Discover secrets of Upton this Heritage Open Days

View of a painitngs gallery showing green or white wall covering on which the paintings are hung

Lord Bearsted became one of the wealthiest men in Britain when he inherited the family fortune – amassed from his father’s development of the Shell Transport and Trading Company. This gave him the funds to buy and re-imagine Upton for the modern age.

Upton House and Gardens are delighted to offer free entry as part of Heritage Open Days. 

The Land Agent will welcome you at the door, and then you are free to explore the rooms and see the story of how a made-to-measure home has been created. From engaging your architect and choosing interior fixtures and fittings to starting the build. For the British people, rich or poor, the idea of home took on new importance after the First World War. 
Relax on the house terrace and sweeping lawn, enjoy the fresh air and views over the fields before discovering the flourishing terraced gardens below. As you meander around the garden and along the straight terraces each direction you walk in gives a new view of the gardens. 

Upton House and Gardens has something rather special for lovers of art - Lord Bearsted’s collection of paintings and porcelain. Discover the treasures collected by Lord Bearsted over his lifetime. From rare porcelain to paintings by a wide variety of famous artists. All on display throughout the house just as they were in Lord Bearsted’s time.

As part of Heritage Open Days this year, we will be launching a new trail ‘Secrets of Upton’. The trail will guide you through the house and gardens helping you to locate interesting and unusual features. In addition for the heritage open day weekend, we will have special access to rooms and doorways which are normally closed to the public.