Ashdown House - National Trust

Ashdown House - National Trust
RG17 8RE




Coleshill Estate Office

01793 762209


01494 755569

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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. What’s new in 2005: The house will be undergoing extensive stonework repairs and will be scaffolded for much of the season.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

2007: 4 April - 31 October Wed and Sat 14.00 - 17.00
Admission to house by guided tour only, numbers limited.
Woodland open all year daylight hours except Fri.
See NT website for more information.

Closed: Mon Tues Thurs Fri Sun

Admission charges

2007: £2.50 Woodland: Free


  • National Trust

Additional info

Visitor access in the house is to staircase (100 steps) and roof only.
Picnic area by car park. Free parking. Not suitable for coaches.

Collection details

Architecture, Personalities

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photograph of ashdown

Ashdown Woodland Wander

  • 18 May 2014 1-3pm

Know which birds of prey live and fly in and around these woods? Our bird enthusiast will enlighten you, and help you distinguish between (and maybe even spot) buzzard, harrier, kite or hobby. Track wild animals, like deer or badgers, and witness Spring at its best, especially the bluebells, with our knowledgeable ranger. Families welcome. This event is part of our 50 things challenge.

Dress appropriately for weather conditions. Wear stout shoes or boots, as the woods may be muddy.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adult £3.00, Child £1.50. Normal admission charges apply. Adult: £4.00
Child: £2.00.