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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 22 May

10:30 am
£16.00

Brynkinalt Brynkinalt, Chirk, Wrexham

A fine Grade II* house, built in 1612 by Sir Edward Trevor overlooking the Ceiriog Valley on the Wales/Shropshire border, which was then extended in the early 1800s. Still lived in by the Trevor family. Tour covers the formal rooms of the house and family history.

Tue 22 May

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.

Wed 23 May

11:00 am
£18.00

37 Spital Square, Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, London,

A Georgian silk merchant’s house located in Spitalfields and sensitively converted for use as the head office of the charity the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). Hear about the Society’s work and see inside this wonderfully atmospheric working building.

Wed 23 May

2:00 pm
£17.00. Snowdrop tour with lunch £20.00

Hoveton Hall Hoveton Hall, Norwich, Norfolk

The Hoveton Hall Estate covers 620 acres of parkland, gardens, woodland, arable and grazing agricultural land and a fine Regency hall built between 1809-1812 of gault brick with a slate roof whose design is attributed to Humphry Repton and his son John Adey Repton.

Wed 23 May

2:15 pm
£20.00

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 23 May

2:30 pm
£18.00

37 Spital Square, Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, London,

A Georgian silk merchant’s house located in Spitalfields and sensitively converted for use as the head office of the charity the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). Hear about the Society’s work and see inside this wonderfully atmospheric working building.

Thu 24 May

2:00 pm
£16.00

Wingfield College Wingfield College, Eye, Suffolk

Hidden behind the Georgian facade is the original chantry college of priests founded by Sir John de Wingfield in 1362. Inside are the medieval great hall, part of the 14th century cloister and Tudor and Georgian interiors.

Thu 24 May

2:30 pm
£17.00

Rippington Manor Rippington Manor, Nr Sandy, Bedfordshire

This remarkably complete brick-built Tudor manor house sits on monastery remains recorded in the Domesday Book.

Fri 25 May

2:30 pm
£14.00

25-27 Church Street 25-27 Church Street, Saffron Walden, Essex

Douglas Kent, a director of SPAB, put his training into reality when he bought an empty, unmodernised Grade I building in Saffron Walden. It’s famous for two huge pargeted figures and is C14, once part of the Sun Inn. Visitors can see his progress and pick his brains.

Fri 25 May

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).

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