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Booking your visit to Shute Barton

The exterior of Shute Barton showing the staircase tower and driveway
The exterior of Shute Barton | © National Trust Images/James Williams

Shute Barton is open in 2023 on 6 and 7 June, 8 and 9 July, 10 and 11 October, and 11 and 12 November, for pre-booked tours only. Booking will open on Thursdays, approximately two weeks before each two-day slot. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Shute Barton for an informative tour with time to wander around the garden at your leisure at the end. Here’s some information about what to expect when you visit.

How to book

You can visit Shute Barton for a guided tour eight days a year when it is open for pre-booked tours only.

  • The first tour is at 9.45am and the last one at 1.45pm.
  • The tour lasts approximately 50 minutes.
  • There is a maximum of 12 people per tour.

All visitors need to book a place on a tour in advance, including members.

Entry is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay when booking.

Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged 5 or under as they don't need a ticket.

Bookings are for your use only and are not available for resale.

We'll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email.

Tickets are released every Thursday morning, for two weeks in advance.

Book your visit

Check availability and book your visit to Shute Barton

Changing your booking

If you set up an account when you made your booking, you will be able to amend the date/time of your booking online up to 24 hours before the date of your visit, or by calling 0344 249 1895

If you are a member and can no longer attend, please let us know by giving us a call on 0344 249 1895

Child exploring a door in the courtyard at Shute Barton, Devon
Child exploring Shute Barton | © National Trust Images/Trevor Ray Hart

When you arrive

Once you have parked please walk up the drive and you will see the entrance to Shute Barton on your right. A member of the team will be here to welcome you.

Please arrive within your 10-minute entry slot so that the tour can begin promptly.

Tour times

  • 9.45 – 10.35
  • 10.15 – 11.05
  • 11.00 -11.50
  • 11.30 – 12.20
  • 12.15 – 13.05
  • 13.00 – 13.50
  • 13.45 – 14.35

If you’re more than 10 minutes late for your arrival slot, then entry will be at the discretion of the property team.

Arrival tips

Please have your ticket to hand and show it to any member of the team who asks for it when you arrive. If you are a member, we'll also ask for you to show your membership card.

If you find yourself arriving early you can visit St Michael’s church which is just a couple of minutes walk from Shute Barton. The church has a fascinating history with lots of links to the families who lived at Shute. They also provide delicious refreshments and a toilet for visitors to the house on tour days.

Family visiting the house on a guided tour at Shute Barton, Devon
Family on a guided tour at Shute Barton, Devon | © National Trust Images/Trevor Ray Hart

What will you see and do on your tour?

Find out all about what you'll see in Shute Barton.

  • The first ten minutes of the tour takes place outside and focuses on the architecture and the early history of the house.
  • The tour then continues into the kitchen which hasn't changed much since the 1700s.
  • You will then be guided through the sitting room to the smart staircase hall and up to the bedrooms.
  • Discover more about the families that have called Shute their home.
  • For many the highlight of the tour is ascending a spiral staircase to the top ‘attic’ room with its impressive ceiling.
  • Finally, you will descend to the dining room where the tour finishes.
  • Exit through the tranquil garden and orchard which you are welcome to enjoy at your leisure.
The wooden spiral staircase with rope stair banister at Shute Barton, Devon

Book your visit

Shute Barton is open for guided tours. Members can book for free, while non-members need to pay when booking. People who arrive and haven't booked will be turned away.

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