Public and Group Openings


The house, grounds and tea bar are open to the public from May to September on Sundays, Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays in August from 2.30pm – 5.30pm. Tours run hourly at 2.30pm, 3.30pm with the last tour at 4.30pm. The rooms on show are the Main Hall, Library and Conservatory, and on the first floor the Ballroom and Drawing Room.

If you are looking for a quiet and more relaxed tour, our 4:30 tour would be more suitable.

Guided Tour of the house is £12 per adult and £6 for under 14’s. (Approximately one hour).

To avoid disruption and congestion in the village, please park within the grounds of Avington Park.

 

Access

Avington welcomes visitors with disabilities and our staff will be happy to give assistance when needed. Wherever possible, it would be helpful if we could be notified in advance to ensure that ramps are in place. The Main Hall, the Library and Conservatory are all on the ground floor.  There is one step up to the library and two up to the conservatory. A ramp is available.

There is no lift to the first floor, so the ballroom and drawing room are only accessed by the stairs which are wide and fairly gentle.

There are spacious facilities for the disabled by the orangery.  The grounds are accessible on well maintained gravel paths and lawns.  There is a sloping lawn leading to the church of St Mary’s.

Dogs

Official Guide Dogs are welcome in the house. Well behaved dogs are permitted in the grounds, but must be kept on leads.

 

PRIVATE GROUP TOURS

Private tours for groups (minimum 20) are most welcome all year round by arrangement.  

Catering can be arranged if required, ranging from light lunches, cream teas, home-made cake, or simply tea, coffee and biscuits.

“One of the most nearly perfect and most unaltered examples of a country Georgian Church is near Winchester at Avington, the smallest parish in Hampshire.”  St Mary’s Church is in the grounds close by and may also be visited. We can also arrange for a Barrel Organ recital.  Of all the remaining barrel organs in England, perhaps none has a more idyllic and typical setting than the one here at Avington.

Please contact the office for further information.  01962 779260         enquiries@avingtonpark.co.uk

 

Testimonials

A group of my members visited Avington Park yesterday and we loved it.  The house was very interesting and the lunch was delicious – the best Christmas meal we’ve had.  We were guided round the house by Helen and she knew her stuff definitely and was very good – please thank her on behalf of all of us.  ANd thank you for all you did to make it possible, because we really enjoyed it all. Thank you to all involved. S Stevenson-Hamilton – Chichester Cultural Excursions. Dec 17

Thank you for a wonderful tour and delicious lunch-everybody loved their visit and thoroughly enjoyed the tour.  They felt priveleged to be allowed to come to Avington Park and felt the house was very special. Charlotte Strutt – Heritage Touring  Oct 2017

A huge thank you for all your help and hard work helping to make last week’s HHA tour such an outstanding success-everyone had a fantastic time and were hugely complimentary about the catering, guides and organisation.  Philip Duly HHA friends Sept 2017

We really enjoyed our visit today, the house and grounds are beautiful, all the staff are really friendly and informative and the cakes and scones were delicious.   Jo Dotor – Basingstoke Towns Womens Guild Aug 17

Thank you Sarah and all the very pleasant ladies who provided us with a really excellent lunch declared by all to be tasty and plentiful.  Everyone loved the house, the gardens and the beautiful river.  Most of the group would have gladly moved into the beautiful, relaxing house.  Especial thank you to Helen for a most interesting guided tour. Imelda Koray Vectis DFAS July 17

We have recently had a committee meeting and I can report that all were very pleased with the visit.  I have had individual members also sending their thanks for a very enjoyable day, even though for part of it we had rain.  Please pass our thanks to Roland for giving us all such an interesting and informative tour.  Our thanks also go to yourselves and the owner for allowing us the wonderful opportunity to bring our cars and display them. Gary Wragg – Rolls Royce Enthusiast Club – Aug 2017

Just wanted to say how much the Solent MG car club enjoyed our visit to Avington yesterday.  I received lots of feedback from those that attended telling me how wonderful and interesting the visit was.  Please pass our gratitude onto all staff at Avington especially Roland who gave us a very comprehensive and often funny guided tour of the house.  Richard Evans (Solent MGOC) June 2017

We were made to feel very welcome and everyone said what a delightful spot for the house to be located.  The weather was great and everything seemed to fall into place very smoothly.  The house was very impressive, both inside and out and the tour of the house was very interesting (thanks to Helen’s informative talk) and to finish off the day with a cream tea, what more could people want!       Vanessa Chamberlaine – Hillingdon U3A  July 2016

On behalf of BDFAS  I would just like you to know just how much everyone enjoyed their visit to Avington yesterday afternoon.  Your warm welcome, Vera’s very knowledgeable guided tour given so pleasantly, Geofrrey’s explanation about the organ and the tuneful recital, also the cream tea which was most enjoyable.  We could not have chosen a better venue for our of term outing and we were so lucky with the weather too.  Heather Edge – BDFAS Juy 2016

I would like to say how much me and my family enjoyed our tour of Avington House yesterday, it was so interesting and we enjoyed the coffee and cake afterwards too.  We will definitely be back.  Kay Chappell – June 2016

On behalf of the Friends of St Andrew’s Farnham, I am writing to thank you all most sincerely for your hospitality and friendship when we visited Avington Park on Wednesday.  From the organisation by yourselves, Vera’s excellent and informative tour and the delicious lunch, we all throughly enjoyed ourselves and learnt so much about your wonderful location and its historic house and church.  Feedback from everyone who attended has been excellent and hopefully they will pass the word on to others, who can in turn come along to enjoy the peaceful house and its surroundings.               Diana Martin – Secretary, Friends of St Andrew’s – June 2016

We were very well looked after by Vera, our guide, who was so experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the house and family and helped bring it to life with so much history and was topped off with a lovely cup of tea and huge slice of cake on the terrace in the sunshine.  We popped in to see the Church on the way back to the coach.  We certainly enjoyed our visit hich was a first for the majourity of our member and one that we will be coming back to and recommend or our Societies in the Sussex area.  Jane Hopkin- East Sussex DFAS – June 2016

When I first began planning the trip during the soggy start of the year it was nigh inpossible to imagine we would be blessed with such a perfect spring day in May.  Avington looked spectacular.  The setting, the colours  the house and above all your heavenly church are all incredibly beautiful.  But looks are only part of the day.  What people really like is the opportunity to soak up all the history and local tales.  Vera was a triumph and everyone listened spellbound to the stories she told.  A visit to the church with the barrel organ recital made stepping back in time easy. I shall certainly spread the word of how wonderful Avington is to all I come across.  Amanda Ponsonby – The Rectory Society – May 2016