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Keith Harding's World of Mechanical Music, Northleach

Keith Harding's World of Mechanical Music

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Keith Harding's World of Mechanical Music, Northleach

Keith Harding's World of Mechanical Music is a living museum of the extraordinary variety of self-playing musical instruments and automata which were the pride and joy of our Great Grandparents, and the only kind of "canned" musical entertainment available in the home before regular broadcasting started up in 1924.

Welcome to Keith Harding's World of Mechanical Music

Keith Harding's World of Mechanical MusicWelcome to The World of Mechanical Music, a special place in the heart of England noted for traditional standards of British craftsmanship and hospitality.

Here, in a period setting in the beautiful Cotswolds, is a unique collection of self-playing musical instruments presented as a live entertainment.

Here are also what has been described as “the best gift shop in the Cotswolds”, and the world famous restoration workshops, which serve discerning collectors from all over the world.

All the instruments are maintained in the most perfect possible order in our world-famous workshops on the premises, and introduced and played by our well informed guides in the form of a live entertainment.


Since 1961, we have pioneered the quality restoration of musical boxes and clocks, and we now have more than forty years experience in this highly specialised craft. There is no better place to bring your treasures for a dose of tender loving care. Read all about it, and make an appointment if you would like a free estimate given entirely without obligation.


Our musical boxes, antique and new, are internationally renowned for the exceptionally high quality of their appearance and their musical performance. We also have clocks, automata and other items.


Our "Magic Musicals" gift shop has been described as "the best gift shop in the Cotswolds", so if you want a souvenir of your visit, or that special present for a loved one, we can help you. We have perhaps the finest selection of musicals and automata Antique and Modern to be found anywhere, and much more, ranging in price from a few pence to a many pounds... Take a trip down memory lane, and enjoy a feast of nostalgia.

We also have a large Stock of fine antique musical boxes, probably the best selection you will find anywhere.


The museum houses an amazing variety of self playing instruments and automata that might have been found in the home before regular broadcasting started in 1924, all in superb condition, and presented as a live entertainment by our well-informed guides. Many of the items are for sale, as this is a constantly changing collection. Open all the year round, seven days a week - Except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

World Of Mechanical Music - Contact Details

Keith Hardings World of Mechanical Music,
The Oak House,
High Street, Northleach,
Phone: +44 (0)1451 860181
Fax: +44 (0)1451 861133

Admission charges are adults £8, seniors £7, Children £3.50, family ticket (2 adults 2 children) £19. Entry to shop is free.

Open every day 1000 - 1800 hrs, except Xmas and Boxing day


Much of the text on this page has been reproduced with the kind permission of Keith Harding

Page last updated 04/03/2014 17:42:46

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