Heritage Tea and Tour

Wednesday 1 July

11:15am – 2:30pm

Join us on Wednesday 1 July for our next tea & tour of the house.

 Embark on a full tour of our beautiful building and grounds led by an expert local guide, followed by a  delicious afternoon tea served in the Grade II listed main house .

A brief history

Set in the grounds of Wivenhoe Park, the hotel and surroundings were immortalised in canvas by renowned British artist John Constable, when he was commissioned by the then owner

Major-General Francis Slater Rebow in 1816. The resulting painting now hangs in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

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This painting of Wivenhoe House was commissioned by the owner, General Rebow in 1816. ‘Wivenhoe Park, Essex’ by John Constable, Wiedener Collection. Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

The tour guides

GuideEast are Claire Partner and Ian Balham registered blue badge tour guides for the East of England since 1998 and also qualified to guide in the city of London, Windsor and Eton and the London 2012 venues. The Blue Badge is awarded by the Institute of Tourist Guiding and is the highest level of guiding qualification in Britain. It is your guarantee of an entertaining, informative, reliable and professional guide; with local knowledge who will make a good experience great.

 

The programme

11:30am – Guests to arrive and meet with staff of the hotel and tour guides

11:45am – An extensive tour of the house & grounds begins

1:00pm – Afternoon tea is served in the beautiful lounges inside the Grade II listed main house

2:15 pm – approx: Guests can depart at leisure or remain in the lounges

Tickets

£26.50 per person including tour and afternoon tea

How to book

To book online, click here

Call us on 01206 878450 (office hours Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm)

Or

Email events@wivenhoehouse.co.uk

WHERE WE ARE

find us, however you travel
By car:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road.

For Sat Nav please use CO7 9HT and then follow signage to Wivenhoe House. Please note, some Sat Navs may direct you to the wrong side of Wivenhoe Park so please check our PDF Map

Download our PDF Map

By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.


By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.