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.
General tours are now booked until the end of August. Booking for the autumn months opens in March.
The house has been saved by a dedicated team of workers, volunteers and generous donors. Now we are crafting its future. As an independent the only way for us to continue to open the house and share its stories is by creating an endowment to pay staff to work with visitors, volunteers and our community. Donate now.
Become a member or patron and join a community of supporters enjoying behind the scenes access, the latest research and special social events.
As one of only 11 institutions to receive match funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund until May 2021 every gift is doubled. Help us to share the stories of the house, forever.
Make new friends, learn a skill, take part in research and contribute to the growing community around the David Parr House.
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.
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