Making the most of your visit to Townend

The house is open Wednesday – Sunday (March to October) from 1–4pm for all visitors. We offer guided tours at 11am and 12noon with limited spaces on a first-come first-served basis. The small garden, with benches to sit, eat a picnic and enjoy the view is open every day from 10am. So when is the best time to visit?

Weekend v weekday

You might be surprised to know that we are quietest at weekends – the house and gardens are a great place to take some time away from the summer crowds and there are always knowledgeable Volunteer Room Guides on hand to make your visit interesting and answer any questions you have. Wednesdays and Thursdays are our busiest days and the guided tours go fast. 

During the day

The door opens at 11am for the first guided tour, and the second is at 12noon. These are limited to 15 spaces and on a first-come first-served basis. The house then opens at 1pm to visitors to walk freely from room to room. You’ll have chance to chat to the Volunteer Room Guides and spend as much time as you need discovering the stories behind this traditional farmhouse and the Browne family. During the day the quietest time is from 2pm onwards, so that's the best time to come if you want the fewest people around.

We've got picnic benches outside too - both near the car park - and you're welcome to bring along your lunch or a bite to eat and enjoy it at one of the tables. On a sunny day, the benches are a lovely, quiet spot to enjoy the view.

The door closes at 4.30pm, giving you half an hour to wrap up your visit before the house shuts for the night. The rooms are decorated with carved mahogany furniture, original art, textiles and there’s a library with over 1,500 books, 44 of which are the only remaining copies in the world.