Across the lake
Take a few moments of tranquility and enjoy the symmetry of the portico and wings of the house from across the lake.
This is one of the only rooms that Henry VIII would still recognise, with its intricately carved oak panelling in a pattern representing folded linen.
See which characters you can spot in the Flemish tiles in the Chapel floor. Find fools, dukes and even a turtle nestling amongst royalty in the blue, green and orange tiles.
Making excellent use of a small space, the staircase was an avant garde addition to the house in the 1770s. The light and airy feel to this part of the house contrasts greatly with the Tudor decor in other rooms.
A real example of a mix-and-match approach to redecorating. Come and chat with a room guide to find out how this intriguing tapestry room was put together.
One of the most exciting objects in our collection now has its very own exhibition inside the house. This gold ring was found at Silchester, only a few miles away in a farmer's field. It has been linked with a piece of lead, inscribed with a curse. Who knows if it may have inspired Tolkien's books?
Tour of the house
This eight-minute video was made for us especially by the BBC Academy, which trains people in the skills needed for a career in broadcasting. A maid tells the history of the house by exploring each room.