Last chance to explore the rooftop walkway

The Vyne rooftop walkway during a £5.4 million restoration project

This is your last call to see this usually off-limits part of the mansion before 41 miles of scaffolding comes down marking the end of a £5.4m roof project. See conservation in action and admire views of the estate. Open daily until 28 February 11am-3pm with last entry at 2.30pm. Normal admission applies.

While you still can, investigate the highlight of this major project. At the site visited by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in 1535, ascend the scaffolding and see the work to The Vyne's roof as it nears completion.

Viewing points enable you to get an insider’s view of the project as well as vistas of The Vyne Estate including the wetlands and parkland.

Visitors take in the view on The Vyne's rooftop walkway.
Visitors take in the view on The Vyne's rooftop walkway.

Accessing the walkway

Please check for temporary notices regarding access to the rooftop walkway at the top of The Vyne's homepage. You'll also find our opening times, prices, directions, facilities and access information, by clicking on the boxes at the top of the same page.

The rooftop walkway is included in the admission price and is accessible daily until 28 February between 11am and 3pm. Last entry is at 2:30pm. 

The walkway is wheelchair and buggy accessible. Children and adults of all ages are welcome to take a look. 

As the walkway is popular, expect queues. If you have a timed ticket for the house, we recommend you visit inside the house first and come back later to do the walkway.

With its own lift and wheelchair-friendly route, the walkway provides access for everyone
Visitors on the rooftop walkway at the Vyne, Hampshire

Safety bits

For your safety, the rooftop walkway has a maximum capacity of 80 visitors. We monitor this by giving you a yellow flourescent vest to wear.

If the vests run out, please be patient while we wait for visitors to come back down. The capacity of 80 is subject to volunteer availability and may be reduced on certain days where necessary.

Each visitor is given a yellow vest to wear.
A photo of a young girl on The Vyne's rooftop walkway

Where to find the entrance to the rooftop walkway 

On arrival, go through Visitor Reception and make your way up to the house. Enter the tunnel and walk to the far end where you'll find the visitor lift and stairs. 

What to do when you're at the top

Once on the rooftop walkway, just follow the one-way system and have a good, long look. Our volunteers in orange vests are also on hand to answer any questions you might have.

Our friendly volunteers are on hand to answer any questions you might have.
Our friendly volunteers are on hand to answer any questions you might have.

If you'd like more detail, the article below takes you through exactly what to expect when you visit:

Find out all about The Vyne's project on our rooftop walkway.

What to expect on the walkway

Here is some key information about the rooftop walkway so you know what to expect when you arrive.

Below, timelapse footage shows tiles being fitted to the roof of the Oak Gallery.

Coin-drop

Located on the rooftop walkway, you can announce your support for The Vyne roof project by dropping coins down a special chute. Listen out for the clang of a cymbal as your donation reaches the bottom.

Last chance to 'Tag-a-Tile'

If you would like to leave your mark on the Vyne you can tag and handmade roof tile for a suggested donation of £5. You can read more about this in the article below:

A photo of a boy tagging a roof tile during The Vyne roof project.

Last chance for you to 'Tag-a-Tile'

This is your last chance to make your mark on The Vyne. Up until 28 February, you can write a message or draw a picture on a tile to go on the new roof for a suggested donation of £5. Tag-a-Tile gift vouchers are also available. Join us by the entrance to the rooftop walkway 11am-3pm with last entry at 2.30pm.