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
Fri 29 Jun

3:30 pm

Clifton House Clifton House, King's Lynn, Norfolk

Probably the finest surviving merchant's town house in England, grade-one listed Clifton House provides 'the most remarkable catalogue of building periods from the middle ages onwards' (Pevsner).

Sat 30 Jun

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.

Sat 30 Jun

2:30 pm

Rugbourne Farm, Bristol, Somerset

A small, early Renaissance (C17) ex-manor house, farmed until 2002 when the current owners bought it as their home, saving it from imminent collapse. Architect Andy Paterson, with the help of his wife Zanna (lecturer specialising in Renaissance drama), has lovingly repaired it, and work is still being completed on the second floor.

Sun 01 Jul

11:00 am

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.

Sun 01 Jul

2:30 pm

ashley court Invitation to View Devon Ashley Court, Ashley, Tiverton, Devon

Small Regency country house (Grade II) with Victorian stable block and lodge cottage, apple lofts, walled garden and woodland walk. Originally built by Tiverton Wool merchant John Upcott the house was subsequently enlarged with the main building dating from around 1805.

Mon 02 Jul

2:30 pm

Stanstead Bury Stanstead Bury, Nr Ware, Herts

Stanstead Bury is an intriguing house of Tudor origin. Originally a monastic property, it has been occupied for the majority of this period since the dissolution by three families: the Baeshes, Fieldes and Trowers. They have all left their mark and the house is now an unusual mix of architectural styles.

Tue 03 Jul

2:00 pm

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.

Tue 03 Jul

2:30 pm

Letheringham Water Mill, Suffolk,

A mill was recorded here in the Domesday Book, but the present building dates from 1740 with 19th century additions. It ceased operating as a mill in 1927 and was grade II-listed by English Heritage in 1966. Timber-framed with clapboarding and a plain tile roof consisting of two floors and two attic floors to the gambrel roof.

Tue 03 Jul

6:00 pm

Coughton Court Coughton Court North Wing, Alcester, Warwickshire

Tour of the private north wing of Coughton Court, which is not normally open to the public. The Throckmortons, Britain's oldest Roman Catholic family, have lived here for 600 years. Tours include the fine, award-winning gardens.

Wed 04 Jul

10:30 am

Brynkinalt Brynkinalt, Chirk, Wrexham

A fine Grade II* house, built in 1612 by Sir Edward Trevor overlooking the Ceiriog Valley on the Wales/Shropshire border, which was then extended in the early 1800s. Still lived in by the Trevor family. Tour covers the formal rooms of the house and family history.

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