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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
Sat 15 Sep

2:30 pm
£14.00

Rugbourne Farm, Bristol, Somerset

A small, early Renaissance (C17) ex-manor house, farmed until 2002 when the current owners bought it as their home, saving it from imminent collapse. Architect Andy Paterson, with the help of his wife Zanna (lecturer specialising in Renaissance drama), has lovingly repaired it, and work is still being completed on the second floor.

Sun 16 Sep

11:00 am
£20.00

Layer Marney Tower Layer Marney Tower, Nr Colchester, Essex

Grade I red-brick Tudor gatehouse is decorated with Italianate terracotta. Henry, First Lord Marney, Henry VIII's Lord Privy Seal started the work to create a magnificent palace but died in 1523 and work stopped two years later. Henry VIII came to stay while it was still being built.

Mon 17 Sep

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.

Mon 17 Sep

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 18 Sep

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 18 Sep

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 18 Sep

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 18 Sep

2:30 pm
£18.50

Bressingham Hall Bressingham Hall, Bressingham, Diss, Norfolk

Grade II-listed country mansion and its companion High Barn, lovingly restored to their elegant Regency origins by the Bloom family, which has just celebrated seven decades there. Surrounded by 17 acres of world famous gardens.

Tue 18 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.

Wed 19 Sep

2:00 pm
£35.00

Bridwell Park, Uffculme, Devon

This elegant Georgian house set in 100 acres of parkland boasts magnificent views across the Culm Valley in Devon, and is the much-loved family home of Lord Ivar Mountbatten.

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