Cultural Tours

There are many country house hotels and an increasing number of houses that are offering rooms in which guests might stay.

None, though, can offer the outstanding cuisine, service and accommodation in 27 bedrooms furnished with an internationally acclaimed art collection of the quality that Weston Park can offer. Guests can enjoy the ground floor rooms during their stay surrounded by exceptional works by van Dyck, Constable, Gainsborough, Stubbs, Reynolds and countless old masters, dining in the Dining Room, the recently restored Orangery or taking tea by the log fire in the Library with its thousands of richly bound volumes. Weston Park’s cultural tour groups have exclusive use of the House and therefore this remarkable country house, set in 1000 acres of Capability Brown parkland, is your own for the duration of your stay.

So extraordinary is the experience of staying at Weston Park that you might not want to leave and, with the opportunity to study the collections – which demonstrate excellent quality in every aspect of the fine and decorative arts – we would suggest that you allow a reasonable amount of time to enjoy them.

What makes Weston Park even more special is that groups can spend time with the knowledgeable team of staff. Head Gardener Martin Gee, whose family has been at Weston Park since 1803, and whose ancestor John Gee is depicted in a painting in the House collection, offers tours of the gardens and pleasure grounds and can talk from first hand professional and family experience about the generations of designers and plants people who have followed Capability Brown.

Curator & Head of Learning Gareth Williams has a wealth of knowledge from both the commercial and heritage worlds and is a well-regarded authority on the English country house and on fine and decorative art. He offers an itinerary building service for groups and is pleased to theme a group’s visits or to arrange visits to private houses with a specific historical link or focus on a particular aspect of fine and decorative art. Previous tours have focused on famous Shropshire names such as Charles Darwin or Abraham Darby, whilst others have taken a contextual view of Capability Brown and Thomas Chippendale. The emphasis, using Gareth’s service, is on the bespoke, to craft an informative and memorable cultural tour for guests with private visits to houses and museums where the welcome to our groups is personally given by the owners or custodian.

Unsurprisingly with these levels of service, Weston Park has greeted groups for repeat visits and we are pleased to have hosted tours from the UK and internationally.

Weston Park is ideally located as a base for exploring not only the grandest of British heritage (Chatsworth 1.5 hours; Powis Castle 1 hour; Chester 1 hours; Shrewsbury 35 minutes; Warwick 1.5 hours; Manchester 1.5 hours; Birmingham 40 minutes) but also offers an ideal opportunity for exploring the Welsh Marches and their remarkable private houses. Key museums, such as the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Ironbridge Gorge’s museums and the Wedgwood Museum are also within less than an hour’s drive.