Spit and polish: from kitchen maids to conservation

How can onion water or brick dust help you look after your home? What other uses for tea leaves are there? Discover the differences between how the Victorian servants and the modern conservation team care for our historic house.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

How can onion water or brick dust help you look after your home? What other uses for tea leaves are there? Discover the differences between how the Victorian servants and the modern conservation team keep the house and collection looking spick and span, in the Great Kitchen at the end of your visit.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Canons Ashby

Prices

Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £11.30 £10.27
Child £5.80 £5.27
Family £29.20 £26.54
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £8.50
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £4.25
Gardens only
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £5.20 £4.72
Child £2.60 £2.36
Family £13.30 £12.09
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £4.50
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £2.25

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

The basics

Suitability
Families are welcome
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
Start your visit at Visitor Reception.
What to bring and wear
Please dress for the weather, it can be very cold in the house.
Accessibility
Parts of the house are more accessible than others. If you have questions about your access needs please contact the property directly to discuss it.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
17 November 2018 11:00 - 14:30 Available
18 November 2018 11:00 - 14:30 Available
24 November 2018 11:00 - 14:30 Available
25 November 2018 11:00 - 14:30 Available

Contact Info

Name
Canons Ashby
Email
canonsashby@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01327 861900

Upcoming events

Secrets of Canons Ashby Trail

Fri 16 Nov 2018
10:00-14:30
Pick up a trail from Visitor Reception and explore the grounds to discover some of the lesser known features of our site which you otherwise might never have noticed.

Remembrance Poppy Display

Fri 16 Nov 2018
11:00-15:00
Visit the church as part of your day at Canons Ashby and see a beautiful display of hand-made poppies arranged by our flower team.

Guided Tour

Fri 16 Nov 2018
11:30-12:30
When the house is closed you can still enjoy a guided tour with one of our fascinating guides. Find out about the history of this special place and the people who made their mark here.

Spit and polish: from kitchen maids to conservation

Sat 17 Nov 2018
11:00-14:30
How can onion water or brick dust help you look after your home? What other uses for tea leaves are there? Discover the differences between how the Victorian servants and the modern conservation team care for our historic house.

Volunteer open day

Thu 22 Nov 2018
10:00-15:00
Meet some of our volunteers over a cuppa and find out more about how you can join this friendly team.

Sold out - An Elizabethan Christmas with Eboracum Baroque

Sun 25 Nov 2018
16:00-17:30
Sold out - Eboracum Baroque return to the wonderful acoustics of the Priory to perform vocal music from the Elizabethan era by composers including William Byrd and Thomas Tallis, as well as a few well-known seasonal favourites.