Discover more on a tour

Visitors on a tour at Standen

There's a lot more to Standen than first meets the eye. For those of you who want to delve a little deeper, join one of our tours to see behind the scenes, learn more about the family who lived here or just discover the hidden corners of the property and the landscape it resides in. To check whether any of these tours are running prior to your visit please contact the office on 01342 323029.

Through Servants' Eyes tours

On weekdays in January 2018, when the house will be closed for vital conservation work, join a tour to see Standen from a different perspective. Find out how Standen was ahead of its time and experience a small selection of the public rooms through the eyes of a servant.

Monday to Friday, 4 – 31 January 2018, 11am-2.30pm (House open free-flow at weekends, 11am-3.30pm). Tours are complimentary and last an hour, but normal admission charges apply and spaces are limited. Tickets will be available from Visitor Reception on arrival. This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 10. Please bear in mind that there are a lot of stairs included in this tour. 

Admire the views from the water tower at Standen on a Tower Tour
Tower tour at Standen
Admire the views from the water tower at Standen on a Tower Tour

Tower tours

Enjoy the spectacular views of the Sussex High Weald from the top of our water tower. Visitors can also hear about the history of the garden, the arts and crafts principles employed in its design, a brief history of the water tower, plus how the Beale family enjoyed their outdoor space.

Tours run every Saturday and Sunday, except through the months of June, July and August due to maternity roost of bats in the roof space and are dependent on volunteer availability. To check whether tours are running prior to your visit please contact the office on 01342 323029. This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 10. Tours are complimentary, but normal admission charges apply and spaces are limited. Tickets will be available from Visitor Reception on arrival. Please bear in mind that there are a lot of stairs included in this tour.  

The newly restored Rosery at Standen
Standen Garden Rosery
The newly restored Rosery at Standen

Tours of the garden 

Inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement, Mrs Beale developed her hillside garden so that it looked like a natural part of the High Weald landscape. Having recently been restored as part of a five year project, the Garden is at its best ever. Tours run all year-round depending on volunteer availability. Check with our team when you arrive on property to find out what is running on the day, or call ahead of your visit on 01342 323029.

Taster Tours

On weekdays in November 2018 the house will be closed to allow us to prepare for Christmas. During this time, you’ll be able to join a taster tour of the house at Standen.

This tour will take you through the main showrooms of the house, where your tour guide will tell you stories of what it was like when the Beale family called Standen their home.

1 – 23 November 2018 (Monday to Friday), 11am-3pm (House open free-flow at weekends, 11am-3.30pm). Tours are complimentary and last c. 45 minutes, but normal admission charges apply and spaces are limited. Tickets will be available from Visitor Reception on arrival.