We have lots of experience in crafting group visits. Whether an informal trip with shopping, self-guided gallery visits and coffee, or a guided tour with our expert staff, we can tailor your visit to your specific requirements.

We enjoyed a private tour of The Portland Collection – the fine and decorative art amassed over the centuries by the Dukes of Portland and their families. It was amazing to experience this exhibition with a guide who told us stories related to all objects on display.

Group Visits to The Courtyard

Groups are welcome to visit The Courtyard for self-guided visits. Award-winning shopping, free entry art galleries and a range of dining options (catering for different group sizes and tastes) are all within a short walk.

In the Courtyard, Welbeck Farm Shop, The Harley Gallery, The Portland Collection and The Harley Café are open every day (except Easter Sunday and over the Christmas period). Dukeries Garden Centre is just next door to The Courtyard.

Entry and parking are free. Ample coach parking is available.

Planning an informal visit with a group of 15 or more? Please let us know.

Bookable Activities

We can also arrange bookable activities for your group. Activities include:

Private tours of The Portland Collection

Tours of The Portland Collection are available with our expert curators, and subject specific talks may be available  – let us know of your group’s interests. We can arrange tours during opening hours or private visits in the morning or after closing time. Top tip – book an evening event to see The Portland Collection’s critically acclaimed architecture looking spectacular by night.

Paint-a-pot workshops in The Harley Pottery Studio

Visit our professionally equipped pottery studio and try your hand at pottery painting. Our studio manager will be on hand with expert advice, to help your group create their own pottery masterpieces. All works will then be glazed and fired in our kilns ready for collection after one week. Whether you wish to paint your own mugs for the office or to create your own community nativity set, the only limit is your imagination.

A great team building exercise!

Guided tours of the State Rooms at Welbeck Abbey, summer only

During selected summer dates, visitors are able to visit the state rooms at Welbeck Abbey on guided tours. Tours last between 1.5 and 2.5 hours depending on your requirements and can accommodate a maximum of 14 people. A wonderful opportunity to see the stunning interiors of Welbeck Abbey, with The Portland Collection in its historic setting. Guided Tours are a favourite of our group visits and book quickly. Please book well ahead.

What next?

We have many ideas to help you plan your day, and in addition we can suggest activities with some of our friends across the Welbeck estate. These might include fascinating courses and delicious home-cooked lunches at The School of Artisan Food or brewery tours with Welbeck Abbey Brewery.

Contact us

Planning your group visit? Get in touch and we will be delighted to help.

Email portlandcollection@harleygallery.co.uk or call 01909 501 700.