East Anglia Historic Houses Invitation to View SchemePosted: 2010-04-06
There are hundreds of historic houses around the UK which are regularly open to visitors (for example, Castle Howard, Blenheim Palace, and Audley End House). But there are also hundreds of privately owned historic houses which are only open to the public rarely, usually only by pre-booked group tour.
But what if you aren't part of a group? How can you get a glimpse at some of these wonderful historic houses? Well, over 50 historic houses throughout East Anglia have joined together in a scheme called Invitation to View, which encourages individuals to join a group viewing of some of the finest houses in private hands throughout Essex, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk.
Among the houses which you can see through Invitation to View are Wingfield College, a medieval building that began as a chantry college of priests in 1362. Other houses range from the moated manor of Crows Hall to Georgian gems like Langham Hall and Linden House.
Tours are unique, and are frequently led by the owners of the property. Most tours include tea and light snacks, while others may include lunch, cream tea, or even an all-inclusive three-course lunch. Prices range from £8 for the most basic tours to £42 for tours including a full three-course meal. Most tours last for at least 1 1/2 hours.
The Invitation to View scheme seems like a fantastic way to get to see some of the 'hidden' historic houses of the East Anglia region. For more details see the Invitation to View website.
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