Visiting the house at Tyntesfield

We're delighted to be welcoming visitors back to enjoy some of the finest rooms on the ground floor of the house.

The doors have been closed and the windows shuttered for the longest period since the Trust took on Tyntesfield in 2002. 

A skeleton team of staff have been caring for the collection throughout lockdown. Their daily tasks include vacuuming the miles of corridors, dusting fire and security sensors, controlling pests and ensuring the house and collection are kept in best possible condition, ready for the day we reopened to visitors again. 

Your visit 

Visitor numbers will be limited so not all those who book a visit to the property will be able to view the house. We know people will be disappointed if that's the case but we ask for your support and patience as we open in the safest manner possible. 

The route is limited, taking in the cloister, library, study, dining room, hall, ante room, oratory and garden porch. No other rooms are open, but we're sure you'll agree that these are some of the finest and most interesting rooms in the house. 

The route will be one way, and we'll ask you to kindly follow the directions of our staff and volunteers who will be ensuring social distancing is possible.

Please watch the video below to get an idea of how your visit will look. 

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What to expect on your next visit to Tyntesfield house

Peer into some of our favourite rooms and step back in time with us at Tyntesfield house once more. Open every day from 11am - last entry at 4:15pm.

Key information:

  • The house is open from 11am - last entry at 4:15pm, closing at 4:30pm.
  • Admission to the house is included with your pre-booked ticket, on a first come, first served basis
  • We can't guarantee entry, and will be limiting numbers for everyone's safety. 
  • Please bring a face covering
  • Large backpacks and buggies must be left outside. We cannot currently offer locker space. 
  • One-way system in place
  • A limited route, showing seven ground floor rooms/areas

A taste of the house

Visitors walking through the cloisters at Tyntesfield

The cloister

After you step through the ornately carved porch (look out for plants still found on the estate), you step through the cloister, with a peek into the hall and ornately carved wooden armoires.

The library

The Library

With thousands of books, Tyntesfield's library would be the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon. The family used to love to put on plays in the bay window at the end.

The ante room at Tyntesfield

The Ante Room

An otherwise seemingly unassuming room, the Ante Room is home to one of Tyntesfield's finest paintings, The Madonna and Child by Giovanni Bellini.

Visitors in the oratory

The Oratory

The Oratory was used for the family's religious services until the purpose built chapel was created.

A view of Tyntesfield house from the estate's parkland in spring

Garden Lobby

As you leave through the back door of the house, look out for the extensive collection of 17th and 18th century Chinese ceramics. Steep stairs? These were to be used by servants rather than the family.

" I feel quite confident in saying that there is now no other Victorian country house which so richly represents its age as Tyntesfield."
- Mark Girouard in 'The Victorian Country House'

A Victorian Gothic home

After buying Tyntes Place for his growing family in 1844, William Gibbs went about making it his own. He remodelled the exterior of the simple regency house into the Gothic extravaganza that exists today and had the interiors richly decorated and furnished by the country's leading craftsmen.

Each of the following three generations left their mark on Tyntesfield, adding to what had been done before and incorporating the latest advances in technology to create a family home that was comfortable and efficient.

Walking routes map

Visiting Tyntesfield: what you need to know

We're delighted to be reopening the garden, woodland and parkland, and parts of the house, with social distancing measures in place. Here's what to expect, and more information on what's open.

Upcoming events

Timed entry to Tyntesfield (19 Oct - 25 Oct)

Sun 25 Oct 2020
13:30-14:00
Book your timed entry to visit Tyntesfield. House open 11-4:30 with last entry at 4:15pm, with limited availability on a first come, first served basis. It is not possible to pre-book admission to the house and entry is not guaranteed.

Timed entry to Tyntesfield (26 Oct - 1 Nov)

Mon 26 Oct 2020
10:00-10:30
Book your timed entry to visit Tyntesfield. House open 11-4:30 with last entry at 4:15pm, with limited availability on a first come, first served basis. It is not possible to pre-book admission to the house and entry is not guaranteed.