Private & Exclusive Tour of the Wormsley Library
£30.00 – £40.00
Owned by the Getty Family, Wormsley is a beautiful 18th century estate nestled in the heart of the Chilterns. Guests at this exclusive event will enjoy a private tour of its world famous library, which houses one of the finest private collections in the country. Sir Paul Getty’s expertise and enthusiasm has created a collection of great importance and beauty, unparalleled in recent times. The theme of the library is the Art of the Book, as expressed through printing, illustration, illumination, calligraphy and, in particular, bookbinding. Works dates from a 7th century fragment which lays claim to being the earliest English manuscript, through to flamboyant and elegant 20th century bindings.
Highlights of the collection are almost too numerous to mention but include rich and vivid medieval illuminated manuscripts dating from the 12th-15th centuries; the first edition of Caxton’s printing of The Canterbury Tales; Anne Boleyn’s Psalter and the first folio of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. There are also numerous important bibles, prayer books and maps.
The tour will last approximately 45 mins and refreshments will be served on arrival at the Estate’s prestigeous cricket ground.
We are running 3 sessions and the sessions are as follows. Please select your preferred time when booking tickets below: