VISITORS have the chance to soak in the spooky atmosphere of Worcester's museums and delve a little more deeply into their secrets during a series of night tours.

Museums at Night by Culture 24 is the biannual after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage, which sees hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites over the UK open their doors in the evening. Worcester has three venues opening their doors on Friday, May 19 - Tudor House, Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum and the old Infirmary.

Visitors will have a chance to explore the cellars and attics of the 16th century, grade II listed Tudor House Museum in Friar Street, Worcester and view the secret architectural features ordinarily hidden from view during 'Hidden Spaces, Secret Places'.

The tour starts at 7.30pm and lasts about an hour. Tickets are £8 each and include refreshments. Due to the nature of the tour, visitors do need to be able to manage stairs.

Museum manager, Tonia Collett, said: “People often ask what’s in the cellar or how big the attics are, and this is their chance to find out."

Museum after Hours at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum in Foregate Street will take place on select Fridays in May, June and July, starting on Friday, May 19.

The art gallery and museum will reopen from 5.30pm until 8pm with the aim of attracting visitors to enjoy live music, poetry, food and drink, as well as art.

On Friday, May 19 visitors will be entertained by live music from Fiddlebop who play hot jazz swing with gypsy zing and poetry from Worcestershire poet Ruth Stacey.

The popular David Cox and his Contemporaries exhibition will be open, celebrating the life, work and influence of one of the West Midland's greatest painters and featuring works from the British Museum by Constable and Turner.

The Balcony Café will be serving tapas and sharing platters (last orders 7.30pm) and drinks can be purchased from the bar.

No booking is required. Visitors can just drop in between 5.30 and 8pm.

'The Infirmary – Museum of Lies' aims to provide a 'tour with a twist' as visitors try to distinguish fact from fiction.

Tours are free and will be about 40 minutes.

Tickets for the Tudor House event can be booked at

At the Infirmary a glass of juice or wine will be available before tours start. Places can be secured at for the tours at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm.

For more information please visit

or call the Art Gallery and Museum on 01905 25371.