Welcome tours

Volunteer guide Michael and his dog Wolfie at Montacute House

A glittering Elizabethan Renaissance masterpiece, a place that must have seemed wonderful beyond the dreams of those who lived nearby.

An Elizabethan courtier no longer needed to defend his castle, but could build a house as a symbol of power and a statement of wealth. Sir Edward Phelips built his splendid house of stone and glass to face east, dominating what was then the Ilchester-Ham Hill public road.

Join an Elizabethan Welcome tour to find out more about this masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and its immediate surroundings, some of which are no longer visible today

Tours are scheduled every day at 11.30am and 1pm, but can be subject to change so please ask at reception upon arrival for further details.