2019

PLAN A GRAND DAY OUT AT AUDLEY END HOUSE AND GARDENS

With its decadent Jacobean mansion house, Capability Brown-designed gardens, Victorian stables and service wing and children’s playground, Audley End House and Gardens in Essex has something for visitors of all ages. Here are the things you and your young explorers won’t want to miss during your visit…

VIDEO: JOIN US ON A TOUR OF AUDLEY END

We sent children’s TV presenter Maddie Moate to discover the history of Audley End House and Gardens, and explore its magnificent rooms and tranquil gardens. 

Join her as she finds out what the Great Hall was used for in the 19th century when it wasn’t hosting feasts and celebrations, see the view from the roof – which isn’t normally open to visitors – and take a stroll through the ornamental gardens, Victorian service wing and stables.

The luxurious saloon, with its original 17th-century ceiling panels and imposing fitted portrait paintings
The saloon, with its original 17th-century ceiling panels. Sir John Griffin Griffin refitted the room in 1785, installing the Gothick plaster frieze and new panelling in a Jacobean style

A rich history

Audley End was one of the greatest houses of early 17th-century England. In about 1605–14 Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk, took an earlier house created by his grandfather Lord Audley on the site of Walden Abbey, and rebuilt it on the scale of a royal palace. Robert Adam transformed this house for Sir John Griffin Griffin in the 1760s, while Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown remodelled the grounds, to create one of England’s finest landscape gardens.

Below, you can see our highlights from this vast and fascinating site. Also, curator of collections and interiors, Dr Peter Moore, reveals what to look out for within the house itself – including a Russian rat’s tail sent back from the Crimean War!

Top Ten things to see

PLAN YOUR VISIT

See the stunning interiors of the house at Audley End, along with the beautiful gardens surrounding it, for yourself with a day out at the Jacobean property. 

After exploring the house’s fascinating collections, enjoy stunning views across the unspoilt Essex countryside and wander the tranquil gardens created by ‘Capability’ Brown, gold winner of Anglia in Bloom Awards 2017.

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