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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 12 Sep

2:30 pm
£15.00

Queen Alexandra’s House, Kensington Gore, London

Queen Anne/Jacobean revival-style building having many original features. It has been in continuous use since 1884 as a purpose-built hostel for female students of music and science.

Wed 12 Sep

2:30 pm
£18.00

Voewood Voewood, High Kelling, Norfolk

One of the finest Arts and Crafts houses in Britain, built by E.S. Prior for Percy Lloyd, 1903-5. 'By far the most interesting building in this part of Norfolk... a violently idiosyncratic house reminiscent of Gaudi,' says Pevsner.

Thu 13 Sep

2:00 pm
£18.00

South Elmham Hall South Elmham Hall, Harleston, Suffolk

South Elmham Hall is a 13th century former bishop's palace standing within a four-acre moated site. The 16th century exterior of the Grade I-listed house hides a medieval hall, and traces of the bishop’s private chambers. Many features survive including probably the earliest domestic wall paintings in Suffolk

Thu 13 Sep

2:30 pm
£15.00

Chapel Cleeve Manor Chapel Cleeve Manor, Nr Minehead, Somerset

Chapel Cleeve Manor started life in the 1450s as a hostel for pilgrims attending the chapel of St Mary, which was built by the monks of Cleeve Abbey in the mid 15th century.

Thu 13 Sep

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.

Thu 13 Sep

2:30 pm
£17.00

Nantiago, Knighton, Powys

A borders long house with cruck frames of circa 1540, with later extensions and Regency Gothick windows. In use as local vicarage for 180 years. Attractive grounds with small lake and arboretum. Small collection of classic cars.

Thu 13 Sep

2:30 pm
£30.00

Wolterton Hall, Aylsham, Norfolk

Built in the 1720s by Thomas Ripley for politician Horatio Walpole, brother of Britain’s first prime minister, Sir Robert. Purchased from the Walpole family in 2016, the property is now privately owned. Currently undergoing major refurbishment, this is an extraordinary opportunity to visit an important, historic estate.

Fri 14 Sep

3:30 pm
£17.50

Clifton House Clifton House, King's Lynn, Norfolk

Probably the finest surviving merchant's town house in England, grade-one listed Clifton House provides 'the most remarkable catalogue of building periods from the middle ages onwards' (Pevsner).

Sat 15 Sep

12:00 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.

Sat 15 Sep

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.

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