Tours & Group Visits
Tours of the Hall and gardens offer visitors an exclusive experience of our heritage. Our expert volunteer tour guides will lead you on a journey through our fascinating history which encompasses 900 years of exploration, discoveries and quirky characters. The oldest building on site dates back to 1285 and is believed to be the oldest domestic building in North Warwickshire. You will also explore our Tudor Jettied Building and Great Hall, the bedroom of the naturalist, John Ray, the old kitchen and our grand Georgian west wing. The Walled Garden and orchard can be found hidden away behind the old cottages and have their own impressive stories to tell too.
Booking a group visit or tour
Pre-booked tour groups will begin their day with tea, coffee and biscuits before being given a short introduction to Middleton Hall. Visitors will then begin their chosen tour which last approximately 1 hour. After the tour, their is free time to explore the Hall, gardens and grounds at your own leisure until 4pm. Guided tours are available throughout the year and groups can choose from a history or garden tour. Alternatively, groups may also choose to just pay standard entry and spend the day exploring the site independently. Please give us a call in advance and coach parking can be arranged.
To book your tour please contact the Hall on 01827 283095 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to visit the Hall before booking your visit, free vouchers are available to two representatives of your group. To request a voucher, please contact the Hall in advance of your visit.
The minimum number for a group is 15 and the maximum is 80. All prices are correct at this time but are subject to change.
Our Group Visits & Guided Tours brochure will be available soon.
2020 price – £11.50 per person
2021 price – £12.50 per person
Price includes your entry to the Hall gardens and grounds, either a history or garden tour and welcome refreshments (hot drink served in takeaway cup).
- We can take guided tour bookings from small groups at this moment in time (up to 15 people) and you will be split into separate tour groups of no more than 6 people to enable social distancing. It is compulsory to wear masks inside the Hall buildings unless you are medically exempt.
- We are accepting bookings for 2021. Middleton Hall Trust always prioritises the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers. We will always follow the government guidance present at the time of your visit, which is likely to include social distancing, smaller group sizes and/or the compulsory wearing of face masks inside the Hall. We will also require the basic contact details (name, telephone number, house number and postcode) of all of your members who are visiting us that day if track and trace is still in place. This update was published on 30.08.2020 so our predictions for 2021 are relevant to the Covid-19 situation as it stands at the time of writing and are subject to change.
- Architecture Tour not available until further notice.
- The Peel Museum is currently open by pre-booked appointment only. We are unsure, at this moment in time, whether the Peel Museum will be open to general visitors in 2021.
- Cancellation policy: If Middleton Hall Trust are unable to go ahead with your planned visit, your deposit will be refunded in full. If Middleton Hall Trust can safely host your visit and you choose not to go ahead, you will lose your deposit of £50. Alternatively, we can hold on to your deposit for up to 15 months so that you can re-book your visit for another date.
- Payment policy: if you wish to pay your deposit by cheque, there is a £1.50 admin fee. We prefer payment by BACS, please get in touch to ask for our bank details. On the day of your visit, if you wish to pay by cheque you must be paying a sum of over £250 or you will be required to pay an admin fee of £1.50. You can pay for the remainder of your visit on the day by BACS or card payment. Cash will be accepted but is not our preferred method of payment.
“We had a lovely day at Middleton Hall last Wednesday. We were welcomed by Victoria, had our tea and coffee and a fun and informative introductory talk from Joanna. Paul and Paula then took us on our Garden Tour, they obviously love the garden and their enthusiasm made the tour a delight. The garden was beautiful and the history brought to life by our guides.” Lynda, Gnosall Phoenix Club, visited June 2019.
“Just a brief note to say many thanks to you and your staff. Everyone from Olton U3A enjoyed our day and although the weather was not the best it did not spoil our day at all. We met Richard in the garden during the morning and his enthusiasm was superb and many of our group said they would like to come back in future for a guided tour of the gardens. The man in the Peel Museum was also very interesting and it was a pity we were running a bit low on time (and energy) when we reached him later in the afternoon.” Rob, Olton U3A, visited June 2019.
“We all thoroughly enjoyed our visit yesterday – the lovely weather did help. Thank you to you and to all your enthusiastic volunteers. You obviously have an excellent group – the guides, catering and the (unseen) gardeners worked hard for us. I know that some of us will be making a return visit.” Janet, Friends of Nottingham Museums, visited May 2019.
“Thank you very much for organising our visit yesterday – everything was very efficient and as planned. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their visit. Can you please also pass on our thanks to Debbie, Paul, Paula and Richard. Their enthusiasm and knowledge was appreciated by everyone and really helped to make our visit so interesting! We also all equally enjoyed our visit to the Hall and Peel Museum in the afternoon. All in all an excellent day! We will come again and recommend it to our friends!” Roger, Barston U3A, visited April 2019.
“I am writing to thank you very much for making the arrangements with our Secretary, in preparation for our visit, for your helpfulness in answering our questions and for ensuring that all went as arranged on the day itself. I found it a most interesting visit and have received positive comments. Our thanks to you for your welcome and introductory talk and to our guides and to all your volunteers who were there to look after us.” – Sheila, visited with a group of 28 in August 2018.
I write to thank you all most sincerely for your attention to the members of our group today. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Middleton Hall, and were all most impressed by the kind welcome we received when we arrived, the initial refreshments we enjoyed, and the talk and tour guides who all performed an excellent task. The whole story of Middleton Hall, from ruin to resurrection is a remarkable history, which we found quite mind-blowing. The knowledge of the three guides was fantastic and the details of the tours most enlightening. And of course we enjoyed the lunch prepared for us, so please thank that catering team also. All good wishes for the continuation of the work you are undertaking; we do hope that the barn can eventually be restored.” – Alan, visited with a group of 36 people in September 2018.