Experience a real life period drama as you explore life above and below stairs.
The Mansion House
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.
Come and Play at Our House
Go behind previously closed doors and see how Victorian children played and grew up, in the newly opened nursery. Visit the Coal Gallery, once a hive of activity, as we recreate the hustle and bustle of servant's daily routines. Find out more about the new rooms.
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 May-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.
- The resident horses in the stable block
- The children's play area next to the Cart Yard Café
- Our service wing where you can meet Mrs Crocombe as she prepares food for the family (May - September)
Before You Arrive
Events At Audley End House and Gardens
Easter Adventure Quest
Fri 18 - Mon 21 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.