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 19 Sep

2:15 pm

Hardwick Hall, Ellesmere, Shropshire

Hardwick Hall (Grade II*) was built on a fresh site in 1720 by John Kynaston, moving from Hordley Hall, birthplace of the Shropshire Highwaymen, Wild Humphrey Kynaston, second son of Sir Roger Kynaston and still lived in by direct Kynaston family descendants today.

Wed 19 Sep

2:30 pm

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.

Thu 20 Sep

9:30 am

The Swan, Lavenham, Suffolk

A famous medieval inn in a famous medieval town. The Swan at Lavenham is an iconic timber-framed building, steeped in centuries of history. Dating back to the 15th century, the building has been adapted and developed into a luxury hotel and spa, while retaining its medieval charm.

Thu 20 Sep

2:00 pm

Harlington Manor Harlington Manor, Harlington, Bedfordshire

Harlington Manor is a house dating from the 16th century, though there is a possibility that it dates from the late 1390s and stands on a significantly earlier site.

Thu 20 Sep

2:30 pm

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.

Thu 20 Sep

2:30 pm
£15.50, December tour £17.00

Otley Hall Otley Hall, Ipswich, Suffolk

Grade I, C16 moated hall, still a family home, is a perfect example of unspoilt late medieval architecture. According to Farrer (Old Suffolk Houses, Vol. 6), the impressive great hall and linenfold parlour, which look out onto the rose garden, are unequalled in Suffolk.

Sat 22 Sep

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.

Sun 23 Sep

2:30 pm

Kelly House Kelly House, Lifton, Devon

Home to the Kelly family for over 900 years, this Grade I Georgian house offers ancestral intrigue and an introduction to the social and architectural history of country houses. The house dates from the 15th century with alterations from every century until 1877. Pevsner compliments its good contemporary features. Unusual brick granary.

Tue 25 Sep

3:00 pm

St Peter’s Hall, Bungay, Suffolk

Dating from 1280, St. Peter's Hall is nestled in unspoilt Suffolk countryside adjacent to the famous St. Peter's Brewery. It is a unique, romantic and historic half-moated former manor farmhouse.

Wed 26 Sep

10:00 am

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.

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