Moot Hall and its collection

Moot Hall

Moot Hall is a unique 15th century building - being the only known courtroom, built by a nunnery, that incorporates six shops and a guest lodge. Throughout the 19th century, it housed a National school and evening classes. The Elstow Bunyan Meeting operated a large daytime Sunday school and, in the evenings, held their services of worship. The building, which is a scheduled Ancient Monument, was fully restored in 1950 for the Festival of Britain and opened in 1951 as a museum of 17th century life, dedicated to the world-famous author and non-conformist preacher John Bunyan. Moot Hall stands on Elstow village green, a nice place for a picnic, or there are nearby facilities for tea and cakes or meals - see the Moot Hall website for more information.

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Moot Hall
Elstow Green, Church End
Elstow, Bedford, UK
MK42 9XT Elstow

Visitor information Moot Hall

Opening hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
13:00 – 16:00
Sunday Closed

We open on Saturday and bank holidsy Monday afternoons from the beginning of April to the end of October. We will also open on any other day of the year by appointment, provided one of our volunteer staff is a available.


There is no admission fee but we ask that, when leaving, you make a donation that reflects how you got out of your visit.
There is a charge for opening up for organised group visits.


Wheelchair accessible
Museum shop
Audio tour

Location & Map

Elstow Green, Church End, Elstow

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