Places in the East of England you need to book

Some of the smaller places we care for in England are open with guided experiences or you may need to travel by boat to reach them, so you’ll need to pre-book before your visit. Our tours will be led by expert volunteers and will show the places in a new light. Tickets are released on a Thursday for a two week period.

Bourne Mill in summer.

Bourne Mill 

A delightful piece of late Elizabethan playfulness, built for banquets and converted into a mill in the 19th century. Set in tranquil grounds, still with its own working waterwheel, it's the perfect place to start your exploration of the Essex countryside.

The boardwalk snaking through the trees at Hatfield Forest, in the autumn

Hatfield Forest 

With the arrival of autumn, the ground conditions change and our car parking becomes limited to hard standing areas at Hatfield Forest. To ensure you have a parking space and to enable the ground to recover, you will need to pre-book your visit to Hatfield Forest at weekends during the autumn and winter months.

Houghton Mill in the Spring

Houghton Mill 

Enjoy walking in this stunning riverside setting on the Great Ouse and step inside the mill on one of our new tours, where you'll discover the story behind the mill and see a live demonstration of the mill in action. Don't forget to pop into the tearoom at Houghton Mill for a cup of tea and slice of cake, whilst you're there.

The pagodas on Orford Ness

Orford Ness 

A wild and remote shingle spit with a history that will both intrigue and delight. Uncover some of Britain's secret military history and enjoy the abundance of rare species and plants.

Autumn has arrived at Paycocke's

Paycocke's House and Garden 

Book your visit to Paycocke’s House and Garden in historic Coggeshall. Discover the riches to rags story of cloth merchant Thomas Paycocke and his beautiful timber framed show house. After your visit, head out for a walk through the picturesque village or onto the Essex way, where the hedgerows are bursting with autumnal fruits like rosehips and sloes. Delight in the changing colours along the way.

Peckover House and Garden

Peckover House and Garden 

A secret gem, hidden away in an urban environment. Peckover House is a Georgian merchant’s townhouse situated in the heart of Wisbech. Behind the garden gate you'll also find a beautiful walled Victorian garden. Entry to the house and gardens is by tour only, so come along and enjoy our new guided experience.

Shaw's Corner in Hertfordshire

Shaw's Corner 

Book your visit to Shaw’s Corner and explore the peaceful, rural home and garden of playwright George Bernard Shaw. Enjoy a guided experience of the arts and crafts inspired house with its fascinating collection and hear the stories of its famous visitors. Wander through the garden as the autumn colour starts to appear, see the writing hut and pick your own apples from the orchard.