Soundscape tour at Leith Hill Place

Atmospheric light in the soundscape at Leith Hill Place

A climb to the second floor is rewarded with a special treat – a guided audio tour about the life and music of Vaughan Williams. This tour allows you to visit the attics, which aren't usually open to the public and experience a different way of learning about the life of Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Turning back in time

As a child growing up here in the late nineteenth century, the young Vaughan Williams would have had his bedroom in the attics, along with his siblings and his nurse, so you can feel close to the spirit of the man and imagine what life might have been like for the young composer.
Listen as the story is brought to life in words and music, with a script based on Ursula Vaughan Williams’ biography of her husband, anecdotes from members of the Wedgwood family and contemporary letters.

Be guided by the music

You will be guided from room to room as you immerse yourself in this shared experience, As the music swells to its conclusion in the final space you will be moved and enchanted by the strains of ‘The Lark Ascending’ and the glorious view which is even more commanding from the top floor.
Voices are provided by Virginia McKenna OBE, Lindy Alexander, Brian Kay, Sir Richard Stilgoe, Patrick Newberry and Alison Jermyn who all gave their time and talents to support the house. We gratefully acknowledge their generous contribution.

Maximum 10 people per tour, sorry no dogs. You must be fit and active and able to climb a steep set of stairs to the attics as well as step over carpeted joists when you're in the attic. The audio tour is also available on a hand led device which can be borrowed from the front desk of the house.

As the tour is run by our volunteers, there may be occassions when we're unable to run it if we're short of helpers.