House Tour

“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.” John Ruskin


Thursdays and Saturdays
9.30, 11.30, 13.30 and 15.30
Running time
1 hour 30 minutes
£14.50 (£16 with donation) per person
from 1 to 6 people per tour


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.

Want to plan a visit for a group of 7 people or more? See our Group Visit page.

Booking Info

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).

Special requirements? Access information is available here.


We are sorry but this tour is now fully booked for 2019.

If you would like to register your interest in tours for 2020 please send an email to and we will notify you when booking opens.

Alternatively you can book a Private Tour or Group Tour.


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