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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 15 May

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 15 May

2:30 pm
£18.50

Island Hall Island Hall, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire

Island Hall is an important mid 18th century mansion, owned and restored by an award-winning interior designer. Located on the banks of the Great Ouse in the centre of Godmanchester, this family home has Georgian rooms with fine period detail and interesting possessions relating to the owners' ancestors since their first occupation of the house in 1800.

Tue 15 May

2:30 pm
£14.00

Old Bowlish House Old Bowlish House, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Built around 1618, this Grade II* clothier’s house was modernised by the Georgians c.1735. A Palladian frontage and stone mullioned rear windows are two of the external features which enclose finely proportioned rooms, original fireplaces and a magnificent heavily-carved Jacobean openwork scroll oak staircase which winds through all three of its floors.

Tue 15 May

2:30 pm
£16.00

Tiverton Castle Tiverton Castle, Tiverton, Devon

Come and hear the fascinating history of 900 years at Tiverton Castle and enjoy the beautiful gardens. Originally built in 1106, the castle was altered down the ages and building periods from C14 to modern are visible. Once home to the medieval Earls of Devon and of Princess Katherine Plantagenet (daughter of Edward IV).

Wed 16 May

10:00 am
£16.00

Ingatestone Hall Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, Essex

Ingatestone Hall is a 16th century manor house built by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to four Tudor monarchs, and still occupied by his descendants. It contains furniture, pictures and family memorabilia accumulated over the centuries.

Wed 16 May

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 16 May

2:30 pm
£30.00

Willey Park, Broseley, Shropshire

Willey Park is a complete example of an early nineteenth-century Neo-classical mansion of exceptional quality, the masterpiece of architect Lewis Wyatt.

Thu 17 May

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.

Thu 17 May

2:30 pm
£16.00/ £22.00

Brinton Hall Brinton Hall, Melton Constable, Norfolk

C16 house extended in 1822 in gault brick by the Brereton family. Award-winning work includes remodelling of the west front and extensive interior restoration including unbricking five Georgian windows. Staircase reputed to have originated from Merton place, Nelson’s last residence.

Thu 17 May

2:30 pm
£15.00

Crowcombe Court Crowcombe Court, Taunton, Somerset

Built as a statement of wealth and a house to entertain in by Thomas Carew. Completed in 1739 to a design by Nathaniel Ireson, who also built Stourhead and Van House, the style is described as English Baroque and sits between the Queen Anne and Georgian periods.

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