Ashdown House - National Trust

View of Ashdown House, a large grey 17th century house
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17th-century house perched on the Berkshire Downs. This extraordinary Dutch-style house is famous for its association with Elizabeth of Bohemia (‘The Winter Queen’), Charles I’s sister, to whom the house was ‘consecrated’. The interior has an impressive great staircase rising from hall to attic, and important paintings contemporary with the house. There are spectacular views from the roof over the formal parterre, lawns and surrounding countryside, as well as beautiful walks in neighbouring Ashdown Woods. Nearby Weathercock Hill and Alfred’s Castle, an Iron Age defended settlement where in 871 King Alfred is rumoured to have defeated the Danes, offer fine walking country.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

2014: Adult £4, child £2 Woodland: Free


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Additional info

Visitor access in the house is by guided tour only up the main staircase (100 steps) to the rooftop viewing area. Please visit the website for opening days and tour times.
Picnic area by car park. Free parking. Not suitable for coaches.

Collection details

Architecture, Personalities

Ashdown House - National Trust
RG17 8RE




Coleshill Estate Office

01793 762209


01494 755569

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