Gardens at Audley End

Audley End House and Gardens

Originally adapted from a medieval Benedictine monastery, the house and gardens at Audley End were amongst the largest and most opulent in Jacobean England. Today Audley End is set in a tranquil landscape with stunning views across the unspoilt Essex countryside. Visitors can enjoy the painstakingly restored parterre with its eye-catching bedding scheme and a walled kitchen garden run entirely on organic principles. It's possible to see elements of English gardening on a grand scale at Audley End carried out by the most influential designers of the day such as Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

Plan your visit

For opening times, prices, directions and other useful details, see our Visitor Information pages.

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Don’t miss

The walled garden is a fascinating example of the workings of a Victorian kitchen garden.

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Seasonal Highlights

Find out what the gardens at Audley End have to offer throughout the year, from spring bulbs to autumn colour.

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The Parterre

The parterre provides a lavishly coloured tapestry of flowers and foliage which is one of the seasonal highlights of Audley End.

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Read about our gardens

Winner of The Garden Media Guild Book Awards 2010, ‘The Gardens of English Heritage' describes the magnificent parks and gardens owned by English Heritage.

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Buy the Guidebook

The Audley End guidebook is one of a suite of authoritative and beautifully illustrated guides that help to bring our properties to life with their photographs, plans and reconstruction drawings.

Audley End guidebook