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Booking your visit to Townend

The South front of Townend, a rare intact survival of the house of a family of yeoman farmers in Troutbeck, Cumbria
The South front of Townend, a rare intact survival of the house of a family of yeoman farmers in Troutbeck, Cumbria | © National Trust Images/Matthew Antrobus

Visit between 10am and 2.30pm for a self-led free flow experience or book a guided tour which runs daily at 3pm. Please book in advance online for the tour and arrive 10 minutes before it starts.


Discover more about Townend and the people who lived here on our guided tour. Lasting approximately 45 minutes each tour includes general history, plus we have a special focus on the cooking and collection of books on Thursday and Fridays.

You’ll get to experience the house in a small group of up to 15 people.

  • Townend General History Tour - Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Taste of Townend Tour - Thursday
  • Books and Library Tour - Friday

How to book

Book your place online. The bookable tour is free for National Trust members, please remember to bring your membership card with you when you visit. For non-members it is £9.50 for an adult, £4.75 for children (5-17yrs).

  • Book one ticket per person, except for children aged five or under because they don’t need a ticket.
  • Please arrive 10mins before the tour starts.
  • We'll send your booking confirmation by email.
  • Tickets are released every Thursday for the following two weeks tour dates.

Check availability and book your tour of Townend

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

Please have your booking information ready to show the welcome team. The tours start promptly at 3pm, so please ensure you arrive with enough time before this, as latecomers can't be admitted to the house. You’ll find our welcome team waiting, they’ll tell you a bit about the house as you come in and we’ll also provide some written information which you can take away.

A view of the small library at Townend, with ornate wooden bookshelves on the left wall, a large fireplace on the back wall and a desk and chair to the right

Book your tour

Daily at 3pm. Please book your place in advance. Every Thursday time slots will be released for the next 14 days.

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