An exclusive tour of Welbeck Abbey’s State Rooms with champagne and canapés in the Titchfield Library.

Welbeck Abbey has been home to the Dukes of Portland and their families since 1607. Throughout history, Welbeck’s own aristocratic women have made remarkable choices, from Margaret Lucas Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle the first sci-fi writer to Winifred, Duchess of Portland, a great philanthropist.

This exclusive Duchesses of Portland tour will welcome visitors to the grand State Rooms, which have been host to royalty, aristocracy and statesmen. The State Rooms are decorated with objects and artworks from The Portland Collection, including pieces by Sir Peter Lely, John Wootton and Sir Joshua Reynolds.

The Tour

On arrival, visitors will be required to park in the main car park and check-in for the tour at The Portland Collection. Lead by a tour guide, visitors will then need to make their way by car, through the 5th Duke of Portland’s Victorian village to Welbeck Abbey.

The extended tour will last for two and a half hours. We strongly advise that visitors wear comfortable footwear as there is limited seating available on the tour. We kindly ask that stiletto shoes are not worn in the house. There are no toilet facilities at the Abbey. Please also be aware only small handbags are permitted but we do provide lockers for secure storage in The Portland Collection.

During your visit, you will also discover some of the earliest rooms at Welbeck Abbey, which date back to the 17th century. The tour ends with the greatest Arts and Crafts decorative ensemble in an aristocratic house in Britain – seen in a private Chapel, library and long curved corridor.

Highlights of the tour include: