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Booking your visit to Paycocke's House

Visitors in the Parlour at Paycocke's House and Garden, Essex
Visitors in the Parlour at Paycocke's House and Garden | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Explore the unexpected at Paycocke’s. Entry to the house is by guided tours, led by passionate and knowledgeable volunteers, which will reveal the hidden treasures and stories of the house. To guarantee your preferred time slot you may wish to book a tour in advance. Find out how, here.

How to book

The house is open for guided tours. Please check the opening times for further information. To guarantee a place on one of our tours you may wish to book in advance.

  • Entry is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay in advance.
  • Entry to the gardens and tea-room is free, and does not need to be pre-booked.
  • Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged five or under as they don't need a ticket.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your guided experience begins.
  • 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.

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

When you arrive

When arriving at Paycocke's please have your ticket ready to show our staff either on your phone or a printed copy. If you’re a member, you’ll also need to show your membership card. You'll be asked to show these at our visitor entrance.

Please arrive 10 minutes before your guided experience to allow the tour to start promptly. Sadly, if you're late, we won’t be able to guarantee you entry.

Visiting the garden

Enjoy a stroll around the tranquil garden, enjoying spring blooms and peaceful spaces to picnic and play. Entry to the garden, tea-room and second-hand bookshop is free, and you don't need to pre-book in advance.

View of the windows and wisteria growing on the exterior of Paycocke's House, Essex

Book your visit

Please note you need to book tickets to Paycocke's House. You can book for today up until 8am. Every Thursday time slots will be available for the next 14 days.

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