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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
Wed 15 Aug

10:00 am
£16.00

Ingatestone Hall Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex

Ingatestone Hall is a 16th century manor house built by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to four Tudor monarchs, and still occupied by his descendants. It contains furniture, pictures and family memorabilia accumulated over the centuries.

Wed 15 Aug

10:30 am
£15.00

Linden House, Eye, Suffolk

Linden House is one of the most important buildings in this historic Suffolk town. The house originated as a Tudor period farmhouse, being converted to a Georgian townhouse in the 18th century.

Wed 15 Aug

11:00 am
£40.00 inc lunch

Hintlesham Hall Hintlesham Hall, Ipswich, Suffolk

Sections of the Hall date back to the mid C15. Façade built by Richard Powys c.1720 conceals Grade I, C-shape Elizabethan mansion of which chimney breasts remain.

Wed 15 Aug

11:00 am
£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.

Thu 16 Aug

9:30 am
£12.00

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.

Thu 16 Aug

2:30 pm
£16.00/ £22.00

Brinton Hall Brinton Hall, Melton Constable, Norfolk

C16 house extended in 1822 in gault brick by the Brereton family. Award-winning work includes remodelling of the west front and extensive interior restoration including unbricking five Georgian windows. Staircase reputed to have originated from Merton place, Nelson’s last residence.

Thu 16 Aug

2:30 pm
£30.00

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.

Fri 17 Aug

10:30 am
£15.00

Linden House, Eye, Suffolk

Linden House is one of the most important buildings in this historic Suffolk town. The house originated as a Tudor period farmhouse, being converted to a Georgian townhouse in the 18th century.

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.

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