Experience a real life period drama as you explore life above and below stairs.
Exciting Winter Works
In Spring 2014 Audley End House and Gardens will reveal even more of its fascinating past when it opens up the nursery suite to the public for the first time, as part of a £1.1m project that will also see fresh interpretation in other significant areas of Essex’s finest stately home. You can find out more about the work taking place at the bottom of this page.
The Mansion House (Reopening April 2014)
Explore the impressive great hall, grand reception rooms, state bedroom, libraries and 18th century gothic-style chapel in more detail than before, and uncover the story behind the Braybrooke’s unique natural history collection. Discover the intricate period details, furniture and paintings in this opulent Jacobean mansion house.
Meet the Staff
Great houses need an army of staff to keep everything running smoothly, and you can meet Audley’s in the Victorian Service Wing and nursery. Discover what life was like below stairs and see them at work in the kitchen, scullery, dairy, laundry and nursery every weekend in June-September.
Say hello to our resident horses in the stable block and hear the story of the estate at work and play. Regular riding displays, the original tack house and Audley’s Victorian fire engine bring to life the history of the workers who kept this huge estate running.
Organic Kitchen Garden
Our enormous walled garden still provides the estate with fresh organic fruit, vegetables and flowers all year round. Visit the glasshouse, vinery, bothy and potting shed and find out which Victorian varieties continue to thrive today.
Discover over 120 varieties of apples, 40 types of pears, 60 kinds of tomatoes plus many more fruits and vegetables in the Organic Kitchen Garden.
Even More to Explore
Once amongst the largest and most opulent in Jacobean England, today Audley End House is set in a tranquil landscape with stunning views across the unspoilt Essex countryside.
From the Parterre Garden with its glorious host of seasonal blooms, to the Cricket Pitch where you might catch local teams battling it out against one of the most magnificent backdrops in the country.
In the quiet calm of the East Park you’ll find the Temple of Concord where you can gaze upon the wonderful views of Audley End House and the Richard Woods and ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland.
Follow in the footsteps of the aristocratic Braybrookes and relax on the Tea House Bridge, designed by Robert Adam, and overlooking the Elysian Garden.
On your way to our Organic Kitchen Garden stop off at the secluded Pond Garden, created in 1865, a romantic setting reached by a small bridge and overhung with a delightful honeysuckle arch.
Stay and Play
When you start to feel peckish head to the Servants’ Hall Tea Room with its locally sourced menu including hot and cold meals, drinks and snacks. For light refreshments while you’re out and about there’s no better stop off than the Cart Yard Café, ideally located beside our horse themed children’s play area near the Stable Yard. Take inspiration from history at the shop where you can pick up jams and chutneys, wines, beers, books, garden gifts and more.
There is currently scaffolding on the house as we prepare to open up even more parts of Audley End than ever before in Spring 2014. For the first time visitors will be able to have a unique glimpse of life upstairs as well as down at Audley.
The nursery suite, the private domain of the 3rd Lord Braybrooke's eight children and their entourage of nursemaids and governesses will be recreated as it was in the 1830s. Plus the unique coal gallery which provided warmth and hot water to the mansion's upper floors will be revealed.
- Meet the horses in the stable block
- Let loose in the children's play area
- Visit the service wing and meet Mrs Crocombe as she prepares food for the family (June - Sept)
Before You Arrive
Events At Audley End House and Gardens
Easter Adventure Quest
Good Fri 18 Apr 2014
Young adventurers wanted this Easter weekend! Join our quest, meet characters from the past and crack the clues as you explore Audley End. Rise to the challenge and you’ll win a yummy chocolate reward. It's time to get hands-on with history.
May Day Festival
Sat 03 - Early May Bank Holiday Mon 05 May 2014
Roll up, roll up! Join us as we celebrate the arrival of Spring at this grand Victorian day out. Budding May Queens bring your posies and ribbons and dance the day away.