May half-term at The Vyne

A family enjoy views from The Vyne's rooftop walkway

This May half-term, you can get into the nooks and crannies of The Vyne roof project. All ages can wander the rooftop walkway. With a chance to meet Oxford researchers and handle custom-built scientific equipment, families can get to the heart of the project saving this former Tudor palace.

A photo shows a boy tagging a tile in aid of The Vyne roof project


We're rescuing this former Tudor palace once visited by Henry VIII and you can be part of this major project. For a suggested donation of £5, you can put your own message on the underside of one of 71, 000 handmade tiles that will go on our roof for centuries to come. Every tile helps us to save The Vyne.

Find out more about Tudor animals on our trail

Children’s Tudor animal trail

Deer, horses and falcons are just some of the creatures you may have seen if you’d visited The Vyne in 1535. See if you can spot the animals that played an important part in Tudor life as you explore the gardens.

Girl holding a geocaching GPS device

Tudor geocaching challenge

Intrepid explorers can cast themselves back to the sixteenth century with our unique Tudor-themed geocaching trail. Simply download the Geocaching® app from

Old tiles on The Vyne's roof

Oxford Rock Breakdown Laboratory

For the first time, scientists are analysing building materials from the roof. To get closer to the action on 1-2 July, you can work alongside researchers from the Oxford Rock Breakdown Laboratory using cutting edge technology.

Aphoto of Amanda Sutherland, Project Conservator

Meet the project specialist- Project Conservator

Enjoy a 'behind-the-scenes' experience with our project conservator Amanda Sutherland on 28 June (2-3pm). You'll be taken on a tour of the house to hear how the team have protected precious interiors during this challenging roof project.