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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 08 Aug

2:30 pm
£19.00; evening tour on 8.8.18 and 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.

Wed 08 Aug

6:45 pm
£19.00; evening tour on 8.8.18 and 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.

Thu 09 Aug

11:00 am
£20.00

Layer Marney Tower Layer Marney Tower, Nr Colchester, Essex

Grade I red-brick Tudor gatehouse is decorated with Italianate terracotta. Henry, First Lord Marney, Henry VIII's Lord Privy Seal started the work to create a magnificent palace but died in 1523 and work stopped two years later. Henry VIII came to stay while it was still being built.

Thu 09 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 09 Aug

3:00 pm
£14.00

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.

Fri 10 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.

Fri 10 Aug

2:30 pm
£17.00

Belchamp Hall, Sudbury, Suffolk

Queen Anne house with family portraits by Thomas Gainsborough. Widely known as 'Felsham Hall' in the TV series 'Lovejoy'.

Fri 10 Aug

2:30 pm
£17.50

Great Fulford Great Fulford, Nr Exeter, Devon

Home of the Fulford family since c1190. Mainly early Tudor, built round a courtyard. Late C17th linenfold-panelled, double-height Great Hall with coved ceiling and good early Renaissance work. Grand early C18 staircase. South wing remodelled in the ‘gothic’ taste by James Wyatt in 1805.

Fri 10 Aug

2:30 pm
£12.00

Henstead Exotic Garden, Henstead, Suffolk

The tropics in Suffolk with 100 palms, 20 bananas, 200 bamboos and 30-foot tiered walk leading to a ‘Thai’ pavilion.

Mon 13 Aug

11:00 am
£14.00

25-27 Church Street 25-27 Church Street, Saffron Walden, Essex

Douglas Kent, a director of SPAB, put his training into reality when he bought an empty, unmodernised Grade I building in Saffron Walden. It’s famous for two huge pargeted figures and is C14, once part of the Sun Inn. Visitors can see his progress and pick his brains.

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