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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.

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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
Sat 18 Aug

1:00 pm
£18.00

Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, Essex

Described by Historic England as the ‘most important site for the history of explosives in Europe’ this remarkable and beautiful landscape chronicles the development of explosives, propellants and finally rocket motors and fuels from the Civil War to the Cold War, including rare surviving WW1 factory buildings, and intriguing structures and earthworks.

Mon 20 Aug

10:00 am
£18.00

Combermere Abbey, Whitchurch, Shropshire

Combermere Abbey, with its large mere and 1,000-acre parkland, celebrates almost 900 years of history. The Cistercian monastery established in 1133 was dissolved in 1536, and the Tudor manor house created for the Cotton family included the Abbots Lodge.

Tue 21 Aug

11:00 am
£13.00

Morton Hall Gardens, Holberrow Green, Redditch, Worcestershire

One of Worcestershire’s best kept secrets. Perched atop an escarpment with breathtaking views, lies a garden of outstanding beauty. A garden for all seasons, it features one of the country’s largest fritillary meadows, sumptuous herbaceous borders, a striking potager, a majestic woodland rockery and an elegant Japanese Stroll Garden.

Tue 21 Aug

2:00 pm
£35.00

Bridwell Park, Uffculme, Devon

This elegant Georgian house set in 100 acres of parkland boasts magnificent views across the Culm Valley in Devon, and is the much-loved family home of Lord Ivar Mountbatten.

Tue 21 Aug

2:30 pm
£15.50, December tour £17.00

Otley Hall Otley Hall, Ipswich, Suffolk

Grade I, C16 moated hall, still a family home, is a perfect example of unspoilt late medieval architecture. According to Farrer (Old Suffolk Houses, Vol. 6), the impressive great hall and linenfold parlour, which look out onto the rose garden, are unequalled in Suffolk.

Wed 22 Aug

2:30 am
£23.00

Belle Grove Belle Grove, Westhall, Suffolk

Extraordinary, memorable house which won the 2011 Homebuilding and Renovating award. ‘Out of a fairy tale,’ said Daily Telegraph spying a 20-foot fierce metal dragon poised on the chimney.

Thu 23 Aug

2:30 pm
£17.00

Kirstead Hall, Norwich, Norfolk

A fine Grade I listed Elizabethan manor house circa 1560 of E-shaped plan with stepped Flemish gable ends, brickwork with attractive blue diaper decoration and pin-tiled roof, standing in four acres. The gardens are partly walled with an important Grade II* octagonal dovecote in the grounds.

Sat 25 Aug

2:00 pm
£15.00

Hartsheath, Pontblyddyn, Mold, Flintshire

Hartsheath is a Grade II* country house in neo-classical style, set in a 19th century landscape park. The house dates to the early 18th century, though it was heavily rebuilt in the early 19th century.

Sun 26 Aug

12:00 pm
£16.50/special tours £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.’

Sun 26 Aug

3:00 pm
£16.50/special tours £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.’

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