Audley End House and Gardens - English Heritage

Audley End House and Gardens - English Heritage
Audley End
Saffron Walden
Essex
CB11 4JF
England

Website

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/audley-end-house-and-gardens/

Telephone

Disabled access: Tel 01799 522842

Fax

01799 521 276

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
An exterior shot of Audley End House and Gardens
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Audley End House and Gardens is one of England’s grandest seventeenth century country homes with over 30 lavishly decorated rooms and magnificent grounds.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Museum, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

1-31 Oct Wed-Sun 10am – 5pm (House 12pm-4pm), 1 Nov-12 Feb Sat-Sun 10am-4pm (Gardens, Stables and Service Wing only. House closed), 13-17 Feb Wed-Fri 10am-4pm (Gardens, Stables and Service Wing only. House closed). 18 Feb-31 Mar Sat-Sun 10am - 4pm (Gardens, Stables and Service Wing only. House closed), Closed 24 - 26 Dec and 1 Jan

Admission charges

12.50/11.30/7.50/32.50 Full estate, 8.70/7.80/5.20/22.60 Stables, Service Wing & Gardens (not available on event days)

Discounts

  • English Heritage

Collection details

Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, World Cultures, Fine Art

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Summer Apple Pruning Workshop

  • 30 July 2014 10:30am-3pm *on now

Come to Audley End Organic Kitchen Garden and learn some of the methods and techniques we use to maintain our fantastic collection of over a hundred heritage varieties of apple trees. Let our experts discuss and demonstrate how to correctly prune a range of trained apple trees and discover the wonderful benefits of summer pruning. The event will involve some practical activities so please come prepared with suitable footwear, clothing and gardening gloves. Welcome refreshments and a light lunch are included. This event has been graded as moderate access as there will be considerable time spent outside with no seating.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets are available now by calling our dedicated ticket sales team on 0870 333 1183. (Mon-Fri 8.30am - 5.30pm, Sat 9am - 5pm)

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Life Above and Below Stairs at Audley End

  • 2 — 3 August 2014 10am-6pm
  • 9 — 10 August 2014 10am-6pm
  • 16 — 17 August 2014 10am-6pm
  • 30 — 31 August 2014 10am-6pm
  • 6 — 7 September 2014 6-10pm
  • 13 — 14 September 2014 10am-6pm
  • 20 — 21 September 2014 10am-6pm

Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you join us as Audley End is brought to life this weekend. Come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stablehand while they’re grooming the horses, and meet Governess Miss Dormer and the nursemaid as they organise the children for the day. Costumed characters will bring Audley End back to its Victorian heyday every weekend throughout the summer.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Ugly Bug Safari

  • 4 — 8 August 2014

Small game hunters wanted. Grab a magnifying glass and join our big hunt for some mini beasts. We’ll peer into the parterre, unearth insects near the stable block and encounter gruesome bugs near the laundry room. Discover the secret life of our creepy friends and create your own to take home.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Gory Georgians

  • 11 — 15 August 2014

Ghastly gallows, horrific hangmen and terrifying torture – travel back in time and discover the painful punishments your history teacher is too timid to teach you! From who is top of the chops to the A-Z of torture, find out everything you didn’t want to know about crime and execution in Georgian times.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Awesome Archaeology

  • 18 — 22 August 2014

Get your hands dirty as you become a daring archaeologist on our mini dig for the day. Discover hidden treasures and fantastic finds as you excavate the secrets of Audley End.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

WWII: Soldiers and Spies

  • 24 — 25 August 2014 10am-6pm

Get ready to take cover as this explosive action packed weekend propels you into wartime Britain. From the Trooper of the D-Day landings to the kitchen maid dishing out meagre wartime rations, prepare yourself as you’re drawn into the theatre of war at Station 43.Fall into step at soldiers school, put on your dancing shoes for 1940s music, fashion and food, and be blown away at the spectacle of the explosive river assault. From the sadness and injury of the battlefield to the make-do-and-mend lifestyle of the homefront, we’ll tell the stories behind the battles that shaped the world as we know it.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets will be available to purchase at the event site on the day / Purchase your tickets today by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0870 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm).

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Soldiers' School

  • 26 — 29 August 2014

Attention! Right you ‘orrible lot, it’s training time. Become a Home Front hero and be put through your paces at Audley End. Fall into step and polish your shoes or it’ll be basic rations for you. Discover Audley's secret wartime past with this hands on experience of soldiers on the front line.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Frightening Fairytales and Spooky Stories

  • 27 — 31 October 2014

Fearless souls required for a thrilling family adventure. Grab your cloaks and steady your nerves as you come face to face with the dark side of childrens' tales. Our chilling storytellers delve into the fables of the Brothers Grimm and reveal the terrifying truth behind the bedtime fairytales you’ve grown to love. Show off your spooktacular costumes and frighten our fearless staff – but don’t forget your favourite teddy to hide behind!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Website

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Victorian Values Discovery Visit

Explore the life of a Victorian servant in a completely different way - meet Mrs Warwick, the formidable housekeeper to the Braybrooke family at Audley End House. Students will find out about life in the Service Wing and hear the tales of the servants who toiled there, before trying their hand at activities such as sheet-folding and vegetable preparation in the new purpose-built education room. Groups are encouraged to come dressed in Victorian costume. Servants' aprons are provided.
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Key Stage: 1, 2, History
Book a free tour to follow the workshop and use it to compare the grand rooms of the masters with the stark accommodation for the servants.

How to obtain

Call 01223 582732 to arrange a 1 ½ hour tour each Wednesday-Friday during term time, except 24th December and 31st January. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19491 for more information.

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