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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. Over 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.’

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Each room or garden has a rich story, its own smells and sounds and incorporates 1,821 objects from 27 different countries – all combining to create a truly magical whole. If you’ve fallen in love with a Grimm’s fairy tale, delighted over Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or dreamed of flying with Peter Pan to Neverland, you’ve arrived at the right doorway.

Tour features

A full guided tour of the house and gardens by a member of the creative team, room by room, mapping out the labyrinth of the property and exploring each of the locations.

Candlelit tours on 29 January, 26 February, 26 March and 26 November. Halloween ghost tour £18.50 including light supper on 29 October. Christmas candlelit tour £18.50 including festive food and drink on 17 December.


I am utterly lost for words at the enormity and complexity of Talliston. The attention to detail leaves me almost breathless. Talliston is astounding, breathtaking and completely indescribable. I shall be urging all those I speak to to visit.


From the M11, take the A120 and turn off at the Great Dunmow exit (watch for Ancient Flitch Town brown tourist signs). Go over three small roundabouts and at the fourth, turn left into Dunmow. Almost straight away, you will see the Queen Victoria pub on your right where the tours begin. We will send a parking plan a week before the event.

For the Invitation to View events, we will be starting your tour outside The Queen Victoria, a public house 1 minute’s walk from the house (The Queen Victoria, 79 Stortford Road, Dunmow, Essex CM6 1DL). This aids parking and allows for people to gather if wet.

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Useful information

Price £16.50/special tours £18.50
Duration 2.5 hours

Tea, coffee and cake. Tour in October includes light supper. Tour in December includes festive food and drink.

Special restrictions

No large bags, high-heeled shoes/stilettos, no dogs. Because our properties are fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.

Disabled access

Unfortunately there is no access for disabled.

Tour dates

Date Time Availability
Sun 16 Dec 3:00 pm Fully booked


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