Audley End House and Gardens

The gardens and grounds of Audley End are open. Takeaway catering is available and our shop is open, but all indoor areas remain closed, and safety measures are in place to keep everyone safe. You need to book your visit in advance. Please keep in mind the government’s latest advice on travelling. Find out more below.

Please note: The grounds and gardens at Audley End are open 10am - 5pm daily. To comply with government guidelines, all interior spaces including the House, Service Wing and shop are currently closed. The toilets will be open and the cafe will be open for takeaway only.

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 are currently closed. This includes:

    • The House
    • Servants Wing
    • The Stables

     

  • What changes have you made to your facilities?

    Cafe - The Cafe will open for takeaway service only with a selection of toasted sandwiches, paninis and hot breakfast baps available.

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

    Shop - Our shop is open.

    Plan your Visit

  • Visiting after 16 May

    Audley End's interior spaces will open after 16 May, in line with government guidelines. At Audley End this includes the Great Hall, Saloon, Library, Lower Taxidermy Gallery, picture gallery and coal gallery.

    The café will open with indoor and outdoor seating, and it will also offer takeaway. Audley End's shop will also open.

    Face coverings are required within all of our interior spaces.
    We have additional Covid-secure measures in place including social distancing, enhanced cleaning and limits on visitor numbers.

    Two ticket types will be available from 17 May until 30 June. These are the house and grounds ticket, and the grounds-only ticket – which is available at a reduced rate.  

     

  • 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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 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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