Welbeck Abbey - State Room Tours 2021

09 November 2020

Welbeck Abbey - State Room Tours 2021

Welbeck Abbey will be opening its doors in August 2021, giving visitors the rare opportunity to see inside the State Rooms.

Tickets are now on sale for guided tours of the former home of the Dukes of Portland. Visitors joining the tours, between 10 August - 11 September 2021, will hear some of the stories of Welbeck Abbey’s past, while walking the corridors that have been graced over the years by royalty, aristocracy and statesmen.

The building, which was originally founded as a monastery in 1153, was acquired by Bess of Hardwick’s youngest son, Sir Charles Cavendish, in 1607. Over the next four centuries it was home to a series of Dukes of Portland and their families. It was passed through the generations and today it remains a private home. 

Family members have included the 3rd Duke of Portland, who was twice Prime Minister, and the 5th Duke of Portland, who employed thousands of men to develop Welbeck through the building of houses, estate buildings and a network of underground tunnels.

The tours are run by The Harley Gallery and Foundation, a charity set up by Ivy, Duchess of Portland in 1978 to encourage the enjoyment of the arts.

  • Tickets cost £20 for the 1.5 hour tours and £26.50 for the 2.5 hour tours. For further details or to book, call 01909 501 700.