Spend a couple hours or stay the whole day. With 190 acres to discover, it is perfect for a family day out with lots of space for kids to run around and explore. Dogs on leads welcome. Garden tickets can be bought on-site in the Bakehouse.
There are weddings on the weekend at Ashridge House and we ask that you please be mindful and respectful to keep distant from the wedding party when in the gardens.
Monday - Sunday
9am - last entry 4pm
No matter what time of day or year you visit, there is always something to take your breath away. It may be the avenue of rhododendrons and carpet of bluebells in the spring, the formal bedding in the summer, the glorious autumn hues or the snow covered winter wonderland.
Dating from the Mid-19th Century when Italianate gardens were very fashionable, this garden was designed by Lady Marian Alford. The Garden was removed and laid to lawn in the 1950s and reinstated in 2000.
Ancient Yews & Princess Victoria Oak
As depicted in Repton's original plans, a line of yews believed to date back to the early 17th century still stands today. Together with the shrubberies, they complement and impressive oak planted by Princess Victoria in 1823 to commemorate her visit.
Eight rose beds arranged around a central fountain are surrounded by a yew hedge and climbing roses. Jeffry Wyatville adapted Repton's original plans around 1820, and it was restored in 1999 and replanted in 2014.
The garden seen today was developed in the mid-19th century from Wyatville's original plan. it displays an armorial design representing the four families that have been associated with Ashridge. Clockwise from the top left the arms represent Egerton, Brownlow, Compton, Cust.
Fernery & Garden
Designed by Mathew Digby Wyatt in 1864 to replace an old glasshouse, it was dedicated solely to growing ferns which were very fashionable in the Victorian era. Created at the same time as the Fernery, the garden is planted with seasonal bedding displays twice a year.
The original trees were planted in 1937 to commemorate the coronation of King George VI, although parts of the avenue were replanted in 1996. This unusual avenue of trees makes for an extremely impressive display of autumnal colour.
Skating Pond & Moat
Constructed in the 1870s on the site of a former fishpond, the skating pond is a distinctive feature of Lady Marian Alford's extension to the gardens. The moat next to the skating pond was originally filled with water but is now intentionally left dry.
Herb Garden & Beech Houses
Created in the late 19th century as a lavender and herb garden, it was redeveloped in 2005 in memory of Kay Sanecki (Ashridge Archivist) using the pattern Repton had proposed for the Rosary. Today it is planted with a variety of herbs to provide bees with sources of nectar. Next to the garden are two impressive Beech Houses.
Wellingtonia Avenue & Rhododendron Walk
The avenue of Wellingtonias was planted in 1858 on the axis with the house and has as its focal point the prospect mound believed to date from Tudor times.
Repton's Plan for a 'rustic seat in a grove' was not implemented by Wyatville. Based on a drawing in the red book for Ashridge, the Arbour was constructed in 1998 using yew from the garden and larch from the estate.
Intended as a private garden for the countess of Bridgewater, this garden partially replicates the early 19th century planting style proposed by Repton. The Garden is over looked by a replica statue of Bacchus that stood in the garden until 1928 when the contents of the house were sold off.
"Of all the subjects on which I have been consulted, few have elicited so much interest in my mind as the Plan for these Gardens." -Humphrey Repton, 'Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening,' 1816
In March 1813, Repton presented his proposals for Ashridge to the owner, the 7th Earl of Bridgewater, who wanted to create a garden to compliment the extensive mansion he was building. Repton’s designs included a Rose Garden, Monks' Garden, and Herb Garden, and were later enhanced with the addition of the Italian Garden which was drawn up in Thomas Wright's 1871 garden plans.
Work alongside our gardening team and help tend to the historic gardens and grounds at Ashridge House. We host a plant fair annually to sell plants that are lovingly grown by the gardens team volunteers throughout the year. If you are interested in joining and volunteering please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
The gardens are managed to encourage the biodiversity and sustainability of our natural environment, a core part of Ashridge's commitment to the conservation of these historic gardens. All our propagation and growing uses peat free compost, and we recycle rainwater from the roof, as well as use the original water tanks for irrigation during the hotter summer months.
There are beehives in the gardens and we partner with local beekeepers to produce our own Ashridge honey. We have placed nesting boxes for bats across the gardens, and they roost in the old Ice House. Red Kites, which were once endangered in the UK, are now nesting in our gardens. Our trees are home to the most successful breeding pair in Hertfordshire.
Garden Annual Pass (Disabled)
If you are a frequent visitor to the Ashridge House gardens, an annual pass is perfect for you. Price also includes 10% off purchases from the Bakehouse. Garden entry time is from 9am with the last admission at 4pm.
Ticket includes 1 free carer