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Saffron Walden,
Essex, CB11 4JF

01799 522 842

01799 521 276

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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
17 Feb - 23 Feb: Daily 10am-4pm
29 Mar - 3 Nov: Daily 10am-6pm
4 Nov - 31 Mar: Sat-Sun 10am-4pm
Last entry one hour before closing.
House will close at 5pm in September and October due to low light levels. House closed in winter (Nov-Mar)

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes

Pre-booked guided tours

House Open for Viewing: Yes

Please see our opening times.

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

All Year round

To see:

Enjoy a great day out at one of England's grandest stately homes; Audley End House. The doors of our restored historic stables recently opened, complete with resident horses and a Victorian groom. Our stables experience includes an exhibition where you can find out about the workers who lived on the estate in the 1880s, the tack house and the Audley End fire engine. Try our dressing up clothes in the stables and meet our horses, Duke and Jack, too. Children can let loose in our fun themed play area next to our Cart Yard Caf? which is always very popular with visitors. Audley End House itself is a magnificent house, built to entertain royalty, and includes a Victorian Service Wing complete with kitchen, laundries and a dairy. With beautiful grounds to explore, including an impressive formal garden and the working Organic Kitchen Garden, there's so much to see and do at Audley End House.

Admission Prices

Adult £13.40, Child (5-15 yrs) £8.00, Concessions £12.10
Family (2 Adults, 3 Children) £34.80
English Heritage Members 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:

Craft and Food Show
Garden Show
Country Show

Garden Features & Events

Lancelot 'Capability' Brown landscape, Adam bridge, 1830's parterre, organic walled kitchen garden Jacobean House with Robert Adam rooms, Canalettos etc. Archaeologically surveyed & restores Fish Hatchery and Historic kitchen with displays of utensils.

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Audley End Saffron Walden

Description of Garden

Beautiful 'Capability' Brown designed landscape with a parterre, now restored, planted on the south side of the house in the 1830's. The River Cam winds through the grounds and is used to create a cascade, a pond garden and is crossed by a lovely Robert Adam designed bridge and by a Palladian Tea House. Other spectacular monuments include a Temple of Concord built to celebrate George III's (temporary) recovery from madness and several other follies designed and sited to draw the eye down a particular vista. The organic kitchen garden, a joint venture between between English Heritage and the Henry Doubleday Research Organisation, was opened in 2000 by Prince Charles and is laid out in a huge area surrounded by old brick walls. The 16th century brick stables to the south of it are older and more attractive than the house itself. The Mount garden, originally designed to allow guests at the house to promenade in the garden, viewing it from a height, is also scheduled to be restored.

History Of Garden

This is an ancient site which was originally owned by a Benedictine Abbey. An enormous house, with expansive formal gardens, was built for Thomas Howard, the admiral who commanded the British fleet against the Armada and was later created Earl of Suffolk. It was acquired by Charles II in 1669, James I having previously described it as too large for a King, but might do for a Lord Treasurer!. The vast wings on the house, which marched towards the River Cam, were pulled down after Sir John Griffin Griffin (later 1st Lord Braybrooke) bought the property in the mid-18th century. He favoured a more naturalistic approach and commissioned 'Capability Brown' to discard the formal rectangular layout and landscape the gardens and park very much as it appears today. The 3rd Lord Braybrooke planted the parterre in the 1830's. The property was acquired by English Heritage after WWII.

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