Facilities at Audley End House and Gardens

  • Parking

    Free car park on site with overflow on grass area. Parking for disabled visitors available. The main access gate to the site is 9'6" (h) x 9' (w) so vehicles larger than this will need to seek assistance from staff before trying to enter. Please note visitors for the miniature railway need to park in their car park across the road.
  • Food And Drink


    There are two cafés at Audley End.

    The Tearoom serves light lunches, snacks and hot and cold drinks. It also serves fresh soups made from vegetables grown in the organic kitchen garden, according to the time of year.

    The Cart Yard café, next to the playground, serves a selection of sandwiches and hot and cold drinks.

    See our Food and Drink page for more details of what we offer at Audley End.

  • Picnic Area

    You are very welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds.
  • Shop

    The shop sells a 'Victorian Gardens' range plus a wide range of souvenirs such as wines, books, jewellery, jams, regional food and products from our very own organic garden.
  • Toilets

    There are male and female toilets by the Tearoom and the Cart Yard Café. Baby changing facilities available at both locations.
  • Dogs


    Dogs on leads permitted in the grounds. Assistance dogs are welcome.

  • Museum

    Display in the Stable Block about the landscaping and development of the estate. Includes interactive audio and visual system.
  • Exhibition


    Guided tours are available on specific dates. Please see details on the Events page.

    Lively interactive displays trace the development of the estate, and allow visitors to ‘virtually’ meet the Victorian outdoor staff of Audley End, including the land steward, head gardener, gamekeeper, cowman and groom.

    Special days throughout the season when visitors can see and hear from costumed interpreters cooking, washing and ironing in traditional ways. Please see the Events section for details.

  • Gardens


    Fine formal Victorian gardens in the process of being restored to their former glory. Walled organic kitchen garden stocked to match the 1800s plants. River Cam dammed to provide artificial lake.

    Extensive grassed areas ideal for family activities. Bike stands available by Lion Gates, but please do not ride bikes inside the grounds. Kites are welcome.

  • Family Friendly


    Baby Changing Facilities

    There are male and female toilets by the Tearoom and the Cart Yard Café. Baby changing facilities available at both locations.

    Bottle / Food Warming

    Yes, please ask a member of staff at the cafe. We do not have a microwave.

    Child Sized Portions

    Children's lunch boxes available.

    High Chairs

    Two highchairs available.

    Play Areas / Adventure Playground

    Children's play area is located next to the Cart Yard cafe.

    Push Chairs Allowed

    Yes, but pushchairs are not allowed in the house for conservation reasons and must be left in the Bucket Hall. Hip seats and slings can be provided for carrying small children or babies.

    Sling Loan

    Yes, on request.
  • Education



    Education/discovery visits - please book in advance.
  • Please Be Aware


    It is a traffic route from the ticket office to the front of the house as you access the car park. Please take care when entering and leaving the site.

  • Holiday Cottages

    Cambridge Lodge (sleep 4).
  • Commercial Photograph And Filming


    English Heritage welcomes amateur photographers to our sites and we hope you will share your pictures of your visit with us on social media.

    If you are looking to use one of our sites for commercial, corporate or professional photography or as a filming location, please contact our filming team as soon as possible to check availability and acquire the relevant permissions and paperwork.

    Due to the delicate nature of our sites, English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

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Audley End House and Gardens

Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF
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