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

Viscount Bearsted's father founded the Shell oil company. 

Shell  encouraged contemporary artists in the 1930s to design its advertising materials. The exhibition features original artwork, some unpublished as in this example, and tells you more about Viscount Bearsted, the man, his fortune and his generosity.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 and games for big kids and little ones, especially during school holidays.

Events at Upton

There are regular events this autumn and half term - and make a note to solve your Christmas gift problems at Upton's Christmas Market during the weekend of 6 and 7 December.

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.