Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens

Opening times

Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens are open from 9.30am to 3.30pm (last entry 3.00pm) every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


Free entry


Harlow Museum

Harlow Museum

There is free car and cycle parking available on site.


The museum is located in the Mark Hall area of Harlow and its collections are housed within the stable block of the former Mark Hall Manor - visited on three occasions by Queen Elizabeth I.

Since its temporary closure during 2020, the museum has reopened with new exhibits. The ‘Movers and Shapers: the Harlow Makers’ gallery focuses on individuals who have made a difference in Harlow and beyond, while the ‘New Town’ gallery explores Harlow post WWII to more recent years.

The John Collins Cycle Collection includes everything from one of the first bicycles made in England to the iconic Raleigh Chopper - and everything in between!

The site is also home to the beautiful 17th century walled gardens, which earned a Green Flag Award in 2020 and make a perfect picnic spot in the spring and summer. Fresh interpretation boards give information about the unique planting schemes, and safe open spaces are ideal for community activities.

The museum’s study centre provides archive materials, newspaper records from the 1950s, maps, drawings, oral histories, local photographs and parish records (in partnership with Essex Record Office) and is available via appointment.

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The Museum and Walled Gardens play host to many events throughout the year. From family workshops and young explorer kits, to talks, films and festivals – there’s something for everyone.

For schools and groups, we offer loan boxes, site visits with accompanying curriculum-based activities, and outreach activities. If you are interested in these activities for your group, please contact harlow.museum@harlow.gov.uk or call 01279 446222.

Playcation 2021

Playcation 2021 runs from Thursday 22 July to Saturday 28 August. We are running exciting creative activities every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, suitable for the whole family.

Join us for Joyful July and let your imagination run wild in our pop-up Painting Pod. Take inspiration from your favourite object in the Museum and add your design to our giant mural.

Get involved in Awesome August. Each week sees a different exciting theme come to life through artist-led workshops, self-led activities and grab-and-go craft bags. Unleash your inner storyteller in Glorious Stories, design unique creations in Funky Fashion, connect with nature in our Secret Garden or construct sensational sculptures for our Sculpture Culture. The choice is yours!

Events are free, with donations welcomed. Booking is advised for some events. You can view the full Playcation 2021 programme


The museum and the gardens are both suitable for visitors in wheelchairs and we have disabled restroom facilities. Please note that some pathways in the gardens are shingle surfaced.

Disabled car parking is available.

We welcome dogs on leads in the gardens.


We provide an insight into Harlow’s history and future by caring for its collections and gardens. We welcome anyone who has the same passion and would like to contribute to Harlow’s heritage.

Our dedicated volunteers carry out a huge variety of interesting tasks inside the Museum. From welcoming visitors to assisting with exhibition research and displays, there’s always something new and exciting to get involved with.

There are year-round opportunities to get involved with gardening and horticulture in the walled gardens, helping maintain a serene surrounding for the museum and beautiful outdoor space for Harlow.

If you are interested in joining or would like more information, email harlow.museum@harlow.gov.uk

Contact information

Harlow Museum
Muskham Road
CM20 2LF
01279 446222