A very Victorian Christmas at Tyntesfield

A Very Victorian Christmas (c)National Trust/Steve Haywood

A totally immersive and characterful Victorian Christmas will be taking place at Tyntesfield during this year’s festive period.

From 26 November to 2 January visitors will be able to experience the festive life of Tyntesfield’s Victorian owners; the Gibbs and their servants, as they prepare for and enjoy the Christmas.

A Very Victorian Christmas (c)National Trust/Steve Haywood

A Very Victorian Christmas (c)National Trust/Steve Haywood


It will provide an insight into the private lives of their era with Mrs Gibbs ensuring her home is fit to receive guests, the servants busy decorating the house and the gentlemen of the house hiding away from the commotion.

‘The idea is to follow Christmas through the eyes of the Gibbs family who lived at Tyntesfield, watch them getting ready, see the house become decorated and even meet members of the family,’ said Hugh Harris, Tyntesfield’s Events Officer.

‘Not only will the house be decadently decorated from top to bottom in Victorian garb, but this will also be brought to life by the Gibb’s themselves, whilst visitors will be able to interact and learn about their life in a Victorian country house at Christmas.’

‘We will also be opening the house at night, lighting the footpaths leading to the house, which will also be lit up from within, with all the curtains and shutters open, giving people the chance to peek in the windows and see the Christmas festivities as they arrive.’

A Very Victorian Christmas (c)National Trust/Paul Blakemore

A Very Victorian Christmas (c)National Trust/Paul Blakemore

Evening visitors will also hear the sound of carols spilling from the chapel with a programme of eight different choirs performing throughout December and to watch as the family hold a grand waltz in the Drawing Room.

‘The days of National Trust places all being closed during winter are long gone,’ added Hugh. ‘We are open throughout December with the house open every day except Christmas Day and decorated in a traditional Victorian style.’

Details of all the Christmas events and activities at Tyntesfield is available on www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tyntesfield

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