Explore the fascinating world of the Victorian judges at this award-winning historic house.

If you are planning a visit with a group (10+) we have special admission rates. Just call or email us to make your booking. Although you do not need to book for admission, we do recommend it so we can ensure that there is only one group in the building at any time. If not, we cannot guarantee we will be able to provide you with audio tours and guidebooks.  Group audio tours are available on any day and in the evening. You can find our admission prices here.

 In addition to this, we would be happy to supply light refreshments:

Tea / Coffee & biscuits  £1.75                               

Tea/Coffee & home-made cakes  £3.50

We do not have a cafe on site and these refreshments are provided just for you, so we do have to know that you would like this in advance.


Stapleton Castle Tours

We can arrange for your group to visit the fascinating ruins of of Stapleton Castle. For more information, just have a lot at the details here. Please note, there is rough walking and no seating in this tour, so be prepared!


Fancy trying something different - and delicious - with your group?

The Judge's Lodging has  a reputation for  creating historically accurate, delicious Victorian and Georgian dishes at grand meals.  Now we want to share this with everyone.  We have three new types of visit available to your group, all of which involve a bit of indulgence

The Victorians at Christmas   Victoria & Albert at Christmas

A special festive guided tour of the building by flickering light and roaring fire. Learn about traditional decorations, Victorian present-giving, pantomime, festive food and much more. Conclude your tour with a warming winter punch and mince pies around the huge Victorian Christmas tree.

 November & December.   Available any week day after 3pm and any time at weekends. £12 per person, including refreshments.



Autumn Delights     

applesTake the fascinating audio tour around the building, followed by a selection of yummy seasonal apple recipes,  all taken from the books of the greatest Victorian cooks and served in our sumptuous Dining Room. Boiled apple pudding, apple cheesecakes, spicy tarts and jelly amongst the delicious offerings.  Free souvenir recipe sheet to take away and try at home.

September & October.   Available during the day or evening. £12 per person, including refreshments and recipes



Jelly & Ice-Cream for Grown-ups

jelly from Mrs BeetonThis special tour will include a look more closely at the Victorian art of pudding-making, specifically jelly and ice-cream.  Take the audio tour around the building and staff will join you in the gas-lit  kitchen to talk about puddings and their preparation, showing you the equipment available to the cooks of the day. You can then release your inner child in the Dining Room as you sample a selection of jellies, creams and ice-creams, all taken from the books of the greatest Victorian cooks. Free souvenir recipe sheet to go home with.

Available any time (except November & December).  £12 , including a yummy selection of puddings and recipes


Here's a few pics of our kitchen set up ready for the jelly & icecream talk recently

Victorian jelly moulds Victorian kitchen equipment


There is a minimum booking of 15 people  for food tours or audiotours after 5pm - we are happy to accommodate less of you, but there will be a charge for this number.




Strange But True

  • list arrowWhat did Victoria do first

    after her coronation in 1837?  Have a parliamentary meeting?  Have tea with all the royal dignitaries?  No - she gave her dog, Dash, a bath.


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