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Horringer, Bury St. Edmunds,
Suffolk, IP29 5QE

01284 735270

01284 735175


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
Park: All year, 8am - 8pm; daily
Garden: 1st Jan - 15 March; daily; 11am - 4pm, 15th March - 3 November Oct; daily; 10am - 5pm, 4 November - 31 December; daily; 11 - 4pm
Open all BHol Mons, Good Fri and the 1st Jan.
Property closed 25th Dec. Park closes dusk if earlier than 8.
Last admission 30mins before closing

Parties/Coaches: No

Discounts for families and pre-booked groups over 12.

Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

15 March - 3 November, Fri - Tues; 11am - 5pm, Thursdays 12pm - 3pm,
Weekends only Nov & December 11am - 4pm (last entry 60 mins before closing)

National Garden Scheme days: Yes
Best Times of Year to Visit:

Early Spring Late Spring

To see:

Snowdrops Daffodils, aconites, lambs.

Admission Prices

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets)
House, park and gardens: adult £13.50(£12), child £6.75(£6), family £33.75(£30).
Park and gardens: adult £5.50(£5.00), child £2.50 (£2.20), family £13.50 (£12).
House upgrade: adult £8 (£7), child £4 (£3.60), family £20(£18).
Park and Gardens Winter Adult £3.50 (£3.10) Child free

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Woodland walks, trim trail, adventure playground and cycle route. Special events: call Events Office 01284 735961 for info.

Garden Features & Events

A neoclasiccal Italianate mansion in an idyllic English landscape; Explore acres of Grade II listed parkland and woodland on waymarked walks; Have fun in the play area, family cycle route and 'trim trail'; Enjoy suberb new restaurant and shop; Join in many special events and activities throughout the year; Learn about historic Ickworth House and its fabulous collections; Relax amidst the idyllic parkland and seasonal beauty of the park, gardens and historic Pleasure Grounds

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Ickworth Hotel, Ickworth

Inns & Pubs:

Six Bells and The Beehive, Ickworth

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Cathedral & Abbey Gardens Bury St Edmunds

Description of Garden

The gardens surrounding the house are thought to be the earliest example of Italianate style gardens in the UK, created the First Marquess of Bristol and his family. The formal gardens contain clipped box hedges, mediterranean trees and shrubs and stunning views out to the parkland and include an impressive, magical Stumpery and a Meditteranean dry garden. A raised terrace walk separates the South Garden from the park. Beyond the church are the remnants of an eighteenth century Walled garden created by the First Earl. His summerhouse (circa.1703) and ornamental canal still survive.

The Walled Garden is being restored to a fully working kitchen garden and currently contains an allotment, wildflower meadow, cut flower border and vegetable planting. The extensive 1,800 acres of classic English parkland, influenced by the 18th Century Landscape designer 'Capability' Brown, is a tranquil pastoral landscape rich in wildlife with a variety of walks and cycleways to follow and explore

History Of Garden

The present house at Ickworth was begun in 1795, the creation of a famously eccentric Frederick Hervey, 4th Earl of Bristol and Bishop of Derry. Inspired by Italy, Ickworth's extraordinary central Rotunda and curving wings were intended to house treasures the Earl-Bishop collected from all over Europe. Today, the magnificent state rooms display Old Master paintings, including works by Titian, Velasquez and Gainsborough. Ickworth is also noted for its Georgian silver and Regency furniture.

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