About Bantock House and Park
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful” – William Morris
Bantock House Museum is a Grade II listed building set in 48 acres of lovely parkland and home to a museum of Edwardian life and Wolverhampton history. It is a great place to wander around and soak up the Arts and Crafts movement which influenced much of its interior design.
The house has displays exploring the lives of the Bantock family, who gave it to the people of Wolverhampton, as well as local history exhibitions, click on our events, exhibitions and collections pages to find out more.
We pride ourselves on being a friendly attraction where our visitors can really enjoy the house and its gardens - so feel free to sit on our chairs and sofas and make yourself at home whatever the weather or the purpose for your visit.
Bantock House Museum was once the Wolverhampton home of first Thomas and Mary Bantock and then their son and his wife, Baldwin and Kitty Bantock.
A successful railway and canal agent, Scottish-born Thomas Bantock moved into what was then called New Merridale Farm in 1864.
Thomas became Mayor of Wolverhampton, as did his son, Baldwin, who left the property to his wife, Kitty, when he died in 1938, on the understanding that she bequeathed it to the town. She outlived him by 16 years, yet generously gave the house and park to Wolverhampton in 1938.
Having been a base for the local Home Guard during World War II, come peacetime, Wolverhampton Corporation turned the property into a museum, and the newly named Bantock House Museum opened in April 1948.
A keen gardener, Baldwin transformed the farmyard into the charming sunken Dutch Garden and planted the Rose Garden, as well as creating the colourful flower borders and Woodland Garden, which now forms part of the park’s nature trail.