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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
Tue 28 Aug

3:00 pm
£18.50

St Peter’s Hall, Bungay, Suffolk

Dating from 1280, St. Peter's Hall is nestled in unspoilt Suffolk countryside adjacent to the famous St. Peter's Brewery. It is a unique, romantic and historic half-moated former manor farmhouse.

Wed 29 Aug

2:15 pm
£20.50/£30.00

Earsham Hall Earsham Hall, Nr Bungay, Suffolk

This large, authentic Queen Anne house with medieval origins is home to an enthusiastic extended family and a haunting of ghosts. ‘Butcher’ Cumberland visited and Sir John Soane made improvements; survived years as a boys’ school.

Thu 30 Aug

2:30 pm
£16.00

Haughley House Haughley House, Stowmarket, Suffolk

Late medieval manor, with C18 additions, adjacent to outer bailey of ruined Norman castle, destroyed 1173. Manor of Haughley was one of the foremost in England, previous lords included Henry II and Mary Tudor (present owner is the current lord).

Thu 30 Aug

2:30 pm
£17.00

Mysevin, Denbigh, Denbighshire

Picturesque Regency house in a lovely secluded setting in a remote part of Denbighshire. Garden is the essence of peace and serenity, with rare plants and a famed, recently created shell house by Blott Kerr-Wilson. The interior is filled with family memorabilia, as presented with much humour by the late Val Kerr-Wilson.

Sat 01 Sep

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.

Sun 02 Sep

2:30 pm
£17.00

Kirstead Hall, Norwich, Norfolk

A fine Grade I listed Elizabethan manor house circa 1560 of E-shaped plan with stepped Flemish gable ends, brickwork with attractive blue diaper decoration and pin-tiled roof, standing in four acres. The gardens are partly walled with an important Grade II* octagonal dovecote in the grounds.

Sun 02 Sep

2:30 pm
£15.00

Silverstone Farm, East Dereham, Norfolk

House and garden of George Carter ‘one of 10 best garden designers in Britain’ Sunday Times. Visitors see ground floor of 1920s neo-Georgian farmhouse, library in barn (part of 1830s farmyard complex) and elegant formal gardens in 2 acres, all accompanied by the owner.

Mon 03 Sep

2:00 pm
£18.00

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.

Mon 03 Sep

2:30 pm
£15.00

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.

Tue 04 Sep

2:30 pm
£16.00

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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