The Gardens at Ashridge

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

You arrive at Ashridge via a wonderful tree-lined avenue, and are greeted by expansive green lawns, a sea of ever-changing colours and spectacular views across mature parkland.

Ashridge’s landscape team have worked hard over the last ten years to restore the Rosary, the Armorial Garden, the Italian Garden and a stunning flower garden. The Italian Garden has been restored to its original design, as has the Rosary, which is now framed with laburnum trees.

Ashridge’s chefs also make excellent use of the new herb garden, fragrant with basil, rosemary, oregano, parsley, thyme and mint.

The addition of new buildings at Ashridge in recent years has enabled the development of more contemporary gardens to complement the historical features.

The Gardens are ideal for personal reflection and relaxation. During programmes you will have the opportunity to ‘talk and walk’ in the grounds. Stepping away from the formal working environment is a powerful way to stimulate new ideas, a practice that participants often maintain after they have left Ashridge.

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: 5 June
  • Hospice of St Francis Garden Party: 11 June
  • Hospice of St Francis Mudpack: 15 October
Back lawn with azaleas

Deer at Ashridge

House and Gardens tours

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 in advance. Please notify us in advance if anyone in your party requires wheelchair access or special assistance.

House tours

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.

Guided House tour prices:

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

Combined guided House and Gardens tour prices:

  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.  

Garden tours

Gardens

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

 

Guided Gardens tour prices:

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

 

House tours commence at 14:00 and Garden tours at 15:30. Times may change delending 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