Public Viewing

Stoke Park is open to the public for £3 a head (£1.50 for children) for 28 days a year from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. Open days have until now been concentrated in the month of August, but this may change; and you are advised to check on this website or to ring 01604 862 329 for up-to-date information. But visitors are welcome at Stoke Park at any time of year if they have made a prior appointment either by ringing Alexander Chancellor at the above telephone number or by emailing him on info@stokeparkpavilions.co.uk.

There are no entertainment, catering or toilet facilities for visitors, but they are allowed inside the West Pavilion and to enjoy unfettered access to the gardens and to the 100-acre park. The main point of a visit, however, is to look at the splendid architecture of the pavilions, which were built in about 1630 by the architect Inigo Jones, the first person to introduce from Italy the Palladian style of architecture that was to dominate building in Britain throughout the next century. Together with the Banqueting House in Whitehall and the Queen’s House in Greenwich, the pavilions are among the very first neo-classical buildings in Britain.