Groups can visit on any day between April and September by arrangement, (excluding Fridays and Saturdays). Advance booking is essential and subject to availability. Please allow at least two hours for your visit.
THE CASTLE TOUR lasts approximately one hour. On Sundays, each room has its own Castle guide and visitors can move freely along the Castle route at their own pace. On all other days, large parties are split into groups of up to 13 with their own guide. We are able to take up to 52 people around at the same time, which would usually accommodate a coach party. 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). £8.75 per person.
THE PARK 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 and a member of the estate management team will accompany your coach. £8.75 per person. (NB - this tour does not require visitors to leave the coach).
COMBINED TOUR OF CASTLE & PARK It is possible (and recommended) to combine a Castle visit with a Park tour. This is our most popular tour. Cost for combined tour £10 per person.
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. His work schedule could result in some limitations to his availability. Private garden tours last around 90 minutes. Guided Garden Tour £8.75 per person (excludes Castle tour).
Combine a Head Gardener Tour with either a Castle or Park Tour for £10 per person.
EARLY EVENING VISIT Take a private tour when other visitors have gone home. We offer tours of the Castle and/or the Park as above. £12 per person.
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.) £15 per person to include tour of castle, glass of chilled white wine or mineral water.
'HOW GRIMSTHORPE WORKS' DAY I am often asked to provide 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. We include morning coffee and a set light lunch. Allow a full day (11am-4pm) for this visit which comprises an introductory welcome presentation, tour of the park (in your coach) and private guided tour of the castle. £25 per person.