Group visits to the made to measure home

People in the gallery

Enjoy our exciting new opportunities for groups to enjoy a visit to Upton and see our wonderful art collection and here the stories of Upton's history as a home 'made to measure' in the 1920s. We’ll host your group’s visit while you are here, so there is always someone around to answer questions and all the admin is taken care of before the day so you can come and simply enjoy the day.

An introduction to Made to Measure Home

This year group visitors are invited to a very special house viewing. Purchased in 1927 by the 2nd Viscount Bearsted, Upton had great potential but was in need of modernisation.

We invite your group to follow the renovations and witness the before and after as the Bearsteds create a made to measure family home, fit to showcase a world class art collection, including works by Bosch, Stubbs, El Greco; as well as fine porcelain.

Every ideal home needs a spectacular feature garden. Lady Bearsted’s passion for plants bloomed, with early spring bulbs, lavish herbaceous planting and thriving kitchen garden, all reflecting in the Mirror Pool.

You can expect…

The personal approach

Every group will have a dedicated Groups Host who will welcome you to Upton, talk to the whole group about your visit and be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions and help you find your way round the site.

A well organised day

As entry to the house is by timed ticket, we will use our experience to ensure your group have time for a relaxed lunch and time to fully enjoy the house and gardens.

Hassle free and high priority

We want your group to have the best day possible at Upton, so we will arrange all payments and ordering in advance of the visit. All refreshments will be served at your tables in the original 1930s kitchen of the house, now an exclusive tea-room for groups. This will provide a private space for your group and this also means you are closer to the house entrance and will avoid waiting in line at the restaurant servery. First Class!

A choice of four different visits

We have developed four new visits for you to choose from. In most instances we ask for larger groups to be divided into two smaller groups for entry to the house and for lunch or afternoon tea.

The Sunrising Morning Visit

Available for groups of 15-60

Arrive early at 10am for coffee and bacon sandwiches or pastries in the Pavilion restaurant before we open to daily visitors. Breakfast is followed by a private guided tour of the house and if your itinerary allows, you can then explore our magnificent gardens.

This is a great option for those wanting to break a journey or with limited time – though of course, once here, you are welcome to stay as long as you want!

A personal Welcome Host will be on hand throughout your visit to help you make the most of your time at Upton.
Price per person:
Members £10 Non-members £20 (to include admission). £50 non- refundable deposit required at time of booking. Balance to be paid 14 days before your visit.

Bearsted’s Best - a full day visit

Available for groups of 15-50.

Arrive at 10:30am for a welcome hot drink and shortbread.  Enjoy a private guided tour of Upton House followed by a two course hot lunch in Iris’s Tearoom, which will be made available exclusively for your group. The group will enjoy a seasonal casserole with a hunk of crusty bread followed by a choice of National Trust baked-on-the-premises cakes. 

There will be time to wander the gardens and even to re-visit the house on a ‘free flow’ basis at your own pace in the afternoon.  There will also be time to visit the ever-popular National Trust shop.  You will have a Welcome Host available to you throughout the visit.
Price per person: Members £15.50 Non-members £25.50 (to include admission). £50 non-refundable deposit required at time of booking.

 The Afternoon Tea visit

Available for groups of 15-50 people, flexible arrival time. 

Enjoy a truly decadent Afternoon Tea with sandwiches, dainties, unlimited tea and coffee. Served in our historic tea room, exclusively available to your group.  We will reserve house visit times for you and you will be free to enjoy our stunning gardens at your leisure.

Price per person: Members £12 Non-members £22 (to include admission) 

Made to Measure

Available for groups of 15-50 people, flexible arrival time.

This light-touch visit allows you to bring a group to Upton to enjoy your day your way. We will reserve tickets for the group to visit the house and our private dining room will be made available exclusively to the group for a period of an hour and a half for them to purchase sandwiches and cakes and enjoy a free filter coffee or cup of tea.  A personal Coach Host will be on hand during your visit to help your group to get the most from their time at Upton.

Price per non-member: £10 (for admission). £50 non-refundable reservation and refreshment fee.

How to book:

  1. Please select which visit you would like from the options outlined.
  2. Download and complete our  booking form (PDF / 0.1MB) download  
  3. Or please call our dedicated booking line on 01295 671122 to check availability for the date you’d like to visit.
  4. We’ll reserve the date and send you more information about bringing a group, such as where to park, and ask for a small deposit to confirm the booking.
  5. We require confirmation of your final numbers and payment for the balance due 14 days before your visit. If you have booked the Bearsted’s Best option please let us know your lunch menu preference at this time.

We are happy to answer any questions so please don't hesitate to ask.