Edes House, in the heart of Chichester, is the perfect setting for every occasion.

House tours

Join our next Edes House tour to discover the history of this beautiful building.

If walls could talk - The Edes House tour 2018

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 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, which were intriguingly lost to America in the late 1930s.

Tour start time: 11.00am (meet at 10.45am)
Duration: 90 minutes
Tickets: £9.95 available from The Novium (contact details below)

Tour dates

  • Monday 25 June
  • Monday 30 July
  • Monday 24 September
  • Monday 29 October
  • Monday 26 November

Christmas tours

Join us to see the house decorated for Christmas and enjoy festive mince pies and refreshments. There will be two tours a day on the dates shown below.

Tour start times: 10.30am (meet at 10.15am) and 2.00pm (meet at 1.45pm)
Duration: 2 hours
Tickets: £14.95 available from The Novium (contact details below)

Tour dates

  • Monday 10 December 
  • Wednesday 19 December 

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 online enquiry form and one of our event planners will be in touch.

Last updated:
22 June 2018

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