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 02 May

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.

Wed 02 May

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 03 May

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.

Fri 04 May

10:30 am

Millichope Park, Munslow, Shropshire

Grade II* Greek Revival house set in Grade II*, 25-acre landscaped gardens, which include large lakes, cascades and the George Stuert temple.

Sat 05 May

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.

Mon 07 May

1:00 pm

Halswell Park, Goathurst, Bridgewater

View the inner workings of this full restoration project, called by Pevsner 'the most important house of its date in the county'. The Tudor Manor and 1689 Baroque Wing sit in an C18 parkland of temples, follies and lakes. The house is contents-free while undergoing restoration.

Mon 07 May

2:00 pm

The Abbey The Abbey, Coggeshall, Essex

The Abbey was founded in 1142 on land given by Stephen and Matilda. The recently restored Abbot’s stew pond was a feature when Edward II held court here in 1325; in 1293 the local vicar was gaoled for illegal fishing. The tour includes the abbot’s house and chapel, guest house, cloister, riverside courtyard with knot garden and hall of the manor house.

Tue 08 May

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.

Tue 08 May

2:30 pm

Finchingfield Guild Hall Finchingfield Guildhall, Finchingfield, Essex

Once ‘at risk’, this Grade I guildhall from the 15th and 17th centuries owned by the village has been restored for £1.8m (completed 2013) and is now a museum, library and hall.

Tue 08 May

2:30 pm
£15.50, December tour £17.00

Otley Hall Otley Hall, Ipswich, Suffolk

Grade I, C16 moated hall, still a family home, is a perfect example of unspoilt late medieval architecture. According to Farrer (Old Suffolk Houses, Vol. 6), the impressive great hall and linenfold parlour, which look out onto the rose garden, are unequalled in Suffolk.

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