A servant's life - domestic quarters tours

Southeast Quarter Scullery

Uncover the hidden stories of the servants at Ightham Mote in our series of tours this winter. See behind the scenes in the rooms of the south east quarter and the domestic ground floor areas of the house and hear the stories of those that worked here.

A servant’s life tours

This is your special opportunity to see inside the house while its closed for the annual winter conservation work. The tour includes the central courtyard, outer hall, butler's pantry and housekeeper's room, as well as all the secret hidden south east quarter of the house with the original kitchen, scullery, southeast courtyard and small dining room.

The tour brings together some of the stories our research volunteers have discovered about Ightham Mote’s servants during the late 19th to mid-20th century. For some of them we know little more than their names, but for other's we've been able to gain interesting insights and snippets into what their roles were and what life may have been like for them at Ightham Mote.

Who were they? What roles did they fulfil? Where did they live?

Let our tour guides take you on a journey to discover the hidden stories of life as a servant.


When are the tours?

Tours run at set times throughout the day in winter when the house is closed, and last approximately 45 minutes. Tour tickets are £5 (non-members will also need to pay normal admission for entry on the day). Tour numbers are limited and may sell out; to avoid disappointment, we recommend booking in advance online.

Dates and booking information will be available here shortly.

Please note: This is your exclusive opportunity to gain access to the house when it's closed for conservation.