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

Clwb Clonc

Thu 26 Apr 2018
10:00-11:00
We'll be joined by Coleg Gwent every Thursday during term time for a coffee and a cake and a chance to practice your Cymraeg.

Conservation in Action

Wed 02 May 2018
12:00-15:00
Curious about how we look after this house and its collection? Find out what it takes to look after this special place; talk to our conservation team about the work they do and see them in action in their workroom within the house.

Garden Highlights

Fri 04 May 2018
10:30-15:00
Always been intrigued about the history of our gardens? Fancy learning a bit more about what we have growing in the boarders or just want to pick our gardener's brains?

Kayaking on the lake

Sat 05 May 2018
10:00-17:00
Head out on our beautiful lake for a kayaking session this Bank Holiday weekend. In partnership with Channel Kayaks, we're helping you to see Tredegar House from a unique perspective.

29th Tredegar House Folk Festival

Sat 12 May 2018
11:00-17:00
Two days of international music, song and dance at the Tredegar House 29th annual folk festival.

My Song My Story Exhibition Launch

Sat 19 May 2018
15:30-16:30
#Mysongmystory is a social exploration of people's favourite song and the story behind them.