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Visiting the house at Coughton Court

June scaffolding at Coughton Court
June scaffolding from the back lawn | © National Trust/Amy Bromage

Coughton Court has been home to the Throckmorton family for over six centuries, and they still live here today. On a visit to Coughton, you can wander around most of the house, enjoy the fascinating collections and discover some of the family's secrets.

Project work at Coughton Court

Throughout the summer months visitors noticed lots of projects starting to take shape around the stable yard, café and the house here at Coughton.

Firstly, we have installied a new fire alarm system, bringing our current system up to date with the latest model. This essential work will help to protect the house, collections, and the people that live, work, volunteer and visit here for years to come.

Also, during this time, the team moved and packed collection items in the house as we prepare for another exciting project which started in the autumn.

We now have a dedicated page 'Through the Roof Project - Future pROOFing Coughton' which we be updating regularly with news and updates on the projects as they progress as well as updates on what you can expect from your visit.

Every penny spent at Coughton helps us to look after and support the care of this special place. Thank you for your support.

Through the Roof Exhibition Space

From the 29 February visitors are invited to immerse themselves into the new interactive Through the Roof exhibition. Located in the Coach House visitors can dive deeper into the £3.3 million project learning all about the behind the scenes secrets. Hear from the experts that are supporting the project in the new behind the scenes video. Explore life as a Coughton Court bat in the new bat cave complete with sounds and smells. Get up close to various samples used from the project including bricks, slates and tiles. Plus there are plenty of interactive activities all ages can get involve with including finding the historical people on the Tabular, taking part in the Coughton Court coin drop and making your very own Coughton Court bat to take home.

Exhibition Space in the Coach House
Exhibition Space in the Coach House | © National Trust/Amy Bromage

The House at Coughton Court

Please be aware that due to the Through the Roof project some of the rooms in the house are looking a little different right now. To explore more about the Through the Roof: FuturepROOFing Coughton Court head over to our dedicated page Through the Roof: FuturepROOFing Coughton Court | National Trust

All the open rooms highlight each generation that lived in the house and sharing stories that may not have been heard before. Here are some of the rooms you can explore during your visit, and some interesting highlights to look out for including our theme for the year "Creatures of Coughton"

The Front Hall

The Front Hall is the start of a visit to the house at Coughton. It originally served as the gatehouse passageway and was open at both ends.

In the 1780s, the 4th Baronet turned it into a room decorated in the Gothic style. The ceiling was given a fine fan vault and the walls lined out to resemble masonry, although the whole effect was in fact created from plaster rather than stone.

On your visit, you may be lucky enough to hear the longcase clock chime. It was a 21st birthday present to Sir Robert Throckmorton, 11th Baronet, in 1929.

Panelled Dining Room

The Panelled Dining Room has been transformed into portrait store for the duration of the project for their protection.

The new house experience now opened allows visitors investigate and learn about the people that lived at Coughton Court and transformed the architecture to what it can been seen as today. Explore the Panelled Dining Room absorb the information about the people and the collection in more detail. Have fun with interactive activities for all ages and don't forget to share your historical dress up pictures with us.

House experience in the panelled dining room
House experience in the panelled dining room | © National Trust/Amy Bromage


The saloon has become the home to Coughton Courts chandeliers; there are 4 chandeliers from different parts of the house to protect them while the Through the Roof project is taking place. This has allowed visitors to get up close to the delicate chandeliers to witness them being conserved by the House and Collections team but also watch them sparkle in a new light display.

The Tower Room

This was probably converted into a makeshift Chapel during Elizabethan times as it was a good vantage point to watch and ensure that they were not discovered during secret Mass.

Both the Tower Room and Roof are currently closed due to the Through the Roof project.

New house experience in the Saloon
New house experience in the Saloon | © National Trust/Amy Bromage

Portraits along the staircase

Please be aware that due to the Through the Roof project some of the rooms in the house are looking a little different right now. To explore more about the Through the Roof: FuturepROOFing Coughton Court head over to our dedicated page Through the Roof: FuturepROOFing Coughton Court | National Trust

The staircase acts as a family tree, with many portraits showing several generations of the Throckmorton family. The earliest are at the bottom and the later generations are shown nearer the top.

The portrait straight ahead as you climb the first flight is of Katherine Vaux who with her husband, Sir George Throckmorton, had 19 children and 112 grandchildren.

Specialist movers have been busy moving all the paintings from the staircase into the racking in the dining room.

Panelled Dining Room

In Elizabethan times, this was probably the great chamber, the principal first-floor reception room, where the Throckmorton's would have entertained important guests.

The room is thought to have become the Dining Room in the early nineteenth century, which cannot have been popular with the household staff, as the kitchen was almost 100 metres away at the opposite corner of the building. Look out for the sixteenth century panelling and oak dole-gate from the convent of Denny.

The family portraits from the staircase have now all been moved into the dining room and placed on specialist conservation racking to keep them safe.

Catholic relics in the Tribune

This room embodies the Throckmorton family’s journey from danger to triumph. Throughout the 1500s and 1600s, the Catholic relics that can be seen here would have been hidden away from public view. Their discovery would have put their owners’ lives at certain risk.

With Catholic Emancipation in 1829, the family were at last free to display their beliefs and their treasures openly, for all to see.

A Tudor Saloon

In the Tudor house this was the great hall, where the whole household would have gathered to eat or be entertained on special occasions. It served as a covert chapel between 1688, when the east wing was ransacked, and 1855, when the Catholic chapel in the park was completed.

The portraits are largely of nineteenth and twentieth century Throckmorton's including Sir John Throckmorton. This room is still used for family celebrations and is also used by the National Trust for functions. The famous Throckmorton coat can be found in here.

Blue Drawing Room

The Blue Drawing Room is on the first floor of the gatehouse, the oldest surviving part of Coughton Court. When new in the 1530s, it would have been one of the most important rooms in the house.

Legend has it that on the 6 November 1605 Lady Digby, the young wife of Gunpowder Plot collaborator, Sir Everard, two Jesuit priests, Fathers Garnet and Tesimond and Nicholas Owen, the man who built the priest hole in the tower, sat in this room waiting to hear the outcome of the conspiracy.

Wall light being dismantled in Blue Room at Coughton Court
Wall light being dismantled in Blue Room at Coughton Court | © National Trust/Abi Chandler

The droplets from the chandeliers have been removed and cleaned up ready for rehanging at the end of the project

Tapestry Bedroom

The Tapestry Bedroom is part of the extension added to the main house by Sir Francis Throckmorton (2nd Baronet) during the late 1600s. Sir Francis inherited Coughton when he was just 9 years old.

Look out for the huge wardrobe known as an armoire, made from walnut during the 1600s, the half tester bed, made from mahogany dating to the Victorian period and the tapestry fragments.

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