Audley End House & Gardens -Life Above & Below Stairs

  • June 29, 2014 · 12:30 PM
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Join us as costumed characters bring Audley End house and garden back to their Victorian heyday this weekend!
Once amongst the largest and most opulent in Jacobean England, today Audley End house is set in a tranquil landscape with stunning views across the unspoilt Essex countryside.

Prices: English Heritage and Art Fund Members Free

 Adults: £7.70 *, Over 60's £6.95*

*We have two for one admission vouchers (one person must fill in their name and address on the voucher) full price tickets otherwise are £15.40, Over 60's £13.90. Those wishing to use the 2 for 1 vouchers please meet a bit earlier in the car park opposite the entrance to Audley End Grounds to fill out the forms, as payment has to be made at the gatehouse as you enter the grounds.


Explore the impressive great hall, grand reception rooms, state bedroom, libraries and 18th-century gothic-style chapel, and uncover the story behind the Braybrooke’s unique natural history collection. Discover the intricate period details, furniture and paintings in this opulent Jacobean mansion house.

Go behind previously closed doors and see how Victorian children played and grew up, in the newly opened nursery. Visit the Coal Gallery, once a hive of activity, as see the recreated hustle and bustle of servants’ daily routines.

Put on your apron and get your riding crop at the ready as you come face to face with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable-hands while they’re grooming the horses, and meet Governess Miss Dormer and the other staff as they organize the children for the day.

The enormous walled garden still provides the estate with fresh organic fruit, vegetables and flowers all year round. Visit the glasshouse, vinery, bothy and potting shed and find out which Victorian varieties continue to thrive today. Discover over 120 varieties of apples, 40 types of pears, 60 kinds of tomatoes plus many more fruits and vegetables in the organic kitchen garden.

For more information, see the English Heritage website here.

We’ll end the afternoon with a drink and/or a bite to eat in the Servant’s Hall Tea Room inside the house.


Entrance to the house and gardens is one mile west of Saffron Walden on the B1383 London Road. If coming on the M11, leave at junction 8 or 10. There is a free car park on site with overflow parking on a grassed area. Reserved parking is available for disabled visitors.

Audley End railway station is 1 ¼ miles from the house.

If you can't get to this event because you don’t have transport please email me or write a message below saying you need a lift and what area you live and we will try and get you a lift.

I look forward to seeing you there!


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  • Eva

    Most interesting - always fascinating to see how life was...

    June 30

  • Ruth

    The house and garden were very interesting. Huge place, lots of history, paintings and taxidermy and cakes were very good. Excellent value with the art fund card, free entry! So I will be returning.

    1 · June 29

  • Gillian

    I loved Audrey House & Gardens so much to see inside the enormous building and the Garden's lovely. Would like to go back another time.

    1 · June 29

  • Shantel

    Hi Ruth myself and boyfriend will be there later. We won't be in time to meet you in the courtyard but hopefully we will spot each other walking round.

    June 29

  • Nichola T

    Aww scary M road. Have fab day looks like a good one

    June 29

    • Ruth

      Thanks Nichola.

      June 29

  • Nichola T

    How do you get to Saffron Waldon. What is the best route?

    June 29

    • Ruth

      Go up the M11. We are meeting in the car park opposite the entrance to the estate about 12 to fill out the 2 for 1 vouchers. As you have to pay on the entrance to the estate. Otherwise full price unless you have an art fund or english heritage card, then its free. Hope to see you there. X

      June 29

  • Gillian

    ok see you there at 11am

    June 22

  • Alan S

    OK, I'll see you by The Maypole at 11am on 29th. Alan

    June 18

  • Gillian

    The Maypole pub in fencepiece road is best Alan.

    June 17

  • Alan S

    Gillian, I'll be driving along Fencepiece Road so I could pick you up there at 11.00am. Where on Fencepiece Road suits you? Alan

    June 17

  • Gillian

    Hi would like to go but would need a lift I live in Hainault. I can get to Loughton station if easier for you.

    June 16

  • Sue

    Always wanted to visit Audley End again - so will definitely try and make this. Good suggestion!

    May 15

  • Jacqueline J.

    No way of getting there.

    May 14

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