House Tour

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


Thursdays, Fridays (2021 only) 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.

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. In the winter months the house can be quite cold – please dress warmly as bulky coats are not allowed in the house!

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

Booking Info

We will be operating in accordance to guidelines regarding the pandemic and will be asking visitors to wear a face mask to physical tours and when in our visitor centre.  If you have symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who has had symptoms or have been advised by Test and Trace to self isolate, please do not come for your tour. To read our risk assessment please click here.

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.

If you unable to come on your booked tour we suggest that you gift your tickets to friends or family and ask that you e-mail their names to us at .  Thank you

Special requirements? Access information is available here.


Help Support the David Parr House through Gift Aid

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.

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