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Group Visits 2018

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Group Visits 2018

Groups can visit on any day between April and September by arrangement (excluding Fridays and Saturdays).  Advance booking is essential and subject to availability.  We pride ourselves on being able to offer bespoke visits but have also put together some simple ‘off the peg’ visits which are listed here. We include a ‘meet and greet’ service for all groups.

A FULL DAY VISIT (11.00 – 4.00pm) – ‘The Combined visit’

We meet you on arrival for morning coffee and biscuits.
A one-hour guided tour of Grimsthorpe Park in your coach, returning for Lunch – either pre-booked or self-pay ‘pot luck’
A one-hour private guided tour of the Castle
At leisure to explore the gardens and visit the tearoom

Cost: without lunch – £17.00 per person: with pre-booked lunch – from £23.00 per person

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A HALF DAY VISIT (11.00 – 2.00pm or 2.00 – 5.00pm)

Morning visit – morning coffee and biscuits
Private guided tour of the Castle followed by time at leisure in the gardens. Lunch – either pre-booked or self-pay ‘pot luck’

Cost: without lunch – £15.00 per person: with pre-booked lunch – from £21.00 per person

 

Afternoon visit – arrive for private guided tour of the Castle
At leisure in the gardens with time to enjoy self-pay tea and cakes in the tearoom.

Cost: £11.00 per person

It is possible to swap a Castle or Park tour for a guided Garden tour.  They last 1½ hours and are subject to availability.

THE CASTLE TOUR

On Sundays (and Bank Holidays), each room has a Castle guide and visitors move freely along the Castle route at their own pace.  On all other days, parties are split into groups of up to 15 with their own guide and given a guided tour that lasts one hour.  We are able to take up to 52 people around at the same time.  We are happy for groups to take a tour in the morning, prior to public opening, if requested.
(NB During April and May the temperature inside the Castle can be lower than outside. Warm clothing is recommended.)

THE PARK TOUR

(for groups arriving in their own coach)
The tour takes in the 3,000 acres of Grimsthorpe Park encompassing rolling pasture, landscaped lakes and historic oak woodland, little changed since the visit of Henry VIII.  It includes the site of a 12th century Cistercian Abbey, the grand designs of 18th century landscape architects and a centuries long association with the Castle.  Natural history is diverse, with three species of wild deer, teeming bird life on the lakes, ancient trees, rare flowers and butterflies.  The tour is a one hour journey using your own coach.  A member of the Estate Management Team will accompany you.
(NB – tour does not require visitors to leave the coach.)

GARDEN TOURS

Groups are welcome to visit the gardens as part of their day at Grimsthorpe on a self-guided basis.  By prior arrangement, the Head Gardener can meet groups and personally show them around the formal gardens (subject to availability).  Private garden tours last around 1½ hours.

RECOMMENDED – COMBINED TOUR OF CASTLE AND PARK

It is a good idea to combine a Castle visit with a Park tour.

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The visits listed here offer something special and can be adjusted to suit your needs.

‘CREAM TEA & TOURS’ VISIT


A private guided tour of the Castle, optional tour of the Park (in your coach) rounded off with a Cream Tea (scone, cream, jam, cup of tea).


£19.00 per person

AFTERNOON TEA & TOURS


A private guided tour of the Castle, optional tour of the Park (in your coach) rounded off with an afternoon tea comprising sandwich selection, scone and cup of tea.


£22.00 per person

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Wine on the Terrace

This private visit caters for those who wish to enjoy the atmosphere of an early evening visit.  Weather permitting, white wine will be served in the Castle courtyard.  This offers an ideal opportunity for visitors to enjoy the gardens on a quiet summer evening, prior to taking the Castle tour.  (When weather conditions prevent this, drinks will be served at the Coach House or in the Castle.)

£18.00 per person to include tour of the Castle and glass of chilled white wine or mineral water.

Early Evening

Visit Take a private Castle tour when the other visitors have gone home.

£15.00 per person

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‘HOW GRIMSTHORPE WORKS’ DAY
Whole day visit

We have been asked to provide more information about the day-to-day running of the Estate. Discovering more about how Grimsthorpe has been managed from 1500 to the present day is now possible.  To make the day complete we have included morning coffee and biscuits and a set light lunch.
Allow a full day (11.00am – 4.00pm) for this visit.
Also included is an introductory welcome presentation (35 minutes), one hour tour of the Park (in your own coach) and private guided tour of the Castle (one hour).  The gardens can be explored at leisure.

£30.00 per person

PLUS – SOMETHING WE THINK IS UNIQUE TO GRIMSTHORPE…

‘GET ON OUR BIKES!’  A CYCLE TOUR OF THE PARK

Take a guided cycling tour of the Park.  We will provide the bikes and safety helmets, plus the services of a guide who will stop at selected points to talk about the landscape.  A full tour will cover 10 miles and take three hours (slightly longer if we stop for a picnic en route).  A shorter tour of 5½ miles is also available.  Spend the rest of your visit exploring the gardens at leisure.

Cost to include entry to grounds, cycle hire and guided tour £15.00 per person (picnic lunch available at £8.00 per person).

Appropriate clothing and ability to ride a cycle required for this tour.

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‘Capability’ Brown was here?

Let us take you in your coach on an elegant drive through the eighteenth century landscape to celebrate the work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.  The hour long tour will take you past the lake into the 3,000 acre park which is home to wild deer, rare flowers and a host of historic features.  Your guide will tell the background story of Grimsthorpe as you enjoy the scenery without the need to leave the comfort of your vehicle.

£11.00 per person

Still described today as “England’s greatest gardener”, Capability Brown became the most fashionable landscape designer of the eighteenth century by sweeping away formal gardens and replacing them with the natural looking but carefully designed landscapes.  We know that he visited Grimsthorpe in 1771.

EASTON WALLED GARDENS

A visit to Grimsthorpe can also be combined with our neighbour at Easton Walled Gardens (10 miles to the west). We can book both visits for you.
Prices below are for both visits as described.

Be Your own guide. £13.50 per person. Want to take things at your own pace? Your group will be greeted and introduced to the gardens at Easton & Grimsthorpe. You are then free to explore at your leisure.

 

Castle & Garden. £22.00 per person. Arrive at Easton for coffee & biscuits and a 20-minute talk with Lady Cholmeley. Then explore at leisure. On to Grimsthorpe for a one-hour, private guided tour of the Castle, completing the day with free time in the gardens.

Refreshments and gifts are available at both sites. Email ray@grimsthorpe.co.uk to find out more.

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Walking Tours

The tours listed here are geared towards groups that want to enjoy walking in the park with a knowledgeable guide. All participants must be able to complete a walk of up to four miles and be suitably equipped for a tour that will last up to two hours. Routes can include walking over uneven ground and fence stiles. A maximum group size of 20 is recommended.

Cost for each tour – an additional £40 will be added to your group admission charge.

Call Ray Biggs on 01778 591205 for more information and to make a booking.

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WALKING WITH MONKS

Step back almost 1,000 years to a time when the park was the home of Cistercian Monks. Look for traces of their Abbey and discover their fate in the 1530s. View the monastic stew ponds, ancient oak trees and visit the spot where we believe the altar of Vaudey Abbey once stood.


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WALKING WITH ‘CAPABILITY’ BROWN

How were the great parks of England designed and redesigned in the 18th century? On this walk we include the drawings of the architects who intended to transform the park in the 1700s, whilst strolling through the landscape they created. The story of English park landscapes is recounted using Grimsthorpe as the ‘living’ example.


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WALKING WITH LORD WILLOUGHBY

He built his own personal railway line through the park and this walk will take in part of its route. There will also be a chance to discover more about his life and role as Lord Great Chamberlain as well as the fascinating times in which he lived. (NB – the group will need to use its coach to gain access to the start of the walk)

IT IS STILL POSSIBLE TO TAKE A GUIDED PARK TOUR IN YOUR OWN COACH. PLEASE SEE THE RELEVANT PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS.

Summary of tours that can be booked for your visit to Grimsthorpe

We can always adjust the details of a visit to suit the needs of your group. Phone us to discuss the detail and make a booking.

Type of visit

What it includes

What it costs
(per person)

Special terms and conditions

1. Full Day Tour
(excludes lunch)

Morning coffee and biscuits, guided tour of Park and Castle, at leisure in gardens

£17.00

Castle is self-guided on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. Coach should have public address system

2. Full Day Tour
(includes lunch)

Morning coffee and biscuits, guided tour of Park and Castle, at leisure in gardens, set lunch.

From £23.00

Lunch selection to be agreed with group organiser

3. Half Day Tour
(morning)

Morning coffee and biscuits, guided tour of Castle, at leisure in gardens

£15.00

From £21.00 if lunch is included

4. Half Day Tour
(aftrenoon)

Private tour of Castle, at leisure in gardens

£11.00

Opportunity to purchase refreshments in tearoom

5. Cream Tea and Tours

A guided tour of Castle and/or Park, cream tea (cream scone, jam, cup of tea)

£19.00

Monday – Thursday
(Tea served at 3.00pm)
(using your coach in the Park)

6. Afternoon Tea and Tours

Guided tour of Castle and/or Park, sandwich selection, scone and tea

£22.00

Monday – Thursday
(Tea served at 3.00pm)
(using your coach in the Park)

7. ‘How Grimsthorpe Works’ Day

Lecture, Park tour, Castle tour, morning coffee, light lunch

£30.00

Monday – Wednesday only
(using your coach in the Park)

8. Early Evening visits

Private guided tour of the Castle

£15.00

Monday – Thursday after 6.00pm

9. Wine on the Terrace

Private guided tour of the Castle, glass of white wine

£18.00

Monday – Thursday
evenings only

10. Get on Our Bikes

Cycle hire, guided Park tour, access to gardens and grounds

£15.00

Monday – Thursday
(group size 15 – 24 people)

11. Walking Tours

Walking in the park with a knowledgeable guide. For groups only.

Park charges apply, plus £40 per group
(additional charge to group entry charge)

Monday – Thursday
(a maximum group size of 20 is recommended)

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  • We are able to offer the listed special rates to groups of 15+ people.  If the group is 30+ we will provide free admission for the organiser (offer excludes catering).  No other special offers, discounts or free admissions apply (e.g. HHA, Hidden England, National Trust or English Heritage cards).

  • Drivers who do not dine with you will be given a voucher (£5.00) to purchase refreshments when the tearoom is open.  Please let us know in advance if you wish to include the driver in your catering plans.

  • Reconnaissance visits are welcome by arrangement. You can also telephone us for more detailed information or visit our website.

  • Payment of entry fees and booked meals should be made on arrival by the organiser using card, cheque or cash.  We will usually not charge entry fees for a shortfall in booked numbers but you will be expected to pay for all booked catering.  Special offers may require full payment in advance, with no refunds for non-attendance.

  • Bookings should be made by completing and emailing or posting the booking form.  We will acknowledge receipt of this and confirm the details of your visit.

VISITORS WITH DISABILITES  There are two sets of lavatories, both with facilities for disabled people.  Tea room, gardens and grounds are mostly accessible for wheelchairs.  There are gravel paths close to the Castle.  Visitors in wheelchairs are welcome to visit three ground floor rooms in the Castle.  There is a ‘virtual’ tour of the first floor rooms available to view on our tablet computer.  A wheelchair is available at the ticket reception for visitor use and folding walking stools can be borrowed at the Castle.  The Castle tour involves ascending/descending several flights of stairs.  Please let us know in advance if members of your group have significant mobility limitations.

CATERING

Pre-booking catering requirements is not compulsory but does allow us to reserve space for your group and serve you at your table.  Our staff will be on hand to take orders for alcoholic and soft drinks once you are seated.

Pre-booked light lunches

The ‘Full day Combined visit with lunch’, the ‘Half Day visit with lunch’ and the ‘How Grimsthorpe Works’ day visits all include a set, one course, light lunch. The final cost will depend upon your choice of set meal (details on request).
Please make a single lunch choice from:

  • Homemade vegetarian quiche, salad, new potatoes and coleslaw
  • Traditional Ploughman’s Lunch
  • Lincolnshire Hotpot
  • Assorted sandwich platter and crisps

Special dietary needs

It is important that we are notified in advance about any allergies or food intolerances when pre-booked catering has been arranged.  The group organiser should ensure that all members of the party are aware of the meal choice and then notify us in advance of anyone with special dietary needs.  With set meals it can be difficult to accommodate the provision of a special option if we do not know prior to the visit.
Important information – all catering requirements must be pre-booked for groups that visit outside standard opening times. 

‘Pot Luck’ option

The tea room will be open to the general public on:

Thursdays and Sundays during April and May
&
Sunday to Thursday INCLUSIVE during June to September (10.30am – 5.00pm). 

Hot food is usually served between 12.00-2.30pm. 

Your group is welcome to take ‘pot luck’ but please remember that you will be competing with the day visitors.  Expect a wait when meals are being prepared at busy times.  Pre-booking your meal will overcome this potential difficulty.
A picnic area is available for those not wishing to use the Coach House.

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