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Audley End House & Gardens

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Audley End House is a country house that was largely built in the early 17th century, near Saffron Walden, Essex, UK. This was once a prodigious building, a palace in all but words, known as one of Britain's finest Jacobean houses. Audley End is only one-third of its original size but still huge, with plenty to appreciate in its architectural details and diverse collections.

What is the history of Audley End House & Gardens to the present day?

Audley End was the location of Walden Abbey, a Benedictine monastery given by Henry VIII to the Lord Chancellor Sir Thomas Audley in 1538. The abbey was transformed for him into a residential house and became known as Audley Inn. His grandson, Thomas Howard, demolished it and a much larger house was constructed, primarily to entertain the King, James I.

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Disabled Access

Parking Available

Guided Tours

Facilities & information




Disabled Access

Guided Tours

Parking Available


Extra info

Open Times: House: 28 Mar to 30 Sept, Daily, 12:00-17:00. Gardens: 28 Mar to 30 Sept, Daily 10:00-18:00, House: 1 Oct to 1 Nov, Daily, 12:00-16:00. Gardens: 1 Oct to 1 Nov, Daily, 10:00-17:00. House Closed 2 Nov to 24 Mar 16. Gardens: 2 Nov to 14 Feb 16 Sat & Sun 10:00-16:00. Closed 24-26 Dec, 28 Dec & 31 Dec, 1 Jan 16. 15 to 21 Feb, Daily 10:00-16:00. 22 Feb to 24 Mar, Sat & Sun 10:00-16:00.

Price Details: Members Free, Adult £16.60, Child (5-15 yrs), £11.00, Concession £14.90, Family (2 Adults, 3 children) £43.20

Arrival information and directions

Address: Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, Saffron WaldenCB11 4JF, United Kingdom

One mile west of Saffron Walden on B1383. (M11 exits 8 & 10). Please see their website for map and directions.

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