Not in London, but worth flagging up as the Longford Castle is a private estate that’s only open for a few tours each year.

Longford Castle is an example of what’s called an Elizabethan prodigy house – a huge richly decorated house designed to impress a Queen, and paid for from the proceeds of a wreak from the Spanish Armada. A touch over 300 years ago it was bought by William Bouverie, 1st Earl of Radnor and has been the family seat of the Earls of Radnor ever since.

(c) Longford Estate

Unlike many other grand homes that had to let the public inside for tours to pay their way, Longford Castle is only open to the public for pre-booked tours on a handful of days each year.

Tickets are £14 per person, and the tours take place in the afternoons, are for up to 20 people and last about 2 hours.

Tickets are sold exclusively through the National Gallery (on behalf of the Estate) – and are available here.

(ignore the list of Fully Booked dates on the main page and click on the blue choose date button to see the dates that do have tickets)

As Longford Castle is about 4 miles from Salisbury town centre, the ticket price includes being collected by minibus from Salisbury train station at 1:30pm. You will need to bring photographic ID with you and photography is only allowed in the gardens, not in the house.

Tours for 2022 are on the following date:

  • Monday, 14 March 2022
  • Tuesday, 15 March 2022
  • Wednesday, 16 March 2022
  • Thursday, 17 March 2022
  • Friday, 18 March 2022
  • Thursday, 21 April 2022
  • Friday, 22 April 2022
  • Saturday, 23 April 2022
  • Monday, 25 April 2022
  • Tuesday, 26 April 2022
  • Monday, 9 May 2022
  • Tuesday, 10 May 2022
  • Wednesday, 11 May 2022
  • Thursday, 12 May 2022
  • Friday, 13 May 2022
  • Thursday, 21 July 2022
  • Friday, 22 July 2022
  • Saturday, 23 July 2022
  • Sunday, 24 July 2022
  • Monday, 25 July 2022
  • Tuesday, 26 July 2022
  • Monday, 29 August 2022
  • Tuesday, 30 August 2022
  • Wednesday, 31 August 2022
  • Thursday, 1 September 2022
  • Friday, 2 September 2022
  • Saturday, 3 September 2022
  • Sunday, 4 September 2022

(weekends highlighted)

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