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 24 Mar

2:30 pm
£19.00; festive tours in December £25

Pitchford Hall & Tree House, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Described as Britain’s finest half-timbered house, Pitchford Hall was owned by the Colthurst family for more than 500 years before being sold in 1992. Now on the ‘at Risk’ register, the house has been bought back by Rowena Colthurst and her husband, who are embarking on the massive task of saving it, following 25 years of neglect.

Sun 25 Mar

2:00 pm

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. The colonnade linking the gatehouse and main house was built in 1580.

Sun 25 Mar

2:30 pm
Afternoon tours £17, Easter tour £18, lunch tours £27, Christmas tour £75

Parsonage Farm, Albury, Hertfordshire

Late medieval/early Tudor timber-framed farmhouse with original inglenook fireplace, signed late 16th century glass window and original beams throughout. Unique collection of authentic late medieval, Tudor, Elizabethan and Stuart furniture throughout the house.

Sun 25 Mar

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.’

Mon 26 Mar

10:30 am

Tissington Hall Tissington Hall, Tissington, Derbyshire

Built in 1609 by Francis FitzHerbert whose family still lives here. The main part of the building houses the main hall, the dining room, two state drawing rooms and various associated rooms around its centre with the hall facing due east.

Thu 29 Mar

2:30 pm

Wolterton Hall, Aylsham, Norfolk

Built in the 1720s by Thomas Ripley for politician Horatio Walpole, brother of Britain’s first prime minister, Sir Robert. Purchased from the Walpole family in 2016, the property is now privately owned. Currently undergoing major refurbishment, this is an extraordinary opportunity to visit an important, historic estate.

Thu 29 Mar

3:00 pm

Netherhall Manor Netherhall Manor, Ely, Cambridgeshire

One-acre walled garden filled with old-fashioned flowers. Tours by the expert owner and garden writer.
April: Tudor primroses, old varieties of hyacinths, daffodils, crown imperials; Late April/May: Old-English florists' tulips; Late July/August: Victorian gold and silver tri-coloured pelargoniums, heliotrope, calceolaria and pompom dahlias.

Mon 02 Apr

2:00 pm

South Elmham Hall South Elmham Hall, Harleston, Suffolk

South Elmham Hall is a 13th century former bishop's palace standing within a four-acre moated site. The 16th century exterior of the Grade I-listed house hides a medieval hall, and traces of the bishop’s private chambers. Many features survive including probably the earliest domestic wall paintings in Suffolk

Wed 04 Apr

2:30 pm

Hockwold Hall, Hockwold cum Wilton, Thetford, Norfolk

A Tudor house built by Sir Thomas Tindall for a manor dating back to the C13. Seized by the Crown in 1661 and sold to Sir Cyril Wyche, a President of the Royal Society. It was extended for Prince Victor Duleep Singh, son of the Maharajh of Lahore in 1895. Fine walled gardens.

Thu 05 Apr

2:30 pm

Columbine Hall Columbine Hall, Stowmarket, Suffolk

Dating from 1390, the Grade II* timber-framed house is surrounded by a defensive moat which laps its walls. The owners have transformed the interior and filled it with their eccentric and ever-growing collections. Gardens include vistas of the rolling landscape beyond.

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