“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.” John Ruskin
Perfect for those who’ve never visited before, this intimate pre-booked tour is a great introduction to the David Parr House.
Led by a trained guide, you’ll enter an ordinary-looking terraced house and discover the amazing work of a 19th century decorative artist and working man – David Parr – a man who helped to execute some of the greatest Arts & Crafts and neo-Gothic designs of the day. David Parr created a stunning set of hand-painted interiors in his family home, inspired by his work for George Bodley, William Morris and many more. His work lay hidden from view for decades, but is now open to the public to experience for the first time.
The house is a unique survival, a unique place. On David Parr’s death, his granddaughter Elsie moved in and stayed for over 80 years, conserving and overlaying her grandfather’s ‘beautiful piece of work’ with her own family life of which many mementos remain. As you walk through the house, you will experience not only David Parr’s art and story but also the already lost world of the 20th century, the relationship between arts, crafts and life of which this beautifully decorated house is the perfect expression.
Please note: Our personal guided tour may be replaced with an audio version of the same tour. Recorded using 14 guides and team members, the tour is delivered via audio wands or straight to your phone via QR codes (please bring own headphones). The Trust reserves the right to replace the personal guided tour at any time in response to pandemic and to protect both visitors, volunteers and staff. By booking a tour it is on the understanding that you accept these conditions.
All visitors will be asked to wear a face mask in the David Parr House and Visitor Centre.
Want to plan a visit for a group of 7 people or more? See our Group Visit page.
As we move into the next phase of living with COVID-19, the safety and wellbeing of all our visitors, staff and volunteers remains of upmost importance. Face masks are now optional and the house is well ventilated. Please do not attend the tour if you, or those you live with, test positive for or are displaying symptoms of COVID, instead please contact us. To read our risk assessment please click here.
In the winter months the house can be quite cold – please dress warmly as bulky coats are not allowed in the house!
Please note before booking: we welcome children aged 12 and over (due to the delicate nature of the artwork the house is unsuitable for younger children and babies).
Refunds – Please Note We are unable to offer refunds on tickets purchased.
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If you are a UK tax payer you can support the David Parr House by opting to Gift Aid your ticket. By choosing to give a 10% donation, the Government will give us an extra 25% on top of your whole entrance fee. It makes a massive difference to charities like us, and makes a significant contribution to the maintenance of the House.