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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.

House Tours

The House Tour is perfect for those who have never visited before. The Special Tours vary and are for those who are interested in specialists’ insights or who have come before and want to dig deeper into the hidden layers of the house. The Bespoke Tour is a longer, more in-depth experience for those who would like to come as a private group of up to six people.

House Tour

Days
Thursdays and Saturdays
Times
9.30, 11.30, 13.30 and 15.30
Running time
1 hour 30 minutes
Cost
£14.50 (£16 with donation) per person
Booking
from 1 to 6 people per tour

Bespoke Tour

Day & time
by arrangement
Running time
2 hours 30 minutes
Cost
£80 per person
Refresh­ments
tea or coffee and cake included
Booking
groups of 4–6 people only

Special Tours

On Fridays we open the door to reveal more of the hidden gems of the house that are not seen on the usual House Tour. In the Secret Tour we open drawers, look behind cupboard doors and hear more of the stories gathered from family, friends and research. On the Specialist Tour you will be led by a professional in their field who will look specifically at certain aspects of the skills, art and craftwork.

Secret Tour

Days
second Friday of the month
Time
10:30am
Running time
2 hours 30 mins
Cost
£40 (£44 with donation) per person
Refresh­ments
tea or coffee and cake included
Booking
from 1 to 6 people per tour

Specialist Paint Tour

Wall Painting Conservation and Techniques

Days
selected Fridays in February, March, July and August
Time
10:30am
Running time
2 hours 30 mins
Cost
£40 (£44 with donation) per person
Refresh­ments
tea or coffee and cake included
Booking
from 1 to 6 people per tour

Group Visits

There are a variety of ways that you can visit as a group. Which format you choose is dependent on how much you would like to spend, the time that you would like to be with us, if you have a special interest in an aspect of the house and the number of people that are in your group.

Day & time
by arrangement
Running time
between 1 hour 30 minutes and 3 hours
Cost
dependent on type and length of visit
Refresh­ments
tea or coffee and cake
Booking
6 to 24 people

Basic Group Tours

This will suit groups who are conscious of cost but would like to visit on the same day during normal public opening hours.

Days
Thursdays and Saturdays
Running time
1 hour 30 minutes
Cost
£14.50 (£16 with donation) per person
Numbers
Up to 24 in individual groups of 6

Book online through The House Tour page and book out groups of 6 people.  Groups will have to arrive as a 6 at their allotted tour start time.

Out of Hours Group Tours

This will suit groups of up to 6 who wish to have the normal House Tour but visit on a specific day that is outside of our normal public opening.

Days
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and some Fridays
Running time
1 hour 30 minutes
Cost
£120 for up to 6 people
Numbers
Up to 6 on a tour with a max. of 4 tours a day

To book an Out of Hours group tour please contact: info@davidparrhouse.org

Bespoke Group Tours (7 – 12 people)

This will suit groups who wish to come as one group and spend the whole morning or afternoon with us. 

Days
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and some Fridays
Running time
3 hours
Cost
£360 including a talk, tour of the house and refreshments
Numbers
groups of 7 to 12 people

For bespoke groups we have crafted a choice of talks which we hope you’ll really enjoy. They take place in the relaxed environment of the Visitor Centre next door to the David Parr House at 184 Gwydir Street. 

An Introduction to F R Leach – for whom David Parr worked and who also worked with George Bodley, William Morris and other masters on Arts & Crafts and neo-Gothic decorative work around Cambridge and across the country.

Walking in the Footsteps of David Parr – a guided walk around the local area discovering the Mill Road of the 1880s to the 1920s.

The Conservation of the David Parr House – a talk about the various conservation skills involved in saving the house and opening it up to visitors.

To book a group Bespoke Group tour and to discuss your requirements with us please contact: info@davidparrhouse.org

Bespoke Group Tours (13 – 24 people)

Tour as above but your group will need to book both a morning and afternoon slot.

When not at the house groups can take our self-led tour round the centre of Cambridge discovering the work that still remains of the F R Leach firm, William Morris and George Bodley. 

Alternatively, we can put you in touch with a Blue Badge Guide who will give a tour of The Arts and Crafts Movement in Cambridge (there would be an additional cost for this that is paid to the tour guide)

To book a Bespoke Group tour and discuss your requirements with us please contact: info@davidparrhouse.org

Visitor Centre

Next door to the David Parr House, at No 184, is our Visitor Centre, where tours start and finish.

We were lucky enough, due to a private donation, to acquire the house next door. This gave us much needed space to create a gallery and display some of the items from the F R Leach & Sons archive and other objects connected with David Parr that could not be displayed in the house. We worked with Will Shannon, designer and maker, who took the ideas from the David Parr House and interpreted them in a contemporary way creating a space that is interesting in its own right and where the modern sits happily alongside the old.

We also made space for a small activity room where we can begin to hold temporary exhibitions and run workshops. We are just at the beginning of this side to the project so be patient with us and sign up to the newsletter if you would like to see our ideas unfolding over the coming years.

‘Where ever I lay my hat, that’s my home’

Getting Here

Please note that all tours must be pre-booked. We have no ticket office and we are only open by appointment or for booked tours.

The David Parr House is on a residential street a short walk from Cambridge Station. 

Address: 184/186 Gwydir Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LW. 

Please knock at 184 Gwydir Street before your tour. Booking is essential. Tours are limited.

Find out more here.

Our Neighbourhood: Mill Road

David Parr House is in the thriving Mill Road area of Cambridge, known for its independent cafes, restaurants and shops.

We are located opposite Dale’s Brewery which houses two antique shops –
The Cambridge Antique Centre and The Hive – and Hot Numbers café (named after a much-loved Cambridge record shop) which offers coffee and cakes, all locally made, as well as breakfast and light lunches. There are also some good pubs for both food and drink on Gwydir Street. The Alex, 22 Gwydir Street and The Cambridge Blue, 85 – 87 Gwydir Street.

Mill Road has many other places to rest and eat or to browse around. Here are our volunteers favourites:

TO LOOK AROUND

Mill Road Cemetery, where David Parr is buried, is a short walk along Mill Road. A Victorian Garden Cemetery it is a beautiful place to stroll through as was the intention of those who designed it all those years ago.
Cambridge Central Mosque, a stunning piece of new architecture in the Romsey Town end of Mill Road (over the bridge). Hour long tours every Saturday 10.00 and 11.30.

TO EAT AT

Tom’s Cakes, lots of delicious cakes but also light lunches and breakfasts. 32 Mill Road, Monday – Saturday 9.00 – 18.00 Sunday 10.00 – 16.00
Noodles Plus+, does what its name suggests plus more. There can be queues at weekends as it is so popular. 24 Mill Road, Monday – Sunday 11.30 – 21.30
Tu Casa Tapas, no website but worth a trip to sit with friends to share delicious dish’s. 8 Mill Road, Monday – Friday 17.00 – 23.00, Saturday 12.00 – 23.00
The Geldart Pub, a short walk away from Mill Road down the terrace lined streets is this pub. 1 Ainsworth Street, closed Monday, Food served Tuesday – Friday 18.00 – 23.00, Saturday & Sunday 12.00 – 14.30 & 18.00 – 21.00

TO BROWSE IN

Amnesty Bookshop, 4 Mill Road, Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 17.30
Sally Ann Charity Shop, (formally of Mill Road and now just around the corner) 5 Tenison Road Monday – Friday 9.30 – 17.00, Saturday 10.00 – 13.00
Al Amin, an ethical and community focused grocery store, 100a Mill Road
Arjuna, a health food shop with heritage whose founder lived next door to the David Parr House in the 1970’s. 12 Mill Road, Monday – Saturday 9.30 – 18.00

The Mill Road area has a rich and fascinating history. Find out more on Capturing Cambridge.

Around Cambridge

Cambridge City offers wonderful historic buildings, a thriving cultural and artistic scene, exquisite large and small museums, beautiful walks, punting along the river and much more. Below are some of our volunteer’s favourite places to go, see, do or eat at:

TO LOOK AROUND

Museum of Cambridge, ‘a hidden gem – both the building and the collection’.
Scott Polar Museum, ‘small but perfectly formed museum often overlooked & with space for changing exhibitions’.
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, ‘you go around the world in one single building’.
Whipple Museum, ‘shows the beauty of scientific instruments and all that they did and do for us’.
Kettles Yard, ‘serene and restful as is St Peter’s church next door’
Museum of Technology, ‘where you can see how the much the Victorians cared for and were proud of their infrastructure through the beauty they lavished on something as humble as a pumping station’.

Emmanuel College Grounds and Chapel, ‘it is amazing what you can find behind the high walls’.
Downing College and the Heong Gallery, ‘a new gallery architecturally beautiful and has a program of temporary exhibitions’

Botanical Gardens, ‘has so much to see at any time of year and if it rains or is cold you can always dry off or warm up in the amazing greenhouses’.

TO EAT AT

Michaelhouse Cafe, Coffee, Tea, cakes and lunch plus ‘you will be sitting under F R Leach & Sons stained glass’
Indigo Cafe, ‘larger than it looks as it has an upstairs and friendly’
The Pint Shop, ‘good food & beer tho’ also wine & non-alcohol’
Jack’s Gelato, ‘ a must (even for non-icecream fans like me)’

TO BROWSE IN

The Haunted Bookshop and David’s, two wonderful seondhand bookshops, ‘more or less opposite each other’, just off the Market Square in St Edwards Passage

SOMETHING FUN

Dinky Doors, something unusual is popping up around Cambridge and you have to look hard to spot them