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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 25 Apr

2:00 pm
£15.00

Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Essex

See behind the scenes of a leading producing theatre. Visit includes a talk on its history and plans for the future. Tour of set-building workshop, costume and props department and set for current show (see below for details), will show how a production is staged.

Wed 25 Apr

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 25 Apr

2:30 pm
£25.00

Aldenham Park Aldenham Park, Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Grade II* Palladian house. It has strong links with Charles I who took refuge here in a priest hole from Oliver Cromwell (leaving his coat behind) and, later, Charles II presented the Acton family with a fine Van Dyck portrait of his father, which still hangs in the saloon.

Wed 25 Apr

2:30 pm
£19.00

Pitchford Hall & Tree House, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Described as Britain’s finest half-timbered house, Pitchford Hall was owned by the Colthurst family for more than 500 years before being sold in 1992. Now on the ‘at Risk’ register, the house has been bought back by Rowena Colthurst and her husband, who are embarking on the massive task of saving it, following 25 years of neglect.

Wed 25 Apr

2:30 pm
£30.00

Raynham Hall, Fakenham, Norfolk

Grade I* early C17th house by Sir Roger Townshend with interiors redesigned by William Kent dating from 1725, these were carried out for the second Viscount Townshend, an important political figure at the court of Queen Anne and King George I.

Thu 26 Apr

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 27 Apr

10:30 am
£20.00

Millichope Park, Munslow, Shropshire

Grade II* Greek Revival house set in Grade II*, 25-acre landscaped gardens, which include large lakes, cascades and the George Stuert temple.

Fri 27 Apr

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.

Sun 29 Apr

12:00 pm
£16.50/special tours £18.50

Talliston, Great Dunmow, Essex

Once an ordinary house in an ordinary street, Talliston House and Gardens have been transformed into a series of inspiring locations, each set in a different time and place. In 25 years, the project has taken a three-bedroomed, semi-detached ex-council house in Essex and transformed it into what The Sunday Times calls ‘Britain’s most extraordinary home.’

Sun 29 Apr

3:00 pm
£16.50/special tours £18.50

Talliston, Great Dunmow, Essex

Once an ordinary house in an ordinary street, Talliston House and Gardens have been transformed into a series of inspiring locations, each set in a different time and place. In 25 years, the project has taken a three-bedroomed, semi-detached ex-council house in Essex and transformed it into what The Sunday Times calls ‘Britain’s most extraordinary home.’

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