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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.

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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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East Midlands
Lincoln Guildhall
Wed 27th September 2017
Price: 45.00
As one of only four Coloniae, Lincoln was one of the most important cities in Roman Britain, and during the 13th century was the third largest city in England. This is a rare opportunity to experience some of the lesser-known historic features of its fascinating past.
Unfortunately this tour is now fully Booked
Thu 28th September 2017
Price: 43.00
Due to demand, Paul West has kindly organised another visit to this 'Victorian fantasy mansion' (Simon Jenkins).
Unfortunately this tour is now fully booked but, if you wish to be added to the waiting list, please click the link below.
Sun 1st October 2017
Price: 69.00
Relax at Gisborough Hall on the outskirts of Guisborough, the ancient capital of the North Yorkshire Moors, before visiting Skelton Castle.
Holywell House
Thu 5th October 2017
Price: 45.00
HOLYWELL HOUSE dates from the 1700s when it was built using the mellow red brick of the demolished Soberton Manor. A handsome Grade II listed country house in the heart of the South Downs National Park, It was bought by Admiral Lord Anson in 1745 who extended the existing two houses and joined them together.
Maritime Hull, Charterhouse
Thu 5th October 2017
Price: 98.00
A wealth of architectural beauty and maritime heritage await discovery on our two-day exploration of Hull. Enjoy the privileged company of David and Susan Neave, authors of the Pevsner Architectural Guide to Hull.
Thu 5th October 2017
Price: 55.00
Our day begins at Nutbourne Vineyard outside Pulborough with tea, coffee and homemade biscuits.We will then then be taken on a guided tour of the vineyard and winery, with a tasting of a selection of Nutbourne wines in the historic windmill. After a two course lunch at local pub The Rising Sun, we travel 20 minutes to Knepp Castle for a private tour of the main rooms on the ground floor of the house.
Halswell Park
Mon 9th October 2017
Price: 36.00
According to Pevsner, Halswell is ‘one of the most historically significant houses of its period in the country’. The estate has its origins in the 11th century with the principal buildings today comprising a Tudor Manor dating from the mid 16th century, crowned by a spectacular William and Mary mansion house of 1689. After a buffet lunch the owner and team at Halswell will give us a wide ranging tour of the house and grounds.
Inveraray Castle
Tue 10th October 2017
Price: 35.00
Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell. A castle has been standing on the shores of Loch Fyne since the 1400s, although the impressive castle we know today was inspired by a sketch by Vanbrugh, the architect of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard in the 1700s. The foundation stone was laid in 1746 and what followed was the construction - to a design by the architects Roger Morris and William Adam - of a truly modern, baroque, Palladian and Gothic-style castle, architecturally before its time.
Westwood Manor
Wed 11th October 2017
Price: 50.00
IFORD MANOR GARDEN surrounds the medieval manor house and includes a Grade I Italianate garden designed by the architect and landscape gardener Harold Ainsworth Peto who lived here from 1899 to 1933. After lunch at the nearby village pub, we will visit WESTWOOD MANOR for an exclusive private tour of this beautiful 15th century stone manor house.
Bradford City Hall
Wed 11th October 2017
Price: 59.00
Little Germany remains a testimony to the time when Bradford dominated the world's woollen trade. NB: this is a repeat Tour, due to the great popularity of the originally advertised (22 Feb 2017) Tour, which is now fully booked.
Capheaton Hall
Wed 11th October 2017
Price: 35.00
Friends assemble for coffee at 10.30am at this historic Jacobite Grade I Listed house, between Belsay and Wallington, which was designed and built, in 1668, by Robert Trollope for Sir John Swinburne, 1st Baronet. Please note: this booking facility is for Friends only; Members will receive separate notification of the arrangements for booking for this event.
Historic Lifeboat Collection
Wed 18th October 2017
Price: 57.00
We meet at The Historic Dockyard in Chatham for coffee and biscuits before a private guided walking tour of the dockyard. After a two course lunch there will be time to explore the many buildings in the Dockyard.
Mon 23rd October 2017
Price: 88.00
The Jockey Club and Newmarket has been at the heart of racing for over 250 years.
Thu 26th October 2017
Price: 28.00
George Bernard Shaw lived with his mother on the 1st floor of FITZROY HOUSE from 1881-1882. 75 years later, writer, philosopher and founder of Scientology L. Ron Hubbard made the house his London base and wrote many of his best-known works here.
Breamore House
Tue 31st October 2017
Price: 35.00
ALDERHOLT MILL is a picturesque Water Mill on a milling site dating from the 14th century which was worked commercially until 1947 and continues to grind flour since a restoration project in 1987. Our tour will be led by one of the volunteer millers with the opportunity to purchase flour ground at the mill. We will then drive the short distance to the BREAMORE ESTATE for lunch and a private tour of an Elizabethan manor with a fine collection of paintings and furniture.
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