Things to do at Audley End House and Gardens review
Audley End House and Gardens is an English Heritage property in Audley End, Essex. It is a largely early 17th-century house near to Saffron Walden.
The stately home is spectacular and it is set in spacious grounds. The interiors are opulent with an impressive great hall, state apartments and an 18th-century gothic-style chapel. You can even take a seat and relax in the library or play on their piano. You can also step back in time and experience a world of hierarchy, discipline and long hours in the 1880s service wing and coal gallery. Below stairs, you will be immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian servent’s daily routine. You can even meet costumed interpreters on special weekends from May to September.
There are horses to say hello to over at the stable block including an interactive exhibition. The gardens were designed by Capability Brown with formal gardens and extensive views. There are some elegant garden buildings to find and a walled kitchen garden.
There is a fun play area for the kids with its very own mansion to climb and wooden horses to ride. You can also enjoy a walk in the grounds.
Please note – Most places may still require you to pre-book online in advance. Some venues also still have certain areas closed for safety reasons. Please check their website and/or social media pages before visiting.
FAQ and Further Information Audley End House and Gardens
Is there food and drink available?
There are two cafes serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to picnic in the grounds.
What are the main things to do?
Historic house you can explore with opulent rooms, a chapel and below stairs servant area, large gardens and a play area. There are toilets and two cafes.
What are the ticket prices?
*FREE or expensive
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of English Heritage or Expensive. An adult standard ticket costs £19, child 5-17 £11,40, under 5s are free. Other pricing options including family tickets are available.
Is there parking?
There is a free car park.
When are they open?
Audley End is open from May to October. For up to date opening times please visit their website.
Dogs on leads permitted in the grounds. Assistance dogs are welcome.
Are they accessible?
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