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The Estate office, Stoneleigh Abbey, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LF

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The Estate office, Stoneleigh Abbey, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2LF

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Summary

Following the dissolution of the monasteries, Stoneleigh Abbey was converted from a Cistercian monastic house into a magnificent stately home, surrounded by 690 acres of parkland and gardens. There have been many famous visitors over the centuries, including Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and Jane Austen.

Where is Stoneleigh Abbey located?

Between Leamington and Kenilworth, Stoneleigh Abbey sits in the heart of the West Midlands. The entrance to Stoneleigh Abbey is via the B4115.

What is the history of Stoneleigh Abbey to the present day?

Stoneleigh Abbey is very much a house of two parts. The first half, built using red sandstone, is in the Jacobean style, and is built from the ruins of the original monastery. The second part is the West Wing, which was built in the baroque style, having been designed by the noted architect, Francis Smith of Warwick. A relative of Jane Austen’s mother inherited Stoneleigh Abbey, and the novelist and her mother stayed there as his guests in 1806. Many now believe that this was the setting that inspired the novel, Mansfield Park. More about Jane Austen’s connection with Stoneleigh is revealed on the tours of the house.

What is there to see and do at Stoneleigh Abbey?

Visitors to Stoneleigh Abbey can enjoy an indoor tour of the West Wing, with access to state rooms and many family possessions, followed by a walk around the gardens and woods surrounding the house. Afternoon Tea can also be taken in the Orangery, with views to the river.

Other information

Back in 1809, the Reverend Thomas Leigh, the owner of Stoneleigh Abbey, decided that the grounds needed something of a makeover, and he invited Humphry Repton, a notable landscape gardener of the day, to work on this. Repton created one of his famous ‘Red Books’ to detail his proposed changes, and this has now been digitised, so that visitors can see what was envisaged, what was put into place, and what remains of that design to this day.

Information on Stoneleigh Abbey , The Estate office , Stoneleigh Abbey , Kenilworth

Opening Times: 11.00am
Admission: Grounds Entry - £5.00 per Adult £1.00 per child. Children under 4 free. Guided Tour Adults £6.00 Children £3.50
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: No
Location: Located just off of the A46 on the B4115. Head southbound from the A45/A46 junction along the A46. Take the first exit signed Stoneleigh/Warwick Arts Centre. Turn left signed Stoneleigh & then in 100m turn right at the crossroads signed B4115 Stoneleigh Abbey & Ashow. In 1.5 miles, the Abbey is signed as a left turn. Please note that there is no access to Stoneleigh Abbey from Stoneleigh Park Follow signs not sat nav
Facilities: Coach Parking on site, if coach weighs over 15 tonns, Different Access is given from another entrance, Disabled Access around the ground, into the house and around the house, Free on site parking, Gift Shop on site, Guided Tours 11.30, 13.00 & 14:30, Orangery on site serving afternoon teas & Vaulted hall Cafe
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