Places in the South East where you need to book

Some of our places we care for in the South East of England are accessed by guided tours, so you’ll need to pre-book before your visit. These tours will be led by expert volunteers and will show the places in a new light. You may also need to book in advance at some other larger places, where visitor numbers need to be carefully managed for practical reasons.

The exterior of 2 Willow Road

2 Willow Road

A Modernist home, designed in 1939 for his family by Ernö Goldfinger. With design details that were ground-breaking at the time and still feel fresh today, 2 Willow Road also has an impressive collection of modern art from the likes of Bridget Riley.

The front sitting room mantelpiece at 575 Wandsworth Road, London

575 Wandsworth Road

An extraordinary home and an intriguing work of art. The hand-carved fretwork interior of this modest, early 19th-century, terraced house is enthralling and inspiring.

Acquired because of the rich and striking interiors created by Khadambi Asalache (1935-2006), a Kenyan-born poet, novelist, philosopher of mathematics and British civil servant.

Wisteria in bloom at Ascott


Half-timbered house originating from 1606, transformed by the Rothschilds in the late 19th century, containing superb collections.

Tulips in the front border at Alfriston Clergy House

Alfriston Clergy House

The first building saved forever for the nation by the National Trust

Ashdown House, Berkshire


Unusual Dutch-style house on the Berkshire Downs

Carlyles House exterior

Carlyle's House

Preserved since 1895, Carlyle’s House showcases the lives of the celebrity Victorian couple writer Thomas Carlyle and his wife, Jane. Find out how they influenced high society in the heart of London’s creative quarter. Carlyle's House will re-open for pre-booked visits from Wednesday 30 March

The house at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent


Family home and garden of Sir Winston Churchill. The rooms in the house remain much as they were when he lived here. Chartwell’s hillside gardens reflect his love of landscape and nature. Whilst there is no booking required for the car park or gardens, afternoon tickets to visit the house can be pre-booked via the website.

Clandon Park after the fire

Clandon Park

Follow our progress on one of the UK’s biggest heritage projects as we remake a remarkable ruin

Fenton House exterior from the North Terrace

Fenton House and Garden

Handsome 17th-century house with unusual collections and picturesque walled gardens

Several large portraits by artists including Reynolds and Gainsborough hang against rich red caffoy (velvet) walls, with matching two-seater sofa and chairs in front and a small wooden door to the left


A fascinating destination for a day out. Find out more about Knole, which is nestled in a medieval deer-park and full of hidden treasures.

The house seen from the garden in the summer at Monk's House, East Sussex.

Monk's House

Leonard and Virginia Woolf's 16th-century country retreat

The north face of Mottisfont house, Hampshire


Former Medieval priory Mottisfont sits amidst rolling lawns, surrounded by veteran trees and a stream-fed garden. It is home to the world-famous National Collection of old-fashioned roses.

From 30 May to 2 July (rose season) booking is required for vehicles (not those coming by foot). You do not need to book visits after 3.30pm. Tickets can be booked up to four weeks in advance and until 8am on the day.

A view of the house over the historic rose garden

Nuffield Place

Nuffield Place reveals the surprisingly down-to-earth lives of Lord Nuffield, founder of the Morris Motor Company, and his wife. Their home and personal possessions are just as they left them, the decor and furnishings intact.

Rainham Hall is a historic Georgian House in Rainham, London

Rainham Hall

An elegant Georgian House with a diverse history, peaceful garden and changing exhibitions to explore.

The house and lawn seen from the south east at Red House, London

Red House

Iconic Arts and Crafts home of William and Jane Morris and the centre of the Pre-Raphaelite circle.

Two boats in the river at Dapdune Wharf, the Visitor Centre in the background

River Wey, Godalming Navigations and Dapdune Wharf 

Boat trips from Dapdune Wharf have re-opened and you'll need to book tickets in advance. Ticket charges for boat trips apply to both members and non-members. We'll be releasing boat tickets every Thursday. ​ We're very happy to welcome you back.

Sunny spring at Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle  

Romantic Picturesque garden with a 14th century moated castle and a Victorian country mansion - all in a beautiful wooded estate. To guarantee entry to the car park, please pre-book your parking tickets via the property website.

Little Chamber

Sutton House

Explore this surviving Tudor home in the heart of a thriving East London community.

The Vyne's portico overlooks informal gardens and parkland.

The Vyne 

The Vyne was once an important Tudor ‘power house’, visited by Henry VIII. Today you can still explore the exquisite chapel where Henry would have heard mass. Discover magnificent Palladian architecture and Grand Tour collections too. Outside there are landscaped gardens with beautiful lakeside views.

Booking is in place for 2022 due to an infrastructure project. The Vyne will be closed on specific dates during this project.

The Parterre in the Gardens at Waddesdon


As a Rothchild house and garden, Waddesdon's online system is different to the one used by most other properties and it is possible to book right up until the time you arrive.

Explore the views from the Tulip Folly

Woolbeding Gardens

Nestled in a quiet corner of West Sussex lies a true horticultural haven bursting with colourful planting, sensational views and a whole host of surprises.