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Mapperton Live Tours

Live Tour at Mapperton with Julie Montagu - 21st April

Tuesday 7th July – no live tour today, watch this space for further updates and future tours.  We have recently recorded a 20 minute garden tour with the Countess of Sandwich available via this link

Join Julie Montagu and her parents-in-law, the Earl and Countess of Sandwich, for exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of Mapperton House & Gardens.

Mapperton House is currently closed to the public due to the coronavirus crisis. However live streaming technology means you can still join us for interactive live tours.

Our live-streamed tours are free. However Mapperton relies on visitor income to support repairs and maintenance of this important part of England’s heritage. 

We would therefore welcome a donation using the button below. A suggested contribution is £10 (roughly $13), or whatever you are able to afford.

Thank you!

Past tours

Mapperton House Tour, Tuesday 30th June 4pm UK time (11am EST)

Join the Earl of Sandwich and Julie Montagu as they delve into the life, photographs and letters of Alberta Sturges, a Chicagoan who became the wife of the ninth Earl of Sandwich. Alberta was the current Earl’s grandmother, one of many American heiresses who married into the British aristocracy during the Gilded Age.

You will be able to ask questions via YouTube chat during the tour. If you would like to join future tours, please provide your email address in the form at the top of this page.

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Mapperton House Highlights Tour, broadcasted on Tuesday 23rd June

Come onboard with the Earl and Countess of Sandwich for a whirlwind tour of Mapperton House. We start outside the Jacobean front, before heading into the Hall, the Drawing Room and lastly the Dining Room. Learn about the changes the Earl and Countess have made to the house as well as reflections on living at Mapperton over the past thirty years.

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Mapperton All Saints Church Tour, broadcasted on Tuesday 16th June

Join Julie Montagu and the Countess of Sandwich in the atmospheric All Saints Church as they explore 800 years of history, including the exquisite Flemish stained glass and a sculpture by the artist who created Shakespeare’s memorial in Westminster Abbey.  There’s also a hidden tower in urgent need of restoration!

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Mapperton House Tour, broadcasted on Tuesday 9th June

Come onboard with Julie Montagu and the Earl of Sandwich as they explore Captain Cook’s voyages of discovery (including to Hawaii), as well as the Montagu family’s wider contribution to British naval history.

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Mapperton Gardens Tour, broadcasted on Tuesday 2nd June

Join the Countess of Sandwich and Julie Montagu for a late Spring wander around the Fountain Court topiary garden with the old roses in flower and climbing roses in the trees. Savour the plants in the Orangery, tadpoles in the ponds and climbers on the pergola.

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Mapperton House Tour, broadcasted on Tuesday 19th May

Julie Montagu, host of An American Aristocrat’s Guide to Great Estates, will be joined by her father-in-law, the Earl of Sandwich, for a fascinating look at the journal of the 1st Earl and his connection with the famous diarist Samuel Pepys. The Journal contains beautiful drawings of the moon, stars and planets, which were important for navigation in the 1650s and 60s, and the are early minutes of political meetings, for example of Oliver Cromwell’s Inner Cabinet.

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Mapperton House Tour, broadcasted on Tuesday 12th May

Join Julie Montagu and the Countess of Sandwich for a romp through some of Mapperton’s bedrooms at 5pm on Tuesday 12 May. They will explore four rooms, including the Great Chamber which was built in the 1540s as a main reception room, and is now regularly used as a film location with its stunning ceiling and plasterwork.

Please enter your email above and we will send you a link to YouTube Live so you can join the tour and ask questions via YouTube chat. We look forward to your company!

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Mapperton House Tour, broadcasted on Tuesday 5th May

Julie Montagu, host of An American Aristocrat’s Guide to Great Estates, will join her mother-in-law, the Countess of Sandwich, for a wander round the outside of Mapperton House. They will look at the architectural history, especially in the front courtyard, the gardens in the 20th century and more recent planting of trees and shrubs.

Please enter your email above and we will send you a link to YouTube Live so you can join the tour and ask questions via YouTube chat. We look forward to your company!

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Mapperton House Tour, broadcasted on Tuesday 28th April

Join Julie Montagu and Caroline, the Countess of Sandwich, next Tuesday 28 April for another Mapperton Live tour on YouTube. They’ll be discussing Martha Ray (partner of the 4th Earl and notable opera signer), the 6th Earl (whose daughter married the son of Napoleon) and a cast of other colourful characters. You can ask live questions via YouTube chat.

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Mapperton House Tour, broadcasted on Tuesday 21st April

Join Julie Montagu and the Earl of Sandwich on a tour of Mapperton House via YouTube Live. Learn about the origin of the famous food, as well as the family’s links with Hawaii and Captain Cook.

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