Black Diamonds Tour

Catherine Bailey’s highly-acclaimed book Black Diamonds brought the plight of Wentworth Woodhouse and its incredible story to worldwide attention. Now the author has again put pen to paper and created The Black Diamonds Tour, a fascinating insight into the story which takes visitors through the twists and turns of the house’s history with one of our specially-trained guides.

Please note: This is a 90-minute tour and includes a number of stairs. The tour tells new stories in some of our most popular spaces and includes some areas of the house not previously open to the public

Wentworth Tour

Discover the formal state rooms of Wentworth Woodhouse and its vast history on a Wentworth Tour. It charts the rise and fall of the house from its beginnings in the 1600s to its time as a family home and teacher training college, right through to present day and the work of the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust.
As you journey through the state rooms, see first-hand the splendour of this 18th century house still intact after a chequered past.

Conservation Tour

Find out about the Trust’s 25-year conservation project – the work already completed and the many tasks ahead.
You will venture to parts of the house currently undergoing work to see conservation in action, learn about the skills that first created Wentworth Woodhouse centuries ago and how today’s craftsmen are using many of the same techniques as they repair damage and decline.

Bob’s Tour

Bob is the only member of our staff who served the Fitzwilliam family. He was employed at the house nearly half a century ago.
A former carpenter and joiner with a great sense Yorkshire humour, Bob knows many of the mansion’s secrets – and many a tale, too!

Hidden Tour

If you’ve always yearned to see beyond the State Rooms and grandeur, this is the tour for you. Your guide will take you behind the scenes to see parts of the house not normally open to the public.

Lady Mabel Tour

In 1950, a women’s teacher training PE college was established at Wentworth Woodhouse. Join one of our ex-Lady Mabel students for a guided tour to see some of the rooms used by staff and students. Learn from your guide what student life was like in the magnificent Big House and hear the tales about living here and the impact it had.

Stables Tour

Join our guides for a behind-the-scenes look at our monumental Georgian stableblock and see how its use has changed through time.
Let your imagination take over as you visualise the stables in its heyday with 84 horses in residence, smart carriages and dozens of bustling stables staff.
You’ll see original hayracks, 1930s parquet floors, stablehands’ rooms, the spectacular riding school and the decay that has taken place over the decades, which we plan to reverse.
The tour involves much walking, uneven surfaces, many steps and wet /grassy terrain. Sturdy waterproof footwear is recommended and many areas inside and outside are derelict, though there is no requirement to wear a hard hat.

Head Gardener Tours

Take a trip around our gardens with Head Gardener Scott Jamieson, who will explain how features of the gardens have been restored and reveal some of the plans that lie ahead.

We care about your safety

During your visit, please wear a face covering, respect social distancing and follow all signage and one-way systems – they are designed for your safety. The frequency and breadth of cleaning routines have been increased. Sanitiser is provided in key locations in the house and gardens. Please sanitise your hands on entry and regularly during your visit. Safe queuing systems are in place and there is a safe seating and ordering system in the tearoom (contactless/card payments only).