House tours

If walls could talk - The Edes House tour

Join us in the wonderful foyer where the story of Edes House begins, starting with a brief overview of life in late Stuart England. Emphasising the development of Chichester, and looking at how national events impacted the city, the tour continues with a detailed look at the external architectural features of the house.

Back inside, the timeline of the owners of Edes House is woven with historical stories, poetry and anecdotes. These are conveyed by the art, photos, furniture and decorative features of the house.

The tour brings us right up to the present day with a look at how the house and garden are at the heart of West Sussex County Council. We consider the history of the county, its coats of arms and various flags, as well as the roles of the High Sheriff and Lord Lieutenant.

The visit concludes with a look at rarely seen images, originally displayed on old panelling in the house. These were intriguingly lost to America in the late 1930s.

Tour start time: 10.00am (meet at 9.45am)
Duration from tour start time: 90 minutes
Tickets: £12.95 available from The Novium 

Tour dates 2021

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Private tours

If you are part of a local group or would like to get some friends together, you can arrange a private tour of the house.

Available for groups of up to 20, our tour guide will tailor the tour to your requirements. You can add afternoon tea, a buffet lunch or take an extended tour and add refreshments to make it part of a longer day.

To discuss a private tour, complete our complete our online form and one of our event planners will be in touch.

Edes House tour

The Edes House tour

2 mins