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Volunteering at West Wycombe Park

A young volunteer room guide
A young volunteer room guide | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Volunteer in amazing surroundings, make new friends and know that you’re helping an important conservation cause – three great reasons to join us here at West Wycombe Park. Find out more about the many ways to get involved, whether you have a few hours to spare or want to volunteer on a regular basis.

What do volunteers do?

Whether you want to volunteer a few hours a week or on a monthly basis, there are many ways you can contribute at this historic place.

Here are a few of the volunteer roles available at West Wycombe Park:

Tour guides

If you love history as much as we do, you’ll know how exciting it is to share your passion with others.

Tour guides use their knowledge, storytelling skills and love of the past to bring the story of the Dashwood family and home to life. Share with visitors the lavish décor, hellfire scandal and amusing anecdotes to help provide an entertaining and memorable tour.

Room guides

As a room guide you’ll be helping to bring West Wycombe Park to life through the conversations you have with visitors, telling authentic stories about the house, its history and collections, and providing a warm and friendly experience for everyone.

Visitor welcome volunteer

If you enjoy meeting and greeting people then this is the role for you.

As a visitor welcome volunteer, you will work as part of a friendly team to greet visitors at the main entrance to the site and help them make the most of their day out.

You’ll provide an informative and cheerful welcome, find out what visitors want and need, help with orientation and get them started on their journey.

The east facade of the Palladian mansion at West Wycombe Park, showing pillars and sash windows.
The east facade of the Palladian mansion | © National Trust Images/Hugh Mothersole

Why join us?

There are lots of reasons to join us; making the move to volunteer could be the best decision you ever make.

  • Become part of a friendly and dedicated team
  • Meet people from all walks of life and forge new friendships
  • Utilise your existing skills and learn new ones
  • Strengthen your CV and help to develop your career
  • Enjoy the great outdoors
  • Learn about the history of this special place.

How to get involved

Our fantastic team of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers are at the heart of what we do at West Wycombe Park, whether it’s providing a warm welcome at reception or sharing the history of the mansion with our visitors.

To search and apply for a volunteer role, please visit the volunteering website or give us a call on 01494 755571 to find out more.

Thank you

Thank you to all our volunteers who give their time to support the National Trust in many different roles.

A volunteer talks to two visitors, indicating something on the wall


Our volunteers make our work to look after nature and history for future generations possible. Learn more about the volunteering opportunities available and hear a selection of their stories to find out what it's like to volunteer with us.

Three ramblers, the middle one on a mobility scooter, come towards the camera

Supporter groups 

Our supporter groups are a great way of getting involved with your local place. Find out more about how you can join in.

A volunteer talking to a visitor at Wightwick Manor and Gardens, West Midlands

Frequently asked questions on volunteering 

These frequently asked questions should give you all you need to know about who can volunteer, what it involves and how to apply.

Visitors on a group garden tour at Hughenden, Buckinghamshire

Supporter groups in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire 

Find out about the work of local National Trust volunteering and supporter groups and how to join a group near you.

A row of red brick houses in West Wycombe Village, Buckinghamshire, which comprises examples from the 16th to 18th centuries

Our work at West Wycombe 

Find out about recent projects to preserve the landscape gardens of the West Wycombe estate, the village’s historic buildings and the rare habitats on the hill.

Two visitors sitting on a bench by the lake at West Wycombe Park, looking towards the mansion house.

History of West Wycombe Park, Village and Hill 

Learn about this historic village, the aristocratic owners of the manor house and the legacy of Sir Francis Dashwood, founder of the notorious Hellfire Club.

The Music Temple at West Wycombe Park with swans and ducks on the lake in the foreground.

Visiting the garden at West Wycombe Park 

Explore these 18th-century landscape gardens, home to numerous classically inspired ornamental temples, statues and water features, each with a story to tell.

The east facade of the Palladian mansion at West Wycombe Park, showing pillars and sash windows.

Things to do in West Wycombe Park House 

Explore eight opulently decorated rooms complete with painted ceilings, marble walls and ornate fireplaces, family heirlooms, portraits and hand-crafted furniture.