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Friends Tours & Events

Our volunteer Regional Friends Representatives organise special visits to houses, gardens and other places of interest, some not usually open to the public. These events are open to Members and Friends of the Association only.  They are advertised in the Tours & Events supplement of Historic House magazine.

Find your Tour here!

All Friends Tours are now booked online or by phone.  Each Tour includes a link to an online booking form, or you can book by calling 01946 690823 (lines are open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).

Use the Search option below to find Tours by 'Title' (i.e. the destination); start date; or Region (click the + sign for a list of Regions).

The opening dates for bookings vary according to which Tour you want to book - dates are specified for each Tour in the supplement.  A Tour will not appear on this website until it is 'live' for bookings.  Therefore, if you are interested in a Tour which is not yet open for bookings, it will not yet be on this site, nor will it be available for booking by phone.

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Wed 31st January 2018
Price: 54.00
A tour of the medieval city, lunch, and access to areas not usually open to the public.
Sun 4th February 2018
Price: 25.00
Croydon Airport served Britain in both war and peace and during the 1920s and 30s was one of the world’s major international airports. A guided tour includes the world’s oldest Air Traffic Control Tower.
Wed 21st February 2018
Price: 52.00
Visit the Hospital of St Cross and Winchester College, and enjoy a pub lunch and tea and cake.
Thu 1st March 2018
Price: 69.00
A walking tour of Bradford's textile industry heritage with a talk and lunch.
Wed 7th March 2018
Price: 55.00
Explore the home of famous Victorian sculptor GF Watts and his wife Mary and the Arts & Crafts artists' village and chapel they created together. Bookings open 26 January.
Brockworth Court
Heart of England
Thu 8th March 2018
Price: 40.00
Medieval family home with later additions, not normally open to the public. Includes lunch with wine.
Mon 12th March 2018
Celebrate 300 years of Thomas Chippendale in Yorkshire with expert lectures and unrivalled access to public and private collections throughout the region. A feast of Georgian fine art and furniture. Five days of tours that can be booked separately or all together. Click 'read more' to see individual prices; click Book Online to reserve stand-alone days.
Wed 21st March 2018
Price: 52.00
On Durham's river-girt peninsula, we visit St Chad's College, in the lee of the Cathedral, and the Deanery, kindly hosted by the Dean of Durham. Includes buffet lunch and other refreshments.
Fri 23rd March 2018
Price: 55.00
The River Mersey is the lifeblood of Liverpool. Vist the Queensway Tunnel and see the Three Graces from a, "ferry, across the Mersey." Includes lunch.
Wed 28th March 2018
Price: 60.00
Visit the 17th century Merchant's House and the world-renowned Marlborough College. Includes coffee and lunch.
Wed 28th March 2018
Price: 32.00
Combine a tour of Charles Barry's and Augustus Pugin's iconic symbol of democracy with a chance to lunch and explore in the spiritual home of the 19th century Liberal party. Bookings open 16 February.
Brighton i360
South East
Tue 10th April 2018
Price: 63.00
See behind the scenes at ancient Preston Manor, a country house in the city; then soar to 162m for panoramic views of Brighton and the surrounding area from the i360 viewing platform on the seafront.
Gardens of Grantham
East Midlands
Tue 10th April 2018
Price: 45.00
Catch two gorgeous gardens in southern Lincolnshire at their springtime reawakening. Includes lunch and afternoon tea.
Civic Nottingham
East Midlands
Thu 12th April 2018
Price: 45.00
See three great nineteenth- and twentieth-century symbols of Nottingham's pride as a great city: the Theatre Royal, Royal Concert Hall, and Council House. Includes lunch and refreshments.
Southwell Minster
East Midlands
Tue 17th April 2018
Price: 45.00
A Romanesque marvel, Southwell Minster is a unique gem, built as part of a monastic foundation but now the Cathedral church of Nottingham. Includes lunch and other refreshments.
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