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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
Mon 16 Apr

10:30 am
£22.50

Tissington Hall Tissington Hall, Tissington, Derbyshire

Built in 1609 by Francis FitzHerbert whose family still lives here. The main part of the building houses the main hall, the dining room, two state drawing rooms and various associated rooms around its centre with the hall facing due east.

Mon 16 Apr

11:00 am
£18.00

Braxted Park Braxted Park, Witham, Essex

Mid 18th Century red brick house with earlier features built by Sir Robert Taylor for the cloth merchant, Peter DuCane who lived there 1751-1803. Brick wall of four and a half miles surrounds 500 acres of parkland, lakes, parish church and hermitage.

Tue 17 Apr

11:00 am
£40.00 inc lunch

Hintlesham Hall Hintlesham Hall, Ipswich, Suffolk

Sections of the Hall date back to the mid C15. Façade built by Richard Powys c.1720 conceals Grade I, C-shape Elizabethan mansion of which chimney breasts remain.

Tue 17 Apr

12:00 pm
£25.00

Talboys, Keevil, Wiltshire

Talboys is one of the oldest properties in Wiltshire. Dating from 1420 in part, the house is timber framed with wattle and daub panels on a dressed limestone plinth. The interiors are interesting and unusual with a fine vaulted hall, wall paintings and much wood carving. Many fabulous old stained glass lead lined windows.

Tue 17 Apr

2:00 pm
£18.00

Shilstone Shilstone House, Modbury, Devon

Shilstone is a lovingly restored Georgian house in the heart of the Devon countryside, overlooking an important historical landscape, which includes the only known and nationally important C17 water theatre in the UK.

Tue 17 Apr

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.

Tue 17 Apr

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).

Wed 18 Apr

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 18 Apr

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.

Wed 18 Apr

2:30 pm
Afternoon tours £17, Easter tour £18, lunch tours £27, Christmas tour £75

Parsonage Farm, Albury, Hertfordshire

Late medieval/early Tudor timber-framed farmhouse with original inglenook fireplace, signed late 16th century glass window and original beams throughout. Unique collection of authentic late medieval, Tudor, Elizabethan and Stuart furniture throughout the house.

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