Holst Birthplace Museum

Lonely Planet review

The composer Gustav Holst was born in Cheltenham in 1874, and his childhood home has been turned into a museum celebrating his life and work. The rooms are laid out in typical period fashion and feature many of Holst’s personal possessions, including the piano on which most of The Planets was composed, as well as photos of the notoriously camera-shy composer. The Victorian kitchen and other exhibits give you a good idea of what life was like ‘below stairs’.