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Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden

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Visit Audley End House and Gardens, renowned as one of the finest Jacobean houses in England. Admire the architectural features and varied collections. See the walled garden and organic kitchen garden, great hall, cricket pitch, Temple of Concord, miniature railway, and landscaped parkland. Inspect furniture and paintings in the Jacobean mansion and meet Audley’s staff working in the kitchen, scullery, dairy, laundry, and nursery. Stop by the stable block to see riding displays. Relax in the tearoom and shop for jams and chutneys, wines, beers, books, and gifts in the Cart Yard Cafe. Children can enjoy the play area. Add Audley End House and Gardens and other attractions to your Saffron Walden trip itinerary using our Saffron Walden day trip planning website.
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  • The fascinating interior with helpful room guides is the main reason to visit Audley End in our opinion. Despite having visited previously we lingered in most of the rooms talking to the very... 
    The fascinating interior with helpful room guides is the main reason to visit Audley End in our opinion. Despite having visited previously we lingered in most of the rooms talking to the very...  more »
  • It's the guides who make Audley End House & Gardens, particularly in the first 3/4 rooms, i.e The Great Hall through to the Library. We were particularly impressed by the young gentleman who... 
    It's the guides who make Audley End House & Gardens, particularly in the first 3/4 rooms, i.e The Great Hall through to the Library. We were particularly impressed by the young gentleman who...  more »
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  • We love it at Audley House. The grounds are beautiful. The kids love the horses and watching them being groomed and ridden. The house is interesting, with a dairy, laundry and kitchen showing what life was like below stairs in Victorian times, as well a the usual posh bits. A good playground and some lovely walks. Highly recommended
  • Audley End House was just opening up for spring when we arrived. There were few visitors when we arrived just after midday and we toured the house first. The house itself is well set out with knowledge guides and information sheets in the main rooms. The nursery was particularly interactive for kids (the rest not so much). Some of the rooms were poorly lit, presumably for the preservation of the exhibits, stuffed animals & birds, tapestries etc. The ceilings are spectacular ... so don't forget to look up. The tea room has an odd layout and the queue was substantial at lunchtime. By 2pm they still had plenty left (the pasties were a favourite) and the staff were helpful. The dining area was tight, especially with prams & pushchairs. Highchairs are available but I could see several mums were not impressed by their cleanliness. The plates, bowls, cutlery etc. was all disposable but some metal forks/knives/spoons were available in the 'dresser' if you know where to look. The kitchen gardens are tidy but uninspiring as they are not growing anything yet, and we didn't have time to see the stables as they shut at 3:30. The shop was small but as they are changing the products lots were half price. They are clearly developing some additional spaces, a shop and seating in the courtyard area.

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