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Invitation to View tours

In most cases, Invitation to View visitors are shown around by a member of the family or a guide with personal knowledge of the place. House owners aim to treat visitors as guests and, unlike traditional guided tours, there are no rope barriers and officious rules. The tours not only cover the property’s history, but also that of the families who have shaped the buildings and the landscape surrounding them. Owners will reveal secrets, ghosts and the skeletons in the family cupboards.

Tours are usually followed by refreshments and a chance to chat.

Tour dates

Select a tour from the list below or the calendar on the right, or by entering the date(s) in the Search boxes. You can also choose a tour by region, particular features or historical period using the ‘advanced search’ function.

Date/Time Property tour
Sun 26 Feb

3:00 pm
£15.00/£18.50

Talliston, Great Dunmow, Essex

Once an ordinary house in an ordinary street, Talliston House and Gardens have been transformed into a series of inspiring locations, each set in a different time and place. In 25 years, the project has taken a three-bedroomed, semi-detached ex-council house in Essex and transformed it into what The Sunday Times calls ‘Britain’s most extraordinary home.’

Wed 08 Mar

10:30 am
£18.00

Voewood Voewood, High Kelling, Norfolk

One of the finest Arts and Crafts houses in Britain, built by E.S. Prior for Percy Lloyd, 1903-5. 'By far the most interesting building in this part of Norfolk... a violently idiosyncratic house reminiscent of Gaudi,' says Pevsner.

Wed 08 Mar

2:00 pm
£15.00

Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Essex

See behind the scenes of a leading producing theatre. Visit includes a talk on its history and plans for the future. Tour of set-building workshop, costume and props department and set for current show (see below for details), will show how a production is staged.

Wed 08 Mar

2:30 pm
£18.00

Voewood Voewood, High Kelling, Norfolk

One of the finest Arts and Crafts houses in Britain, built by E.S. Prior for Percy Lloyd, 1903-5. 'By far the most interesting building in this part of Norfolk... a violently idiosyncratic house reminiscent of Gaudi,' says Pevsner.

Sat 11 Mar

10:30 am
£18.00

Warner Textile Archive Warner Textile Archive, Braintree, Essex

Situated in part of the original mid-nineteenth century mill buildings, the archive has nearly 100,000 samples, designs and documents showing the history of Warner & Sons.

Wed 15 Mar

11:30 am
£35.00

The Swan, Lavenham, Suffolk

A famous medieval inn in a famous medieval town. The Swan at Lavenham is an iconic timber-framed building, steeped in centuries of history. Dating back to the 15th century, the building has been adapted and developed into a luxury hotel and spa, while retaining its medieval charm.

Wed 15 Mar

2:30 pm
£14.00

Plas Dinam, Llandinam, Powys

Grade II listed Plas Dinam, in the village of Llandinam is the much loved family home to the fifth generation of descendants of the famous Victorian railway and mining entrepreneur David Davies. Designed and built by the renowned London based architect W E Nesfield in 1873-74.

Sun 19 Mar

2:00 pm
£16.00

West Stow Hall West Stow Hall, West Stow, Suffolk

The gatehouse and Hall may have been built by the last abbot of Bury St Edmunds about 1520 although more likely by John Croft a wealthy merchant. There was probably a moated house already on the site, the first documentary reference to it being from the middle 13th Century. The colonnade linking the gatehouse and main house was built in 1580.

Tue 21 Mar

2:00 pm
£18.00

Shilstone Shilstone House, Modbury, Devon

Shilstone is a lovingly restored Georgian house in the heart of the Devon countryside, overlooking an important historical landscape, which includes the only known and nationally important C17 water theatre in the UK.

Tue 21 Mar

2:30 pm
£18.50

Bressingham Hall, Bressingham, Diss, Norfolk

This Grade II listed country mansion and its companion High Barn have been lovingly restored to their elegant Regency origins by the Bloom family, which has just celebrated seven decades there. Surrounded by 17 acres of world famous gardens, often seen on TV, there is something for everyone through the seasons.

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