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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 14 Mar

2:30 pm
£15.00

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.

Thu 15 Mar

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.

Sat 17 Mar

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 19 Mar

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'.

Tue 20 Mar

2:30 am
£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'.

Tue 20 Mar

2:30 pm
£18.50

Bressingham Hall Bressingham Hall, Bressingham, Diss, Norfolk

Grade II-listed country mansion and its companion High Barn, lovingly restored to their elegant Regency origins by the Bloom family, which has just celebrated seven decades there. Surrounded by 17 acres of world famous gardens.

Wed 21 Mar

10:30 am
£20.00

Bindon Mill, Wool, Dorset

An historic mill house on the River Frome in Dorset, which blends original features with contemporary living. Outside, colourful planting, wildlife and a hydro-electric power system live peacefully alongside each other.

Wed 21 Mar

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 21 Mar

2:15 pm
£20.00

Hardwick Hall, Ellesmere, Shropshire

Hardwick Hall (Grade II*) was built on a fresh site in 1720 by John Kynaston, moving from Hordley Hall, birthplace of the Shropshire Highwaymen, Wild Humphrey Kynaston, second son of Sir Roger Kynaston and still lived in by direct Kynaston family descendants today.

Wed 21 Mar

2:30 pm
£17.00

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.

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