Guided Tour of Longford Castle
On Saturday 25th March, members of the Society and their guests will be given a guided tour of the Longford Castle, home of the Earls of Radnor for over 300 years, and one of the grandest stately homes of Britain.
It was originally built in the late 16th century to an unusual triangular plan, then in the 18th century the second Earl of Radnor employed James Wyatt to transform it into a hexagonal palace but this project was abandoned part-way through. It was left to the fourth Earl of Radnor and Victorian architect Anthony Salvin to complete it.
It has an important collection of major works of art formed by successive generations of the family and features works by Van Dyke, Claude, Hals, Reynolds and Gainsborough. There are also Brussels tapestries, oriental porcelain and exceptional 18th century English and continental furniture.
The tour of the castle (ground and first floor plus gardens) is by application only and lasts one and a half to two hours. The cost will be £15 per person, £17 for non-members. To download an application form please click on the following link Longford Visit 2017. Please note that priority will be given to members, but non-members are also welcome to apply.