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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 26 Sep

2:30 pm
£20.00

Bindon Mill, Wool, Dorset

An historic mill house on the River Frome in Dorset, which blends original features with contemporary living. Outside, colourful planting, wildlife and a hydro-electric power system live peacefully alongside each other.

Thu 27 Sep

2:30 pm
£20.00

Bindon Mill, Wool, Dorset

An historic mill house on the River Frome in Dorset, which blends original features with contemporary living. Outside, colourful planting, wildlife and a hydro-electric power system live peacefully alongside each other.

Sun 30 Sep

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 30 Sep

2:00 pm
£15.00

Hartsheath, Pontblyddyn, Mold, Flintshire

Hartsheath is a Grade II* country house in neo-classical style, set in a 19th century landscape park. The house dates to the early 18th century, though it was heavily rebuilt in the early 19th century.

Sun 30 Sep

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.’

Mon 01 Oct

10:00 am
£18.00

Combermere Abbey, Whitchurch, Shropshire

Combermere Abbey, with its large mere and 1,000-acre parkland, celebrates almost 900 years of history. The Cistercian monastery established in 1133 was dissolved in 1536, and the Tudor manor house created for the Cotton family included the Abbots Lodge.

Wed 03 Oct

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 03 Oct

2:30 pm
£17.00

Hockwold Hall, Hockwold cum Wilton, Thetford, Norfolk

A Tudor house built by Sir Thomas Tindall for a manor dating back to the C13. Seized by the Crown in 1661 and sold to Sir Cyril Wyche, a President of the Royal Society. It was extended for Prince Victor Duleep Singh, son of the Maharajh of Lahore in 1895. Fine walled gardens.

Thu 04 Oct

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.

Thu 04 Oct

2:30 pm
£17.00

Hall Bishops Tawton Hall, Bishops Tawton, Bishops Tawton, Devon

Home to the Chichester family since the early C14, the current Victorian house, a vernacular mansion in the C16 style, was built in the 1840s for Robert Chichester by Philip C.Hardwick. Hardwick produced a series of grand rooms with splendid views over the Taw valley.

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