In & Around Ware

For those interested in learning about out towns history Ware Museum is the place to start.  It is run by friendly and knowledgeable volunteers who will be happy to help you discover our past.  The museum also incorporates the Tourist Information Point (TIP) where you will find brochures and information about nearby places of interest.

Ware Priory, at the end of the High Street behind the Museum, dates back to the early 14th century.  It was originally an Oratory (a place of worship) of a group of Franciscan monks (Ware Greyfriars) and has been used as a family home, a temporary hospital and is now the offices of the Trustees, Ware Town Council.  The Priory building and part of the seven acre grounds are listed as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.  Situated on the banks of the River Lea it is a great place to stroll and relax.

The Grade I listed Place House Hall in Bluecoats Yard, dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries. It was the original Manor House and is now used as a public space and residences.

Scott’s Grotto is a series of interconnected chambers, extending some 67 feet into the chalk hillside. It is rumoured to have cost £10,000 when it was built in the mid-18th century, and is thought to have taken 30 years to complete. The chambers and tunnels are lined with shells, flints and pieces of coloured glass. A fascinating and unusual place to visit.