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The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

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£4.70 per child

£7.00 per adult

81 - 83 High Street,
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire,
HP16 0AL

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Key Features

  • Sit in Roald Dahl’s writing chair
  • Explore the cockpit of a WWII Gladiator
  • Free craft activities

This great little award-winning Museum is aimed at 6 to 12 year-olds and their families  and is situated in Roald Dahl’s home village of Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire.

The Museum has three fun and fact-packed interactive galleries, along with a craft room, café and shop. The hands-on exhibits and displays, including the interior of Roald Dahl’s actual Writing Hut, allow visitors to explore the ‘stories behind the stories’ – Roald Dahl’s real-life experiences which inspired the books.

The Story Centre gallery offers all sorts of fantabulous creative displays and activities to get involved with. – all aimed at sparking imaginations and enthusiasm for word play, stories and creative writing.

Sit in Roald Dahl’s Writing Chair, dress up as a Roald Dahl character, make your own stop-frame animation film, explore the cockpit of a WWII Gladiator like the one Roald Dahl flew and test your spark-factor on the Sparkometer.

In the school holidays and at weekends, an exciting range of workshops, events and free storytelling sessions take place.

This World Book Day why not join us to celebrate ‘Matilda at Thirty’.

An exhibition of new Quentin Blake illustrations opening on World Book Day 7 March.

Wrestling champion, world traveller, astrophysicist? To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the publication of Roald Dahl’s much-loved story about a brave little girl who loves books and hates bullies, (particularly her horrid headmistress Miss Trunchbull), Quentin Blake was asked to imagine what Matilda would have become as an adult.

Come and see Quentin Blake’s eight new versions of grown-up Matilda, each inspired by one of the extraordinary talents she displays in the story. Alongside these, we’ll have prints of the original Matilda illustrations from the book.

Imagine what Matilda might be doing now, share your own dreams and aspirations for the future with us and explore Matilda’s talents in snippets from the original manuscript. Matilda shows us that no matter how small and powerless you feel, it’s possible to stand up for what you believe in, change your circumstances for the better and write your own story!

This World Book Day, Matilda features on the £1 voucher given out to 15 million children across the UK and Ireland. Find all the details at

When you visit the Museum, you can exchange your voucher for one of the World Book Day special editions including titles by Malorie Blackman, Lauren Child and
Rick Riordan.

Child’s age: 

Children are aged 5 – 18 years old.

Family tickets are available for £22.50.

All tickets include re-entry for 12 months!

Opening times:

Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm

Closed most Mondays  except the following Mondays in 2018: Monday 12 February, Monday 2 April, Monday 7 May, Monday 28 May, Monday 27 August, Monday 22 October.

Nearest train station:

We recommend visitors travel to us by train! Great Missenden is served by a good train service direct from London Marylebone with two trains per hour. The journey takes 45 minutes and it’s a quick and easy walk from the station to the Museum. See the Chiltern Railways website for an up-to-date timetable and details of engineering works which may affect the line. Take advantage of the 2for1 ticket offer from Chiltern Railways.

Car parking:

The Museum is situated on the historic High Street of Great Missenden, so there is no on-site parking and there is limited parking in the village. Please allow plenty of time for your journey. There is a pay and display car park on Link Road, less than 5 minutes walk away at HP16 9AE. Visit the Chiltern District website for details about parking charges. Weekend visitors may use the station car park at HP16 9AZ. If parking anywhere else in the village, please park only in designated parking spaces and be aware of any time restrictions.

Details are correct at time of publishing.

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