Things to see & do

What will you do on your visit?

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The house

Viscount Bearsted acquired Upton in 1927 for entertaining and to house his important collections of art and porcelain.

He extended the 17th century building at either end and completely re-modelled, every room.

The gardens

Bring a book or a picnic; the gardens have something for everyone.

Under the energetic guidance of Lady Bearsted in the 1930s, the grounds you see today were landscaped by one of the country's first female garden designers.

2014 exhibition

A 1930s Shell poster from the People Prefer ...  series

Viscount Bearsted's father founded the Shell oil company. 

Shell  encouraged contemporary artists in the 1930s to design its advertising materials - especially posters.The exhibition, starting on 18 April, features original artwork and tells you more about Viscount Bearsted, the man, his fortune and his generosity.

For families

See all that Upton has to offer including events for big kids and little ones, especially during school holidays.

Events at Upton

Join in a half term trail in the house or garden, or maybe a cooking club whets the appetite?

For groups

Whether your group has a special interest in an aspect of the house and gardens or you just want a place to visit together, Upton can help you get the most out of your visit.