Audley End House and Gardens

The grounds, service wing and stable yard at Audley End are now open for you to visit. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. There are other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.

Welcome to Audley End

We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. To book your visit, click here.

Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs. 

  • Gardens - Our blooming gardens are open for you to enjoy while keeping to social distancing rules.
  • Service Wing - The Service Wing will be open with social distancing in place.
  • NEW for Summer - From 18 July join our family friendly activities across the grounds including live interpretation in the open air and our fun Summer Quest trail.
  • House - The House will remain closed for now.
  • Cafe - The Cartyard cafe is open for takeaways light refreshments  such as hot and cold drinks, wrapped cakes and ice-creams with a new one-way system in place. Our pre-booked afternoon teas will be unavailable during this time. Our Cartyard Cafe is taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Find out more here.
  • Shop -  The shop will be temporarily relocated to the Visitor Information Centre with a new one-way system.
  • Playground - The playground is closed until further notice. 
  • Toilets - Toilets will be open across the site at the Cartyard, laundry room and portaloos by the entrance. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available across the site. 
  • Dogs - Dogs on leads are welcome to enjoy our grounds.
  • Face coverings - Face coverings must be worn when buying in Audley End's indoor shop and café or tea room, and we recommend wearing them in all other indoor spaces. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don’t miss out.
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Summer Fun at Audley End

SUMMER QUEST

This summer, from 18 July, take your family on a free fun adventure quest with a historical twist. Download your trail map here.

SUMMER WEEKENDS

On weekends from 18 July we will be bringing the story of the House and Service Wing to life with live interpretation in the open air.  Find out more.

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Admire the interiors of what was once one of the largest and most opulent houses in Jacobean England. Wander around our spacious grounds and admire the glorious gardens designed by Capability Brown, including our beautifully restored parterre and organic kitchen gardens. Take a stroll over to the stable yard and meet our friendly horses before topping up your energy with a delicious treat in the cafe. 

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Guidebook: Audley End

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 Audley End Timeline

1139De Mandeville Family

Geoffrey de Mandeville, 1st Earl of Essex, founds a Benedictine priory at Walden, which becomes Walden Abbey in 1190.

1538From Abbey to Mansion

The abbey is suppressed by Henry VIII and granted to Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor. He transforms the abbey buildings into a mansion.

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