Group booking

Booking your group visit

We work closely with our partners at National Trust Stowe to arrange the perfect day for your group. We suggest you make the most of your day with us and visit both Stowe House and the gardens of National Trust Stowe.

The simplest way to find out what we can do for you is to fill out our enquiry form. Once we know what you are looking for we can tailor your visit so you have the best day possible.

Once we have received your form we will get in touch with you to discuss your visit. Prefer to talk to a human? Telephone 01280 818002 to discuss your group booking.

Information for booking

Pre-booked groups are welcome all year round. For groups of 15 people or more pre-booking is essential.

By booking as a group you will receive a discount on both Stowe House and National Trust Stowe admission.

The tickets your group receive on arrival to the House can be exchanged for an Annual Pass on your next visit to Stowe House.

Make the most of your House and Gardens visit

We know that you want to make the most out of your day and that sometimes you don't have much time to spend with us.

The Stowe estate is quite large and so we suggest that you start or end your visit to Stowe with the House. This allows your coach to drop your group right outside our front door.

Arrive first at the House private entrance. Your coach can then wait here while you enjoy your tour of the House before whisking you off to start your garden visit at New Inn. New Inn is the perfect place to enjoy lunch before heading out to explore the Gardens.

Alternatively your group can enjoy the morning in the Gardens, grab a spot of lunch at the cafe in New Inn before boarding your coach to travel to the House.

This allows you to enjoy Stowe's highlights and makes the most of your time all while avoiding too much walking.

Arriving at the House first for your morning tour? Ask your driver to use postcode - MK18 5EH

Arriving first at the Gardens to explore the beautiful landscape and temples?
Ask your driver to use postcode - MK18 5EQ

Download a map of the coach route between the House and Garden entrances

Group leader familiarisation visit

Once we have received your enquiry form we can arrange for you to have a familiarisation visit so you can see exactly how your day will work.

We can show you the two entrances to the estate and we can discuss any accessibility requirements your group might have.

Refreshments

Make your visit extra special with refreshments in one of our stunning State Rooms.

You can have your refreshments on arrival or departure.

Tea, coffee and biscuits: £2.95 per person
Tea, coffee and a selection of cakes: £3.95 per person
A glass of wine: £3.50 per person
A glass of wine and canapés: £10.00 per person

Please advise us of any dietary requirements.

A typical visit to Stowe House

As your coach enters the estate via the private Stowe School entrance you will be greeted by our security team who will direct your driver to park in front of the House. A member of the Stowe House team will meet your coach and welcome you to Stowe. We will give you some information before you alight from your coach. 

You will enter the House through our Egyptian Hall – this entrance is step free – from here you will enter our Welcome Centre where you will find a range of gifts and guidebooks. There are toilet facilities in the Welcome Centre.

Before your tour commences we will issue headsets to everyone in your group; these headsets enable each member of your group to hear the Tour Guide clearly and adjust the volume on the headset so it is comfortable.

Our Tour Guides can have a maximum of 25 visitors in each group. If there are more than 25 people in your group we will separate you into smaller groups to ensure you have a great visit.

If you are exploring the House in one group you will enter the Discovery Centre where you will have chance to see the exhibition before commencing your tour of the State Rooms.

If your group is larger that 25 people and you are exploring the House in two groups, one group will enter the Discovery Centre to begin their tour while the second group starts in one of our State Rooms. The second group will conclude their tour in the Discovery Centre with chance to explore the exhibition.

Guided Tours

Our standard group booking package includes time to explore the Discovery Centre and The Full Story tour. Duration 1 hour and 30 minutes.

If you only have a short time to spend with us we suggest A Tale of Stowe tour with time to explore the Discovery Centre. Duration 30 minutes.

Discover Stowe House with our House Custodian

If your group has an academic or specialist interest in Stowe we can arrange a tour with our House Custodian.
 
Our House Custodian has over 10 years' experience of working at Stowe and has specialist knowledge of the history and restoration of Stowe House.

There is a £40 charge per group in addition to the £9.00 specialist tour charge for the House Custodian tour. Similar rates apply for expert tours led by a member of the staff team.

There is a maximum capacity of 25 people.

Group Twilight Tours

Looking for something special?
 
We offer exclusive evening Specialist Tours for £9.00 per person.
 
Choose from or standard tours:
The Full Story
A Tale of Stowe

 
Or our specialist tours:
Parties, Politics and Petticoats: 18th-Century life for the Ladies of Stowe
Royalty and Revelry: Regal Visits to Stowe House
Just like Elizabeth Bennet: Visiting the Georgian Country House
The Rise and Fall of Stowe 
Portraits and People: The Art of Stowe House
Scandalous by Nature: The Troublesome Owners of Stowe

Specialist tours have a maximum capacity of 30 people.
 
During the school holidays we can offer a group Roof-Top Tour. Enjoy the 'finest view in England' and see the landscape from a different viewpoint.
 
Roof-Top Tours are subject to availability. Please not this tour is not available during summer 2016 due to restoration.The roof is accessed via four flights of steep stairs and is not accessible for those with mobility impairments. We do not suggest you take part in the Roof-Top Tour if you have a heart condition, knee or back issue or are a woman who is pregnant.

Let us bring Stowe to you

If you are a member of a local group and are looking for a speaker for your event or meeting we can arrange for one of our  knowledgeable Tour Guides to come to you.

We can tailor our talks to your area of interest. Take a look at our Group Twilight Tour themes for inspiration.

We ask that you cover the speaker's expenses and we would be pleased if you would make a donation to Stowe House Preservation Trust.

Please note your venue must be within an hours drive from Stowe.

Email us to find out more