Architecture walks around the UK

From medieval villages to glass skyscrapers, the five tours to add to your diary

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Turn End Trust in Partnership with Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

This tour includes a look around the incredible Flint House – a flint stonework masterpiece commissioned by Lord Rothschild and winner of the 2015 Riba House of the Year Award – and the Windmill Hill archive building. Both are on the Waddesdon Estate, home to Waddesdon Manor, which was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1885. Led by Pippa Shirley, Waddesdon's head of collections and gardens, and head archivist Catherine Taylor, the day will also include a private screening of documentary Turn End, which tells the story of a group of three modern houses (The Turn, Middle Turn, Turn End) built in the 1960s in the village setting of Haddenham by architect Peter Aldington, along with a now Grade II* listed garden.

6 June 2018; £27.09–£37.69 pp;

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Secrets of 66 Portland Place, London

Fancy a snoop around the Grade II* listed HQ of the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba)? Book a Saturday guided building tour where dedicated guides will spend an hour walking you through the history and design of this landmark building, and the important work Riba does to champion great architecture. Also included in the £8 ticket price is a tea or coffee and a brownie or flapjack from the cafe to keep you going.

Tours take place every second and fourth Saturday of the month, 2.30pm–3.30pm. The next tour is on 24 Feb; Image © Philip Vile

From Cathedral to Commerce, London

Celebrating the London skyline's mix of old and new, this City walking tour explores the history versus glass-covered modernity of the financial district's architecture, where the imposing 1930s Bank of England building shares a neighbourhood with the shimmering Gherkin. Starting from the City of London Information Centre, next to St Paul's Cathedral, an architectural historian and conservation advisor will guide this two-and-a-half hour walk, culminating at Liverpool Street.

24 Feb 10am–12.30pm; £25.50pp;

Dean Village, Edinburgh

Take a two-hour stroll around Edinburgh's Dean Village – a green oasis hiding just outside the city on the banks of the Water of Leith river. Once a hub for the area's flour milling, the village provided food for Edinburgh from around the 12th century, and remnants of the industry can still be seen today. After an introduction to the history of Edinburgh's medieval villages, this tour will check out Victorian mews housing, walk around red-bricked Arts and Crafts Victorian social housing, and take in the 1830s stonework of Dean Bridge, designed by Thomas Telford (this was his last major work).

Various dates; £27pp;

20th Century Cornwall: Art, Architecture & Design, Cornwall

Turn your tour into a mini-break with this five-day exploration of Cornwall's varied artistic and architectural history, led by renowned architectural historian Alan Powers. Enjoy privileged access to private houses and museum collections, visit Anglo-Catholic churches, see the first joint work of Norman Foster and Richard Rogers and a 1964 house by Giles Blomfield, along with private boat trips and a stay at the idyllic four-star Alverton Hotel in Truro.

10 April to 14 April 2018; £1,095 pp;

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