Wardown House, Museum and Gallery


Old Bedford Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 7HA

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More than a museum. Who said time travel wasn’t real?

Welcome to a wealthy family home in the Victorian era. Explore the rooms and let the house tell you its story! Wardown House, Museum and Gallery is a Grade II listed building situated in the beautiful grounds of Wardown Park. Formerly the home of the Scargill family, then a World War I military hospital, the house is now a museum. But not just any museum, this house transports you back in time, to a Victorian family home. Every room tells a story, with interactive displays, a treasure trove of local curiosities and the largest hat industry and headwear collection in the UK!

Our Morning Room art gallery displays inspiring exhibitions throughout the year and our Dining Room café, overlooking Wardown Park, serves up the most delicious coffee and cake. You can even treat yourself to an Afternoon Tea! 

We have two free car parks on site, one can be accessed via Old Bedford Road and the other via New Bedford Road. During the winter months, we recommend you use New Bedford Road, as the lighting is much better suited for darker conditions.

Guide Prices

FREE. Donations are welcomed
We charge for some events and activities.



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments


  • Baby changing facilities


  • Education/study area
  • Guided tours for groups


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • WiFi or internet access

Target Markets

  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Car

One mile from Luton Town Centre along A6 towards Bedford. Free parking areas are available on site, one can be accessed from Old Bedford Road and the other from New Bedford Road.

Customer notice: during the winter months, we advise customers attending evening performances to park in the car park on New Bedford Road, opposite the entrance of the museum, since the lighting is better for the darker conditions. 

Public Transport Directions


The site is approximately 1 mile from Luton station. It’s a lovely walk on a summer’s day, but if you’d prefer to travel via cab, a taxi rank is located directly outside Luton station.


Hop aboard any of these buses from Luton Town Centre: 35, 41, 79, 81, 757, 755, 828, 829, 24, 24H, 25 and 26


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