In the 18th-century, the powerful Temple-Grenville family chose to create an idyllic landscape filled with temples. Amidst these enchanting gardens, they built the most lavish temple of all, Stowe House, famous during its 18th-century heyday as an important artistic masterpiece.
In 1922, in the face of demolition, Stowe School saved the building from certain destruction. Unlike the loss and decline of many English country houses, Stowe House found a new and revived use for the 20th and 21st-centuries as a school for boys and girls. Stowe House Preservation Trust was established in 1997 to restore the House and share this special place with the world.
Come inside the House to see the results of one of the most pioneering restoration projects of the 21th century and see inside one of the most excessive homes in England.
Access by pre-booked ticket only from 1st April; dates released throughout the year and booking only open within one month of visit.
Use website to view open dates and book.
Access is by pre-booked ticket only; dates released throughout the year and booking only open within one month of visit.
The main entrance to the House is via the gardens of National Trust Stowe. The National Trust Visitor Centre is called New Inn. Please arrive at New Inn and enjoy your walk through the Gardens to reach us. Garden admission applies.
When arriving for a House only visit or we ask that you enter the estate via our private Stowe School entrance.
Please note you must telephone or email in advance to arrange access via this entrance to the estate.
There is ample visitor parking and it is located close to the House. There is no charge for parking at the House.
For prearranged access to this entrance please use postcode MK18 5EH
Car park on site
- Free for house visit
Historic Houses members visit for free but must book in advance online.
- Touch tours
- Accessible toilets
- Accessible parking
- Access statement available
Our learning programme is based on the tradition of creativity at Stowe House and we use this to provide an inspirational learning experience. We closely connect our workshops to the National Curriculum but whatever the focus, the content is cross-curricular and includes at least one core subject.
Our sessions are designed to be fun, hands-on and active, with opportunities to be in role, dress up, tell stories and make something creative. All of our workshops have been developed in consultation with local schools and are delivered by a dynamic and highly experienced team.