Insole Court Tours

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We offer a variety of different tours around Insole Court, hosted by local experts, each tour will offer visitors an opportunity to gain a more in depth understanding of the house and its rich history.

1 General Guided Heritage Tour

Our introductory tour, provided by knowledge project volunteers, to include as many ground floor rooms as available (please ask at the time of booking), plus the Library on the 1st floor. From June 2018, tickets to the heritage interpretation story will be available from reception – admission to these rooms is not included in the guided heritage tour. - 45minutes to 1 hour - £50 for up to 45 people (larger groups will be sub-divided)

2 Architecture Tour by Dr Elaine Davey Our specialist tour for those interested in design and architectural history provided by Dr Elaine Davey, Trustee. The tour will include as many ground floor rooms as available (please ask at time of booking) and the Library. - 45minutes to 1 hour - £50 for up to 18 people

3 John Prior Morris’ Fred Insole Talk (seated) Our dramatic experience! In this costumed and amusing presentation, Fred Insole tells the story of his family, whose Victorian rise and Edwardian decline mirrors Cardiff’s status during the same period. - 45minutes to 1 hour - £75 for up to 60 people

4 Penarth Alabaster Talk by Mike Statham (seated) An illustrated talk introducing the use of British alabaster, the earliest uses of Penarth alabaster up to C18 and its use in churches/secular buildings in C19th/C20th. - 45minutes to 1 hour - £75 for up to 60 people

5 Telling the Tale of Insole Court Gardens - Past and Present Join us for a meander around the grounds of Insole Court and hear the tale of the pleasure gardens. From Violet Insole and her Irises to Joseph Farley and his garden diaries. This tour is held outside: Bring raincoats / umbrellas / canvas stool as required. -45minutes to 1 hour - £50 for up to 15 people

* At present we are not able to offer any of the above tours through the medium of Welsh. Ar hyn o bryd, does ddim modd cynnal y teithiau uchod trwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.

6 This House is a Stage – An immersive audio tour of the upstairs rooms

Our experiential exhibition brings local history to life in the form of a dramatic rendition of the rise and the fall of the Insole Family, who built and inhabited the mansion, spanning an entire century from their arrival in Cardiff in the 19th century.

For the first time since the 1970s, the first floor of our house is open to the public. Visitors can follow the voices through the abandoned rooms to hear their stories come to life through a mix of audio technology and drama, sharing the story of the Insole family, their triumphs and their tragedies.

  • Opening times: 10.30am – 4.30pm Daily. The audio show will take place every hour, on the half hour throughout the day. Pre-booking is not essential and tickets are available on the day, subject to availability. Runs for approximately 40 minutes.
  • £5 for adults and free entry for under 16’s and Insole Court Supporters
  • Our show is available in both Welsh and English.


We will soon be offering tours of the gardens of Insole Court. Please check our website for updates.

To enquire about booking a tour, please contact:

I ymholi am archebu daith, cysylltwch â:

Telephone: 02921 167920 Email: [email protected]

*Please note that a number of rooms at Insole Court are hireable and therefore we may not have availability on your proposed date. Please be as flexible as possible with will try our best to accommodate your needs.

*Nodwch fod nifer o ystafelloedd yn Nghwrt Insole yn cael eu llogi ac felly mae’n bosibl na fydd gennym argaeledd ar eich dyddiad arfaethedig. Byddwch mor hyblyg â phosibl a gwnawn ein gorau i ddiwallu'ch anghenion.

Once we check availability, we will respond to confirm your booking. Unwaith i ni gwirio’n argaeledd, mi wnewn ni ymateb i gadarnhau’ch atcheb.

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