Discover new experiences and untold stories
Explore the Victorian chapter of The Vyne’s history and learn about a family dedicated to the mansion’s survival. In an exhibition, ‘Hampshire’s leading citizen’, discover the life and legacy of The Vyne’s last owner, Charles Chute.
Please note that some rooms are closed for routine conservation work.
A brother and sister linked with The Vyne's survival
Caroline and William Wiggett are being celebrated as The Vyne's unexpected rescuers.
Taken on as an adopted niece in 1803, Caroline's legacy comes in the form of her memoirs that offer a rich and relatable window into 19th-century life at the grand house.
William was announced as the surprise heir to The Vyne in 1827. From 1842, he took on an ambitious roof project at great personal cost which ultimately saved the house from falling into disrepair.
Previously closed to visitors, the intimate space of the Larder is now on public view, with its shelves and work surfaces brimming with provisions for a Victorian household.
Now restored to its historical origins, the Housekeeper’s Room has furniture you can sit on and a collection of Victorian costumes for you to try on.
A quick note
Looking after a Tudor mansion that is open to visitors 363 days of the year means that, at some point, we’ll need to carry out cleaning and conservation work while we’re still open.
As far as possible, we try to keep this work in public view, so you can see how your support is helping The Vyne, but sometimes this is not feasible and we have to close off certain parts of the house.
If you're interested in seeing a particular item or room in the house, we recommend you phone ahead of your visit on 01256 883858 to check that this will be possible. Where an item is not on public display, the house team can arrange a free appointment for you to come and see it.