1620s House & Garden
1620s House & Garden
4.5
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
A fully furnished period house with early 17thcentury style gardens and a tea room. The 1620s Café and Gardens are open Thursday to Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm last entry 3.30pm from April to the end of September. Tearoom opens 11am - 4pm. Please visit our website for more details. *PLEASE NOTE: The House & Gardens will go into the winter season from the 2nd October until March 28th 2024.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • thoresbyhouse32
    33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As Near As You'll Get To The 17th Century.
    What the house lacks in size, it makes up for in atmosphere and detail. Given a tour by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, we came out knowing much more about the domestic lives of both servants and masters than we had before we went in and, more to the point, that we had warmed to the family and servants who'd lived there. If you're interested in the 17th century preoccupation with witchcraft, the medicinal use of herbs, the place is for you. Meticulously and imaginatively labelled exhibits, particularly in the garden, are never dry or tedious. The cake's good too . . .
    Hello there! What a wonderful review...thank you so much for taking the time to post such lovely comments💚 We're so pleased you had a great visit & we hope to see you again. Very best wishes, the 1620s House & Garden Team 🌼☕🍰
    Written 27 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 May 2023
  • kate A
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful visit to a beautiful and interesting house and garden with helpful guides and interactive displays.
    This is a beautifully presented, very old house and garden. The inside is set up with interactive displays to show how the family would have lived, and is very hands on; you can pick things up, open things, and try the period clothes on. A lovely fellow guided us through the house and gave us lots of information about it's history and the way of life for the people that would have lived there. After the house, we wandered through the gorgeous gardens and then had lunch at the tea room. Really reasonably priced. My teenage daughters and I had a really lovely visit and would definitely return.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Linda H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit, good value for money.
    A great place to visit. The house is manned by lots of volunteers . We were taken on a guided tour by Anne who was very knowledgeable. The house was so interesting and unlike a lot of houses open to the public visitors are encouraged to handle the objects on display. There is a large cafe and a beautifully laid out garden. All the plants are named and a description was given of how the various plants were used. The entrance ticket lasts for a year and we will certainly visit again.
    Hello there Lindah! We're delighted to hear that you're a fan of our site. Thank you very much for spreading the word and for taking the time to write a review. We hope welcome you again soon, 💚 Thanks again, the 1620s House & Garden team.
    Written 9 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Jackie
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent visit
    Very helpful ladies on entry, wonderful & informative tour by guide Sandi, lovely food & drink in cafe, followed by a walk around the beautiful gardens. Ticket valid for 12months so we'll be back. Thank you
    Hello Jackie! That's a great review - thank you so much 💚 We'll tell Sandi you enjoyed her tour & we look forward to welcoming you back really soon. Best wishes from us all at the 1620s House & Garden Team 🌼☕🍰
    Written 1 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 June 2023
  • Peter S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant visit
    I was part of a group of visually impaired adults. It was the high spot of my week’s course in the Leicester area. We were made so welcome by everyone. We were able to touch and smell herbs in the garden, ask questions and finished off with delicious soup and cake in the cafe. Thanks very much to the guides and for the conservation of this wonderful building. Margaret.
    Hi Margaret & Peter, thank you so much for a lovely review. We're really pleased that you enjoyed your group's visit to us, it means a lot to know you had a great time. Very best wishes to you, from the 1620s House & Garden Team 💚
    Written 9 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Magic F
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating place, and the Lute Player was wonderful!
    The house and gardens are beautiful. It's a small place, but very interesting, and the staff are very helpful and informative. The tea shop is lovely, too! The highlight of our visit was the lute player! He played beautifully, and he had a wealth of knowledge about the music and instruments he was playing. It was fascinating!
    Hi there, thank you for such a lovely review & for discovering our hidden gem of a site. The Lutenist will be back to play for us on 12 August, 10 September & 1 October (1.30 to 4pm). Hope we see you again soon, best wishes from the 1620s House & Garden Team 💚
    Written 16 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 July 2023
  • Sharon M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Day Out
    Another fabulous trip to the 1620 house. Starting with the lovely welcoming staff at the entrance, very kind ladies in the cafe and very informative guide, Carol. We didn't leave enough time to see everything in the gardens We shall be back again.
    Thank you very much for your lovely review, We really appreciate your feedback. sounds like you had a nice time. i will pass on your comment on to Carol. We look forward to you coming back soon. Many Thanks House & Garden team 💚
    Written 15 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Gwen P
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a wonderful place!
    Visited with a group of blind people and had a wonderful experience. All the staff had obviously put a lot of thought into making the trip an interesting and enjoyable sensory experience for everyone. The tour around the Herb Garden with Sue ensured that we smelt lots of delightful (and some not so pleasant) plants and heard about their everyday uses in the 17th Century. And the tour of the house was also wonderful in that we could touch and feel many of the architectural features and examine the artifacts within the house. ...And the soup and cakes in the cafe were delicious! A brilliant day - Thank you everyone.
    Hello Gwen, thank you for coming to visit us & for taking the time to write such a great review! We're so glad the group tour went well & everyone enjoyed themselves. Hope we can welcome you again soon. Best wishes from the 1620 House & Garden Team 💚 PS the home-made cakes ARE delicious aren't they? 😊
    Written 16 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Simmone G
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Experience of Blind Visitors
    I am blind and sometimes find houses of this kind difficult !access because I am dependent on someone describing everything to me. It was a great treat, therefore to vist this house and find that, not only was I invited to touch anything I liked, but the volunteers had gone out of their way !make the visit as accessible as possible. They gave me and my friends all the time we wanted to explore the house while telling us about the family who had lived there, and inviting us to guess what some of the more unusual objects were and what they might have been used for. I was also impressed that the house features a fully fitted out kitchen and dairy, which isunusual in these places. We were then given a tour of the garden, where again, we were invited to touch and smell the herbs and flowers which are varied and interesting. Altogether, a satisfying and interesting visit and an enjoyable day out
    Hello there, thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a great review. We're really pleased you had such a good time with us - we agree that our wonderful volunteers always go that extra mile to make visits very special. Hopefully you may visit us again, very best wishes from the 1620s House & Garden team 💚
    Written 20 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Ian S
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little Gem in a quiet corner of Leicestershire, just go :)
    What a real gem, hidden away in a corner of Leicestershire, if you take the opportunity to visit you will not be disappointed. We decided to visit maybe for a very short period, but in the end spent all day here. What it lacks in size in makes up for in all other areas, walks in the National Forest? tick, wonderful gardens with excellent plant details including their uses in the 1620s, tick, interesting house, oh yes, great guides, most certainly, lovely team room, serving home made cakes that were very tasty, again yes. We were given a tour by a volunteer guide Alan, and he is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the place and its history you get the feeling if if does not know the answer nobody will. We asked him some questions while he was eating his lunch and still he wanted to answer our questions and take us to areas we may have missed. On more than one occasion we apologised for disturbing his lunch, but he is so keen he would not listen to our apologies. Having singled Alan out, I must say each volunteer and member of staff we encountered was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and keen that we should re-visit. So it is a whole team effort that makes the place so memorable.
    Hello Ian, what a great review, thank you so much💚 We are indeed, a hidden gem - thanks for spreading the word! We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit, and will pass on your kind words to all the team. Look forward to welcoming you back very soon. 🌼🍰 best wishes from the 1620s House & Garden Team.
    Written 5 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
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MisterB
Leicestershire, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Great Visit. Good value trip with interesting volunteer garden and house guides Sue and Virginia who "made it". Pleasant Tea Room for refreshments. Plenty of parking. Tucked away on the outskirts of Coalville. Really glad I found this. It deserves a higher profile.
Written 23 May 2024
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Hello there, thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a great review. We're really pleased you had such a good time with us - we agree that our wonderful volunteers always go that extra mile to make visits very special. Very best wishes from the 1620s House & Garden team 💚
Written 24 May 2024
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neild781
Boston, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A little gem which we found by accident whilst looking to kill some time before check in time at our hotel. Knowledgeable, chatty guide who explained the items on display plus the history of the house and the rationale behind the way the house was set up very well. The well laid out garden has been planted with items that would've been popular during the period, and grouped by their uses. Each plant also had a small information board with it, which just added to the experience. And finally the tearoom is excellent !! The entry fee to the site gives you a ticket which is valid for 12 months, our only disappointment being that we're not close enough to re-visit on a regular basis.
Written 20 May 2024
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Thank you very much for your review. we are glad you found our little gem. sounds like you had a lovely day with us and we are sad you are unable to visit us regular too. Hopefully you can use your ticket again soon. Many Thanks 💚
Written 22 May 2024
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David W
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We recently had a very interesting visit to the house and garden and I would recommend you pay it a visit. The volunteers Helen (house) & Michael (garden) both took us on very interesting tours and brought the place to life with facts about how people lived out their lives at the property over the centuries.
Written 20 May 2024
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Hello, sounds like you had a great day with us. Thank you for your review. i will pass on this on to the volunteers who you had your tours with. Hope you can join us again soon. Many Thanks 💚
Written 22 May 2024
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maryandhector
Yarm, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Absolutely charming house and gardens which proved to be an excellent choice for a family meet up! Wonderfully peaceful atmosphere!
The tea room provided us with enjoyable lunch, and later afternoon tea. Good cakes!
The lady who guided us round the fascinating Manor house was friendly, informative and amusing.
There are many things you can touch/ sit on, and good period dressing up for children!
We didn't manage to go on an official garden tour, and hope to come back another time for that. The garden is stocked with plants which would have been grown in the 1620s. There are many herbs, and very informative labelling.
Small Gift shop sold some excellent local products.
Exceptionally good value.
We really enjoyed our visit!
Written 16 May 2024
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Thank you so much, we appreciate it. Sounds like you had a lovely day here. We agree with you the cakes are definitely good we all have a favourite. We do hope you come visit us again soon. Many Thanks
Written 16 May 2024
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Hillybilly50
Leicestershire56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We had an excellent and enjoyable trip here, today. The house is so interesting and our guide, Helen was really informative and brought the lovely manor house to life.
The gardens are well laid out and each plant is clearly labelled with information. We enjoyed our coffee and cake, sitting in the sunshine.
Can definitely recommend a visit and certainly a guided tour of the house.
Written 4 May 2024
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Thank you very much for taking the time and leaving us a lovely review. I will pass on your review to the team. we hope you can join us again soon. Many Thanks💚
Written 9 May 2024
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Megan R
Nottingham, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
We had our wedding reception here it was amazing the afternoon tea was spectacular all homemade our guests loved it . Barbara and her team made the day Karen and Sue were a hoot made all the guests feel welcome helped us decorate so looked lovely so relaxed and great at pouring processo x
Can't recommend highly enough we loved it they were part if the wedding party .
Written 11 April 2024
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We are all so pleased that it went well for you . Thank you so much for sending in a review it's so kind of you. I will make sure that your messages are passed onto the team. If you ever have time then don't hesitate to call in an visit us again.
Written 14 April 2024
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Honor N
Loughborough, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This house is an absolute gem, with a fascinating history. The original house dates from the 13th century however its documented history dates from the late 16th century. The volunteer guides are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and the Barn Tearooms, with delicious homemade soup and cakes, is welcoming, with very pleasant staff. The gardens and lawn are laid out in 17th century style. Everyone is so friendly, from the ticket office to the volunteer gardeners. Highly recommended! Tickets are valid for 12 months, we will make good use of these this year.
Written 4 April 2024
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are all so pleased that you have enjoyed the site. We all try our best to make your visits special and look forward to seeing you again.
Written 14 April 2024
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Basically T
Leicester, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
We have visited the house many times over the years but we feel that the improvements have really benefitted the experience. The guided tours are very informative, with dedicated tour guides. The cafe is always lovely, especially when you sit outside next to the herb garden. Your ticket will allow you entry for a year from purchase, which is always a bonus. A lovely family day out.
Written 30 March 2024
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Hello there, thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a great review. We're really pleased you had such a good time with us - we agree that our wonderful volunteers always go that extra mile to make visits very special. Very best wishes from the 1620s House & Garden team 💚
Written 1 April 2024
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Rosy
Leicester, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Just back from the candle lit witch mark tour for Halloween. We loved it! Waited for the tour to start in the cafe and enjoyed a latte served by friendly, chatty staff. The tour itself was absolutely fascinating. It was a real treat to wander round the atmospheric house and learn all about the measures residents of past times took to ensure witches didn't get in through the chimney or curdle their milk! Our tour guide was Gail, she was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and entertaining. It's a lovely place to enjoy on sunny days, beautiful grounds, but I'll be looking out for more evening events here in future too.
Written 31 October 2023
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Hello Rosy, what a amazing review, thank you, we couldn't ask for more! We'll pass on your enthusiasm to all the staff & volunteers, we are so glad you enjoyed The Candle lit whitch mark tours. Hope to see you again very soon. All the best from the 1620s House & Garden Team 💚
Written 2 November 2023
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Sarah R
Colchester, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
A brilliant find! A very warm welcome from the team at the ticket office. Learnt so much from the excellent tour of the house provided by Steve where his incredible knowledge about the house and local history brought it all to life and his passion shone through. The gardens were also lovely with very informative signs. Then tasty cobs and cakes in the tea rooms to end the visit too - thank you to all involved!
Written 28 September 2023
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Hello Sarah, thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a great review. We're really pleased you had such a good time with us - we agree that our wonderful volunteers always go that extra mile to make visits very special, I will let our Volunteer steve know your kind comments. Hopefully you may visit us again, very best wishes from the 1620s House & Garden team 💚
Written 29 September 2023
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