National Trust Upton House & Gardens

A country house in war-time

In 1939 the owners of Upton House moved out and their family-owned bank moved in. Driven by the need to protect bank staff and assets from the London air raids, M. Samuel & Co., moved into the house for the duration of the Second World War. When you visit Upton House you join that story and step back in time to see how the bank staff lived and worked in their new surroundings.



Free parking, 300 yards


Shop – stocks locally sourced products and art books

Plant sales – inspired by the garden

Restaurant – serving hot lunches, homemade cakes and local produce

Free parking, 300 yards

Natural play on the woodland trail

Baby-changing and feeding facilities

Front-carrying baby slings and hip-carrying infant seats for loan

Smaller hot lunch portions and lunch boxes in the restaurant

Taster tours run most days

Groups welcome

Dogs – assistance dogs only


Adult  £10.45
Child  £5.15
Family  £26.05





Jolly British atmosphere

With Dig for Victory, Knit for Victory and Banking for Victory slogans around the house and grounds and the whole story behind the house itself one can’t help but feeling in awe of the famous plucky British spirit.

“Deeds not words”.

The family motto inspires. Lord Bearsted undertook secret war efforts, and in Europe helping fellow Jews in peril whilst Lady Bearstead helped finance and run mobile canteens in London.

Homecooked food

Wallflowers and roses were in abundance when I visited and after a stroll round the grounds I headed to the Pavillion Restaurant for some jolly fine food. I highly recommend the leek & potato soup and rhubarb crumble & custard!


Gallery: Upton House




Further Information

Please see the National Trust website for up to date prices,  opening times, directions & special events.