"D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre & Birthplace Museum" Eastwood Things to Do Tip by Beestonia
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A really worthwhile visit for everyone interested in the author of 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' and Nottinghamshire's mining heritage.
The house he was born in has been lovingly restored and really knowledgeable guides give you a tour of the house. During the week its free of charge for everyone, at the weekend there is a small admission charge (£1.95 for an adult and £1.15 for a child or concession). The tour lasts about an hour, but can really be tailored around your needs (if you're short of time / very interested or interested in something in particular). The staff are really friendly Lawrence enthusiasts who had answers to nearly all of my questions.
You are allowed to go around on your own, but as there are no explanation panels it will make the visit much less interesting.
The Heritage Centre then is just a 5 mins. walk down the road. (You can of course also take the car as there is ample parking). To get there you just follow the blue line that is painted on the pavement. Apart from leading you to the Heritage Centre it also connects all the other sites connected with Lawrence in Eastwood (f.i. the 'Breach House', another house he lived in and also the setting for the novel 'Sons and Lovers'. It's privately owned and the upper floor is let out as a holiday cottage, the lower is a museum, but only open on special occasions, such as the heritage open days).
The Heritage Centre houses a social exhibition on Lawrence, the area and its mining heritage; the Rainbow Gallery (has changing exhibitions from local artists: painters, photographers), there are often photographic exhibitions in the seminar rooms; the 'Rocking Horse Bistro' serves delicious food at affordable prices. The chef and owner also makes rocking horses himself and has a few of them in the bistro.
The D.H. Lawrence Festival is every year during August / September. The numerous events are made up of walks around the areas where Lawrence's books are set, talks and reading groups on specific works and aspects (led by real experts, like Peter Preston, the founder of the D.H. Lawrence Research Centre at Nottingham University and Sean Matthews its current Director), writing workshops, children's events, mining heritage events, ......
Address: Mansfield Road, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire,NG16 3DZ
Directions: Eastwood is 8 miles (13 km) northwest of Nottingham. Follow brown signs.
Bus from Nottingham, Line: Rainbow 1, & 3 minute walk. Every 10 mins. Monday - Saturday daytime, Sundays every 30 mins. For buses from other places call the trainline: 0871 200 2233
Phone: 01773 717 353