyone interested in art, crafts, social history or simply looking for something inspirational and different to do, our intimate tours are just one way to get involved. Further your own skills in workshops next-door in our Visitor Centre, learn more about Cambridge’s Arts & Crafts and neo-Gothic history or join our growing community as we seek to secure our future.
We have some Special Tours and Events that will run every so often during the year. Special tours are led by specialists in their field and give you a more in depth understanding of aspects of the David Parr House. Events may be workshops, talks, exhibitions or other ideas yet to be thought of. Do come and join us.
Wall Painting Conservation and Techniques
From the moment that Tamsin first saw the house and spoke to Elsie in 2009 she knew she had stumbled upon something special. How could such a house be saved?
"A modest terrace house at 186 Gwydir Street, Cambridge preserves an extraordinary series of interiors."
"The David Parr House in Britain is a sort of time capsule..."
The New York Times