Audley End House and Gardens

The gardens at Audley End are open to local visitors and Members within government guidelines. You will need to book in advance in order to visit, and we ask everyone to please bear in mind the government’s latest advice on essential journeys before you plan your visit. All the interior spaces will be closed including the House, but the gardens remain open. We have additional safety measures in place at all of our sites including social distancing, enhanced cleaning and limits on visitor numbers to protect the health of all our visitors, staff and volunteers. 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.

The grounds and gardens at Audley End will be open Sat - Sun from 7 November - 2 December. Please note all indoor spaces including the house, service wing and stables will be closed. The toilets will be open.

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    Advance booking is now essential. 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. Make sure you've read our ticketing FAQ before you book.

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  • What parts of the site are closed?

    To comply with the latest government guidance, all indoor areas of Audley End will be closed until 2 December. This includes:

    • The House
    • Servants Wing
    • The Stables
    • Servants Hall Tearoom
    • Cart Yard Cafe
    • Shop - you can still browse the English Heritage online shop here.

     

    We hope to resume our normal winter opening from 3rd December, with The Great Hall, Saloon, Library and Lower Taxidermy Gallery of the House, as well as the Servants Wing and Stables, open with social distancing measures in place.

  • What changes have you made to your facilities?

    Cafe - The Cloud Hedge kiosk will open outside for light takeaway refreshments.

    Playground - The playground is open with social distancing measures in place.

    Toilets - Our toilets are open with addititional hand sanitising station available across the site.

    Plan your Visit

  • Keeping you Safe

    We've made a number of changes to help keep you safe. 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.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

    General Safety Information

  • Do I need to wear a face covering?

    Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas. We won't be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

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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