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About Ashridge House

Set in 190 acres of gardens, Ashridge House is majestically nestled in National Trust woodland in the rolling Chiltern Hills in Hertfordshire.

Statue of monk

History of Ashridge

The history of Ashridge dates back over seven hundred years from an Augustinian monastery to the Business School today.

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The Logia carved ceiling detail

Restoring our heritage

The Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust has a duty of care to preserve Ashridge House and Gardens for the benefit of the nation.

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Arial view of Ashridge house and the Italian Garden

The Gardens at Ashridge

Ashridge Gardens cover 77 hectares (190 acres) and were originally designed by Humphry Repton in the early 19th century.

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House tour showing the main staircase

House and Garden tours

Ashridge House and Gardens are open for guided tours annually. 2017 dates are now available.

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The history of Ashridge House

Restoring our heritage: the Ashridge conservation plan

Ashridge is one of the most beautiful and historically significant parks and gardens in England. A jewel of the late 18th Century and of the early 19th Century picturesque style at its zenith, it survives intact, little altered. It is of great rarity and is registered Grade II* by English Heritage.

The Ashridge (Bonar Law Memorial) Trust has a duty of care to preserve Ashridge House and Gardens for the benefit of the nation. Over the past fifteen years the Italian Garden, Rose Garden, Herb Garden and Flower Garden have all been restored and, at the same time modern gardens have also been created to complement new developments. The Gardens are maintained to the highest standard and are open to the public on a regular basis throughout the summer.

Now, a new Conservation Plan shows further areas of the historic Gardens are in urgent need of protection and restoration for which we must raise £750,000.

You can learn more from our brochure ‘Ashridge - Restoring our Heritage’ giving a history of the Gardens, the full restoration programme and ways to give. 

For more information on ways to donate please email garden.restoration@ashridge.hult.edu or call Mick Thompson on

+44 (0) 1442 841042.

You can also donate via our JustGiving page using the donation button below.

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The Gardens at Ashridge

Ashridge Gardens cover 77 hectares (190 acres) and were originally designed by Humphry Repton in the early 19th century. The Gardens are made up of a number of small gardens as well as a large lawn area leading on to avenues of trees affording views out to the old parkland.

Work over the past ten years has led to the restoration of the Rosary, an Armorial Garden, the Italian Garden and the Flower Garden. The Italian Garden has been restored to its original design as has the arbour for the Rose Garden, which is now framed with laburnum trees. A new Herb Garden has been established with a variety of herbs including oregano, parsley and thyme which are used by the Ashridge chefs. The addition of new buildings at Ashridge in recent years has enabled the development of more contemporary gardens to complement the historical features.

Read more about the history of the Park and Gardens from Capability Brown's initial landscaping; Humphry Repton's 'Garden of Gardens' and Lady Marian Alford's progressive developments.

Gardens opening dates and times

Ashridge opens its gardens for tours for the public during August, see dates for the House and Gardens tours below.  

During 2017 Ashridge is helping to host the following charity events for local charities that the public can join in and take a look around the gardens:

  • Children’s Society Garden Stroll: 14 May
  • National Garden Scheme: 4 June
  • Hospice of St Francis Garden Party: 11 June
  • Hospice of St Francis Mudpack: 15 October
Blubells in the woods at Ashridge Estate
The Italian Garden in full bloom
Deer
The herb garden

House and Gardens tours at Ashridge

Ashridge House and Gardens are open for guided tours annually.

Advance booking is required.  Please call +44 (0)1442 841009 or email house.admin@ashridge.hult.edu to book your place.

House Tours

This fascinating tour gives you access to the Main Hall, Ante Room, Wyatt Room, Chapel, Stables and other stunning rooms, subject to availability. The tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours and includes an opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens at your leisure.

Gardens Tours

This tour guides you through 190 acres of gardens and parkland, designed by Humphry Repton and lasts approximately 1 hour.

House tours commence at 14:00 and Garden tours at 15:30.  Times may change depending on numbers.

2017 Tours

The House and Gardens tours will take place on the following dates:

  • 3 August
  • 10 August
  • 17 August
  • 24 August
  • 31 August

Admission Prices

Guided House Tour:

  Standard Admission  
Adult £12.00*  
Children/Concession £8.00*  
HHA Free  

Guided Gardens Tour:

  Standard Admission  
Adult £12.00*  
Children/Concession £8.00*  
HHA Free  

Combined Guided House and Gardens Tour:

  Standard Admission  
Adult £19.00*  
Children/Concession £14.00*  

 

These prices may be subject to change.
*includes complimentary tea or coffee and a slice of cake

House and Garden Tours group bookings are available for groups over 20 people on Monday – Thursday mornings in August. Please call +44 (0)1442 841009 or email house.admin@ashridge.hult.edu to book in advance.