Sold Out: Behind-the-scenes evening house tours
Back by popular demand, on these exclusive and atmospheric tours, you can explore 14th-century cellars, Tudor attics and even walk on the newly restored roof of this historic mansion. You’ll also have the opportunity to wander the visitor route through the house at night time before enjoying a glass of prosecco in the staircase hall.
The tours run 6-7.45pm on 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 October and 7, 14, 21 & 28 November. Tickets cost £30 (non-refundable) and must be booked on 01256 883858.
Please note this event has now sold out.
Full event description:
Enter the grounds via the main gravel driveway leading up to the mansion. A member of the team will show you where to park. After this, you’ll go into the house through the main front door and meet the rest of the group in the staircase hall. You can leave any bags here but take a coat with you.
During this tour, you’ll descend the uneven stairs into the 14th century cellars in the belly of the house. Here you can see the last remaining gothic windows which evaded conversion into sash windows in the Georgian period. At the far end, look out for the nook with a medieval vaulted ceiling.
Opposite the earliest depiction of Henry VIII in Flemish stained glass, you’ll visit The Vyne’s chapel gallery. It was at this exact spot in October 1535 that the feisty Tudor monarch once knelt in prayer. From this lofty vantage point you can look down at the altar and 16th-century choir stalls.
You’ll also get to visit The Vyne’s two towers, encompassing a flat that used to belong to a member of the team as well as archive, artefact and other storage rooms.
You’ll then put on a hard hat, head torch and high visibility jacket (provided) and the team will take you into the attic. Beneath a sloped ceiling with low-hanging beams, you’ll be shown various witch marks and a large heavy key excavated from the attic space above the staircase hall.
From the attic space, you’ll climb sideways through a hatch to emerge onto the central valley of the roof. Watch your step as the roof surface has ridges and levels. This area is away from the edge of the building and there are no drops. Here, you can see the new tiles on The Vyne’s roof and the (now straightened) chimneys.
When everyone’s ready, you’ll be taken back down and led to an area laid out with light refreshments including a glass of bubbly. Don’t forget your belongings on your way out.
We hope to see you on one of the tours very soon.
Because of the adventurous nature of the tour, you’ll need to be aged 15 or over. You’ll be asked to complete a disclaimer form if you’re aged 18 or over while those of you aged 15-17 will need a parent or legal guardian to sign a consent form.