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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 26 May

2:00 pm
£15

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.

Sun 27 May

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 27 May

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 28 May

10:30 am
£17.00/£21.00/£40.00

Glemham Hall Glemham Hall, Woodbridge, Suffolk

The huge 16th-18th century house and its owner, Philip Hope-Cobbold, are equally exuberant – a double wow factor. As is the haunted staircase and fine 200-acre park designed by Repton and known for its ancient oaks. Bought by the Cobbold brewing family in the early C20.

Mon 28 May

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.

Tue 29 May

3:00 pm
£18.50

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 30 May

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.

Wed 30 May

2:00 pm
£15.00

Bodfach Hall Gardens, Llanfyllin, Powys

Ten-acres gardens surrounded by parkland and woods. Stunning display of mature rhododendrons and azaleas from mid-May.

Wed 30 May

2:30 pm
£15.00

Queen Alexandra’s House, Kensington Gore, London

Queen Anne/Jacobean revival-style building having many original features. It has been in continuous use since 1884 as a purpose-built hostel for female students of music and science.

Thu 31 May

2:00 pm
£18.00

South Elmham Hall South Elmham Hall, Harleston, Suffolk

South Elmham Hall is a 13th century former bishop's palace standing within a four-acre moated site. The 16th century exterior of the Grade I-listed house hides a medieval hall, and traces of the bishop’s private chambers. Many features survive including probably the earliest domestic wall paintings in Suffolk

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