Life Below Stairs
You started the day at 5am, lighting the fires, fetching water and filling the large coppers where the linens were boiled. The life of a laundry maid wasn't easy!
Take our Life Below Stairs tour to The servants tunnel would have been a bustling thoroughfare on site, with daily deliveries from the gardeners of fruit and veg from the Walled Garden, coal being fetched from the tunnel stores, and washing being delivered up and down to the noise and steam of the Laundry.
Learn all about the daily lives and roles of the servants, from the laundry maids, the boot boys, the butler and the scullery maids - find out who had the hardest job and learn the hierarchy of life in service. Have a go at a few of the activities yourself and hear about the servants who really worked here.
At its peak, Castle Ward estate would have employed around 40 staff to keep the house and grounds running. Take the "Life Below Stairs" tour to follow in the footsteps of the servants who looked after Castle Ward through its 200 year history.
Take the tour
Castle Ward is available to by guided tour only, unless free flow is in place (Sundays / Event days). The tour is free and tickets can be collected in our Reception area. Tours currently run on the hour from 12noon to 4pm during the week and every half hour from 12noon to 4.30pm on weekends.
Please note the main showrooms of the house are currently undergoing major conservation work and this tour takes in the basement, laundry and dairy areas.
Please be advised the tour takes in some stairs.