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Sunday 1 April 2012


Trust Launches Public Appeal for Information



Stowe House, Buckingham , MK18 5EH, UNITED KINGDOM


As World Monuments Fund (WMF) comes close to reaching its fundraising target of £10 million, with only £99,500 left to be raised, the Stowe House Preservation Trust (SHPT) launches an appeal for the publicís assistance in finding out what happened to the lost treasures of Stowe. It is over 150 years since Stowe House, the magnificent Grade I listed Neoclassical palace set in 400 acres of landscaped park in Buckinghamshire, was stripped of its contents.

Opening Times:

Sunday to Thursday:
During term-time: guided tours only at 2pm and 3pm from Sunday to Thursday. The guided tour lasts approx. 45 minutes.
School holidays: open 1 to 5.30 pm (last admission 5pm) over Easter and throughout July and August.
Please check website:

Admission Prices:

Tickets for the House can be purchased either at the National Trust Visitor Centre or at the House on the day.
Adult: £4.75; children under 16 free
NT Members: Adult: £4.10;
Joint House and Garden tickets: Adult: £12.40
HHA Members free entry to House
Groups: must be booked in advance, tel. +44 (0)1280 818229

Guided Tours:

The tour takes place every day that the House is open to the public and covers different aspects of the history of the family and the House. There is no extra charge for the tours and no booking is required.
During the school holidays specialist tours take place during the week. Please visit website:

Further Information:
Tel. +44 (0)1280 818166 (24-hour information line)
Tel. +44 (0)1280 818229 (office hours Monday to Friday)


Detailed directions can be downloaded from the website.
Entry to Stowe House is via the National Trustís new visitor entrance, New Inn, on the south side of the estate.
By road: M40 from west London: leave at J10 take A43, then A422 to Buckingham, then follow NT Stowe Landscape Gardens sign; from Birmingham leave at J11 follow A422 as above.
M1 from London leave at J13, take A421 towards Buckingham, A422 to Brackley; from the north leave at J15a.

Public Transport:

Rail: nearest stations are Milton Keynes (16 miles) and Bicester North (11 miles)
Bus: nearest buses are to Buckingham (3 miles)


Stowe House welcomes visitors with disabilities. Although the House is fully accessible it is advised you are accompanied by an able-bodied carer.
There is limited parking near the House in the Stowe School visitor car park on the north side of the estate. Those with further mobility restrictions may be dropped off directly in front of the North front steps (main entrance).
The State Rooms on the first floor (Piano Nobile) are accessible via a staircase within the House or a lift.
Wheelchairs are available upon request. There are public toilets available in the House including facilities for the disabled.
Please contact +44 (0)1280 818229 during office hours to make arrangements in advance.


Visitors are requested to park in the National Trust car park at New Inn. The walk to the House is approx. 20 minutes. If you need to be closer to the House entrance for access reasons, there is limited parking in the Stowe School car park which is signposted as you drive in front of the House.

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