The Vyne

The Vyne, National Trust
Sherborne St John, Hampshire

Average visit time – 2-3 hours.

Things to do at The Vyne review

The Vyne is a 16th century estate maintained by the National Trust in Sherborne St John, near Basingstoke, Hampshire. There is a red-bricked Tudor mansion which is Grade 1 listed and a ring at the mansion was the inspiration for Lord of the Rings.

In the house, there are 500-year-old Majolica tiles, Renaissance stained glass and beautiful wood carvings in the Tudor chapel. The households treasures collected by the Chute family including furniture, tapestries and paintings. You can explore rooms once enjoyed by Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Jane Austen. Kids can dress up as a Victorian or take part in a tapestry trail within the house. There is also a children’s play trail outdoors (suggested donation of £1 for the trail sheet).

The house itself is set in 13 acres of pretty gardens. With a summerhouse, walled garden and more. There is also acres of woodland with trails that pass ancient trees and a medieval fishpond. The hidden realm is a play area for under 10s. It has a network of turf-covered tunnels with sound tubes for communicating. There is an Iron-Age style wooden fort, bridge, mini bamboo jungle, slide, stream and a deep sandpit surrounding the tunnel.

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FAQ and Further Information The Vyne

Address: Vyne Rd, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke RG24 9HL, Hampshire, England. Phone: 01256 883858

Category – Historic House – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages

Is there food and drink available?

There is a restaurant serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.

What are the main things to do?

Historic house you can explore with dress up and a trail, outdoor trails, imaginative play area, woodland walks. There are toilets and a restaurant.

What are the ticket prices?

*FREE or mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE to members of the National Trust or mid-range. An adult standard ticket costs £8, children £4. Under 5s are free and family tickets are available.

Is there parking?

There is free on-site parking.

When are they open?

The Vyne is open almost all year round. For up to date opening times please visit their website.

Dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome in the gardens but only assistance dogs are permitted indoors.

Are they accessible?


The Vyne
The Vyne
The Vyne
The Vyne
Photos credited to the National Trust

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