Visiting Nunwell House and Gardens

The resident owners of Nunwell House and Gardens Rosie and Stephen Bonsey are delighted to welcome visitors to enjoy its history and beauty.  The house is visited by guided tours which takes around ¾ hour to 1hour and you are welcome to enjoy the garden at your leisure.  It is not necessary to book in advance as tours of of the house are on a first come basis.  However it is very much appreciated if small groups of 20 or less do contact us so we can make any necessary arrangements to make the visit more special.

Opening Times 2017

May 8th to July 11th                                    Mon, Tues Only                                                (Closed Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun)

September 11th to 26th                             Mon, Tues Only                                                    (Closed Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun)

Opening hours 1pm to 4.30pm. The interior of the house is only visited by guided tours at 1.30pm and 3.00pm

No dogs allowed except guide dogs.

Groups welcome throughout the year by prior arrangement.

About The Visit

Surrounded by historical and natural parkland the original building dates from 1522 though there was a settlement before. The guided tour of the house takes people back through time architecturally.  The most modern part is the Edwardian billiard room which is available for hire.  This connects to the Victorian dining room with beautiful venetian style windows.  The tour then moves to the Georgian wing with an impressive bay window which overlooks Brading Haven and the Solent and on a fine day Goodwood racecourse pavilion can be seen.  The library offers a beautiful Florentine plaster ceiling along with the original Georgian bookcases.  

The tour then goes to the Jacobean part of the house which is where Sir John Oglander entertained King Charles 1st for which was possibly the Kings last night out of prison and relative freedom.  There are five acres of tranquil garden including a 18th century walled garden, lavender steps and mature borders.


Nunwell House Tour and Garden Visit
Adult: £7
Garden Only: £4
Accompanying child under 16: £2

Children under 16 must be supervised by the accompanying adult at all times.

No dogs allowed except guide dogs.

Apart from small handbags we do ask that bags are not taken on the tour of the house or in the grounds.

This is a family home and so the owners kindly ask that you do not take any interior photographs of the house and any exterior photographs are for personal souvenir use only.

Nunwell House

Nunwell House

Visiting Nunwell House and Gardens

Directions & Contact

Sat Nav Address: Coach Lane, Brading

The house is signposted off the A3055 roundabout as you exit Brading going towards Ryde.

Free car parking.

Directions and map – Click Here

Train to Brading railway station or
Bus 2 or 3 to Brading.


Telephone: 01983 407240

Small Groups

Groups of under 20 for the house or 25 for the garden only are asked to make contact in advance.

For large groups over 20 for the house or 25 for the garden click here.

Small groups may make bookings for guided tours of the house and for the tea room in advance upon advance payment.

Small groups wanting to visit outside of advertised opening times are welcome but there will be a minimum charge and prices may vary outside advertised opening times. Please contact us for details.

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