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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 11 Jul

2:00 pm
£17.00

West Stow Hall West Stow Hall, West Stow, Suffolk

The gatehouse and Hall may have been built by the last abbot of Bury St Edmunds about 1520 although more likely by John Croft a wealthy merchant. The colonnade linking the gatehouse and main house was built in 1580.

Wed 11 Jul

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 11 Jul

2:30 pm
£14.00

Plas Dinam, Llandinam, Powys

Grade II listed Plas Dinam, in the village of Llandinam is the much loved family home to the fifth generation of descendants of the famous Victorian railway and mining entrepreneur David Davies. Designed and built by the renowned London based architect W E Nesfield in 1873-74.

Wed 11 Jul

2:30 pm
£30.00

Raynham Hall, Fakenham, Norfolk

Grade I* early C17th house by Sir Roger Townshend with interiors redesigned by William Kent dating from 1725, these were carried out for the second Viscount Townshend, an important political figure at the court of Queen Anne and King George I.

Thu 12 Jul

2:30 pm
£18.00

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.

Thu 12 Jul

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.

Thu 12 Jul

2:30 pm
£17.00

Rippington Manor Rippington Manor, Nr Sandy, Bedfordshire

This remarkably complete brick-built Tudor manor house sits on monastery remains recorded in the Domesday Book.

Thu 12 Jul

2:30 pm
£16.00

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.

Fri 13 Jul

1:00 pm
£15.00

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.

Fri 13 Jul

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.

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