Sold Out | Friends' private visit to Rycote Park and Chapel

By kind permission of Bernard Taylor and our Chairman, Sarah Taylor

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These private visits to Rycote Park (at 10.30am and 2.30pm) begin with coffee/tea and biscuits in the 18th-century barn next to the Chapel and an introductory talk from Sarah Taylor. She and her team then lead you on a ‘History and Horticulture’ tour of the Chapel, historic grounds and gardens of Rycote, taking in research done by Time Team, amongst others. Rycote Park was once a great Tudor Palace much visited by royalty, including Queen Elizabeth I as a princess in captivity and then no fewer than six times as queen. It was bought by Lord Williams of Thame in 1539, remaining in the hands of his descendants, ultimately the Earls of Abingdon, until 1911, when it was a shadow of its former self, having been largely demolished in 1807. During the 20th and 21st centuries, three owners added their stamp, creating a mellow comfortable house in a beautiful park restored with the help of Elizabeth Banks, with echoes still of Capability Brown who designed it in the 1760s. The Chapel predates the house, having been consecrated in 1449. It has a plain but pleasing exterior but what makes it of outstanding interest are the fine internal 17th-century fittings of the western gallery, two large covered pews, pulpit and beautifully carved reredos.

Quite a bit of walking. Wheelchairs welcome. If wet, harder to navigate some areas.

Washrooms available; though not disabled.

Friends £20, guests £25

Maximum 30



Please note the change of date for these visits from April to June. This change was made because of Government advice in relation to Covid-19, in the interests of the safety of our visitors and staff. If you are a ticket holder you will receive an email from about this change of date; if you haven't, please contact 

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