Scaffold Climbs at Tredegar House

A girl wearing hard hat climbs up the scaffolding staircase

Not for the faint-hearted... For the first time ever you will be given unprecedented access to the restoration work taking place at Tredegar House.

In 2017 we’re taking advantage of the scaffolding covering Tredegar House and inviting you to come and experience our 17th-century wonder from a whole new angle.

On these unique tours, Scaffold Climbers will be able to witness the team replacing 35 tonnes of Welsh slate, repairing the dormer windows running the length of the House and the re-pointing and re-building of five of our chimneys among other works. 

You will be invited to a safety briefing before donning a hard hat and a hi-vis vest and tackling the four-storey tower to the building site.

Each tour will be different as our knowledgeable guides share the progress of the roof repairs with you. You will also be able to delve deeper into our history and gain insight into how the House was built and developed over its 500 year history.

There will be access to a viewing platform letting you look out over Oak Avenue to get a sense of the magnitude of the Morgan family’s former estate. Make sure you have a head for heights as you will be 79 feet up!

Scaffold Climbs will not be running on weekends or Bank Holidays as the building site will be closed on these days.

Climb 68 steps to the top of the scaffolding
Visitors climb the scaffolding stairs at Tredegar House
Climb 68 steps to the top of the scaffolding

We aim to run the Scaffold Climbs from Monday 20 February until Friday 1 September; however access to Scaffold Climbs is subject to weather and volunteer staffing.

  • Dates: Monday - Friday, February 20 until September 1.
  • Times: 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm.
  • Booking: Scaffold Climbs cannot be pre-booked due to the nature of the tour. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis at the Visitor Reception.
  • Availability: Spaces are limited each day, with 12 spots per Climb.

Terms and Conditions

  • Climbers under the age of 16 must be a minimum of 1.5m (4’9”) tall.
  • Climbers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult, with no more than 1 child per adult.
  • Climbers must wear sturdy, secure shoes. Ballet pumps, flip flops and heels are not allowed.
  • No baby carriers are allowed.
  • Bags must be left in the secure locker at the beginning of the tour.
  • We advise any cameras are secured with a wrist or neck strap. The National Trust is not responsible for damage to any belongings taken up to the top of the scaffolding.
  • Climbers are responsible for judging their ability to tackle the Scaffold Climb. Please think carefully about whether you are happy with the height and if you a physically capable of climbing the stairs.

Upcoming events

In her shoes

Mon 24 Sep 2018
11:00-16:00
As part of this year’s theme of Women and Power immerse yourself in our herstory as we give a voice back to the women who lived and worked at Tredegar House. We’ve delved into the archives and drawn out tales that have not been heard before now.

Torchlight Tours

Fri 05 Oct 2018
18:00-20:00
Enjoy an after-work pick-me-up in the tearooms before joining our historians on a Tredegar House tour by torchlight.

Cotyledon Food and Craft Market

Sat 06 Oct 2018
10:30-16:00
Enjoy a range of local craft and food stalls in the Brewhouse Courtyard in the run up to Christmas.

Pumpkin Carving

Fri 26 Oct 2018
11:00-15:00
Brush up on your pumpkin-carving skills and get your spooky creation ready in time for Hallowe'en.

Toffee Apple Bar

Sat 27 Oct 2018
11:00-15:00
Pick your apple and choose from a range of decorations to satisfy your sweet tooth.

October Half-Term

Sat 27 Oct 2018
11:00-16:00
Enjoy the changing of the seasons at Tredegar House as we explore all that nature has to offer this October half-term.