Halswell House is currently undergoing a large-scale restoration and so cannot be open to individual visitors at this time. However we are always very pleased to host interested groups who would like to learn more about the historic buildings or have an insight into a restoration project. 

Upcoming Visits


Sunday, 10th September – Heritage Open Day at the Temple of Harmonydsc_0450

Saturday, 23rd September – Goathurst Barbeque at the Temple of Harmonyimage17

Monday, 25th September – Country Land and Business Association Group VisitScreen Shot 2017-06-30 at 15.15.04

Monday, 9th October – Historic Houses Association Group VisitHHA

 Sunday, 5th November – Halswell Bonfire Night Partyimage

Past Visits


Wednesday, May 3rd – Bath University Masters Degree Teaching Course Visit

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The students at Bath University continue their educational visits to Halswell House for historical digs and excavations

Sunday, May 14th – BBC Radio Visit


Ann Manders is interviewed by BBC Radio show Clueless, as the Temple of Harmony is used as a clue on one of their broadcasts

Saturday, May 20th – Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society Group Visit

Wednesday, June 7th – Bob Croft Visit

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Bob Croft, County Archaeologist and his team visit after his Heritage Landscape Walk tour of Cothelstone Hill, to view the on-going digs by Marc Steinmetzer at Halswell House.

Monday, 26th June – Somerset Building Preservation Trust Annual General Meeting


Monday, 18th January – Mill Wood Tree Planting with Somerset Gardens Trust


Ann Manders, Simon Bonvoisin, Ian Dier and Edward Strachan at the Tree Planting 

Monday, 8th February – Tree Presentation with Somerset Gardens Trust


The group at the Tree Presentation event.

Saturday, 23rd April – Oxford Graduates Architectural Society Group Visit


All Souls College, Oxford, 1598. Nicholas Halswell was Proctor of the college in 1480 as was Hugh Halswell in 1627. Ten Halswell men in total were at the University of Oxford in the years between these All Soul’s posts. The Tudor Knot Garden being created at Halswell House is based on the designs at All Souls when the Halswell’s were there.

Friday, 29th April – Bath University Master Degree Teaching Course Visit


The students at Bath University continue their educational visits to Halswell House for historical digs and excavations

Saturday, May 7th – Wiveliscombe Civics Society Visit

Friday, 10th June – Tipple at the Temple

Thursday, 18th August – U3A Visit

Sunday, 11th September – Heritage Open Day Visit at the Temple of Harmonydsc_06061

Monday, 17th October – SAVE Britain’s Heritage Visit to Halswell by Henrietta Billings, Emily Lunn and Mike Fox

Friday, 28th October – Halswell Topping Out Party

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To commemorate the completion of the roof over the Elizabethan Manor House, Edward Strachan hosted a Topping Out Halloween Party at Halswell House

Sunday, 11th December – Historic England’s Somerset Conservation Officer’s Group Visit


Wednesday, 18th March – Bath University Masters Teaching Course


Students from Bath University, led by Dr. Marion Harney, visit Halswell House for their Master Degree Course

Saturday, 11th April – Folly Fellowship Visit

Saturday, 19th September – Somerset Gardens Trust 25th Anniversary


Thursday, 9th October – The Georgian Group

Tuesday, 11th November – Edward’s Birthday and the Reopening of Halswell

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