Special tours for special places
If you like to dig deeper, there are plenty of guided tours and talks by experts to help you soak up the atmosphere of our places.
These are some of our personal favourites:
Dunster Castle, Somerset
Attic and Basement Tour
This award-winning tour gives a revealing insight into the life and times of a Victorian servant, whilst accessing parts of the 19th-century house not normally open to the public. Glimpse what life was like for those who spent most of their time in the attics and basements.
Kingston Lacy, Dorset
From Seeds to Scandals
Our volunteer will lead you on an informative tour of the Pleasure Ground, and if time allows a peek into the Japanese and kitchen garden. Hear about the people and plantings across the centuries that have led to the creation of this ‘perfectly ordered paradise’. Wednesdays to Sundays, weather permitting.
Castle Drogo, Devon
In this commemorative year, Castle Drogo’s special tour gives you the change to learn more about the castle and what makes it so special, seeing it through different eyes – often in a way you couldn’t imagine. Castle Drogo: Inside Out is certainly an understatement.
Join one of our experienced guides who will give you the inside view on looking after this special Grade I listed garden. It features the celebrated Parterre, seasonal floral displays, distinctive topiary and an outstanding sculpture collection.
Ham House, Surrey
Reputed to be one of the most haunted houses in Britain, discover the ghostly tales scattered through the history of Ham House. Tour price includes drinks and light refreshments.
Flatford: Bridge Cottage
Walking in the Footsteps of Constable
Visit the locations of Constable’s paintings such as The Leaping Horse, The Cornfield and Dedham Vale Morn on this extended tour into the Dedham Vale, starting at Flatford and going further into the heart of ‘Constable Country’.
Behind the Garden Wall
A delightful behind-the-scenes guided tour of the gardens at Wimpole, including the walled kitchen garden, abundant with seasonal fruit and vegetables. You will be expertly guided by the head gardener or an assistant, giving you the opportunity to take a look at the magnificent glasshouse, bothy and compost area.
Belton House, Lincolnshire
Attics and Basement Tour
An early evening tour to discover how a house like Belton would have been run by a large army of servants. You will explore the basement, view a selection of family rooms through a servant’s eyes, ad take and exclusive peek behind the scenes in our attics. Note: there are many stairs.
Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
New Woodlands for Wildlife tour
Come and explore the woodlands of Clumber Park and learn about how they are managed as a home for birds and other wildlife. On the way we will look at some of the finest trees from our collection of over 200 different species.
Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire
Exclusive Guided Tour
Take a light-heated look at Tudor life and times as you’re led around one of Britain’s most famous and arguably the finest timber-framed, moated manor house dating back over 500 years.
Note: maximum group size 35 on open days.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire
Abbey and Garden Tour
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden have been capturing the imaginations of visitors since the 18th century. Lose yourself in tales of medieval monks and visionary Georgians, before wandering in some of the most spectacular and tranquil landscapes in Britain.
Nostell Priory and Parkland
New Wigs, Wards and Twenty-Four Larks in a Pie tour
A humorous look at 18th-century food and fashion; what did people really eat, what did they wear and why the mouse-skin eyebrows?
Castle Coole, County Fermanagh
As one of Ireland’s finest Neo-classical houses, an ‘upstairs downstairs; guided house tour is the perfect way to soak up the opulent Regency interior of Castle Coole. Join one of our experienced guides to explore the extravagant mansion, finishing with an informative tour through the vast underground basement.
Chirk Castle, Wrexham
A guided tour looking at the elaborate plasterwork, elegant staterooms, fine Adam-style furniture and exquisite tapestries that lie behind the austere exterior of the 700-year-old medieval fortress. Take a closer look at these inspirational interiors and beautiful artefacts, in the capable hands of our knowledgeable house manager.
Powis Castle, Powys
The Castle and Clive Museum
Spend an enlightening couple of hours in the company of our knowledgeable house manager looking in depth at the fine collection of paintings culture and furniture in marvellous, medieval Powis Castle. You’ll also be guided around the exquisite Indian art in the Clive Museum.