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Tour The Manor With a 17th Century Guide

In Enfield, on the very edge of London you will find the former home of the seventeenth century textile mercer, Sir Nicholas Rainton. He built the Forty Hall between 1629-1632, and it is now classed as a Grade 1 listed manor house, viewable to the public. On the estate you'll see beautiful gardens & parkland, an idyllic farm, a grand banqueting suite, cafe, and of course Forty Hall itself.

There is so much to see and do that it is difficult to take in all on your own, which is why one of Sir Nick's trusty seventeenth century servants has popped out of time to give you a guided tour of the manor. A ticket is £8 for adults, £5 concessions, or £12 for families, and gives you the choice of three different types of one hour tours, which start at 2pm.

The first is a general tour, which is best suited for families as it gives children a fun and interactive way of learning without swamping them with too much detail. The next dates are the 22nd June, and the 3rd & 24th August.

Heritage enthusiasts will probably want to go on the architectural tour, which takes an in-depth look at the interior and exterior architecture, plus a sneak peek at the cellars. The dates are the 6th & 27th July, and 17th August.

Alternatively, the Rainton tour will take a more personal look at the life of Sir Nicholas Rainton, including his role as Lord Mayor of London.
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When: 22nd & 29th June, 6th, 20th & 27th July, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st Aug
Phone: 020 8363 8196
Where: Forty Hall Estate
Cost: £8 adult, £5 concession, £12 family
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