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Below stairs experiences at Osterley Park

The Servant's Hall at Osterley Park and House
Illustrated servants in the servants hall at Osterley House | © © National Trust Images/John Hammond | Ilustration by Hannah Chumbley

This winter at Osterley, we’re shining a spotlight on the servants who once worked at Osterley and called it home. For the start of this year, we’ll be opening the mansion’s basement doors for visitors to see historic rooms, which are usually closed throughout the main season. From family-installations in the basement packed with fun-filled activities for all ages to enjoy, to guided tours around the ‘below stairs’ rooms, visit Osterley this winter for a new Georgian experience.

From family-installations in the basement packed with fun-filled activities for all ages to enjoy, to guided tours around the ‘below stairs’ rooms, visit Osterley this winter for a new Georgian experience.

‘At your service’ – A new installation

Saturday 11 November 2023 – 25 February 2024 | 11am-3.30pm

Time travel back to the 18th century and step into the shoes of Osterley’s House servants and guests.

Experience what their lives once were 'below stairs' and discover the mansion's basement floor with themed and interactive activities for all the family to enjoy.

Dress up like a footman along the way (don’t forget to pad out your stockings to make your calves look bigger!), or try your hand at re-creating a Regency hairstyle, or put your culinary skills to the test and create your very own Georgian-inspired menu for the Child family. 

This new immersive and playful exhibition brings the past to life and explores what it’s like to live, and work in the ‘Palace of Palaces’. Moving through the rooms, visitors will discover the upper and lower servants from 1787, not just their roles and status, but their names, clothes, and something of their day-to-day life.

Over the festive season, we’ll be bringing the outdoors indoors with the Servants Hall decorated with green garlands flickering candles aplenty. 

Open 11am-3.30pm Wednesday – Sunday with no need to pre book.

Please note that normal admission applies. Free entry for members.

‘Below stairs' Guided Tour

Wednesday 8 November 2023 – 25 February 2024

This winter we’ll be heading downstairs to mansion's basement floor. Historic rooms, which are usually closed throughout the main season will be exclusively open for visitors throughout the season.

Join our tour guides as they take you through parts of Osterley’s house and history which often remain unseen. From the once bustling kitchen to the stewards room and beer cellar, our Below Stairs tours offer a chance to learn more about the world of those who called Osterley’s basement home.

There will be 4 tours per day running between Wednesday – Sunday, all led by our knowledgeable volunteer guides.

*Please note changes to tour dates and times may occur due to volunteer availability. We aim to notify all changes and important updates via our website and social media pages.

Tours will start at 11am, 12pm, 1.15pm and 2.15pm, with each tour lasting an hour.

Pre-booking is not necessary, just pick up your tour ticket from the kiosk. Please note that normal admission applies. Free entry for members.