Anglesey AbbeyLode, Cambridgeshire
Your adventure with the kids will begin at the Wildlife Discovery Area. There you and your little nature lovers are in for lots of hands-on fun, including spotting animals from the Wildlife Watch Hut, den-building and climbing up to a treehouse in the woodlands. It's the perfect place to visit for anyone who loves nature, history, or architecture.
About The Abbey
The history of Anglesey Abbey dates back to the 12th century when it was believed to be originally built as Hospital St Mary. Over the following centuries, the building has undergone many changes and additions, and today it is a stunning example of a country house! In 1926, it was purchased by the Loder family, who transformed it into a family home and opened it to the public.
The house itself is a grand and elegant building, with a mix of architectural styles that reflect its rich history. Visitors can take a tour of the house to see the many beautiful rooms, including the Great Hall, the Drawing Room, and the Library. Each room is full of fascinating objects and works of art, and there are plenty of knowledgeable guides on hand to tell you about the history of the house and its inhabitants.
Other notable areas to explore are the Domestic Wing, which has been restored to what it was in 1960 to the Library, Newmarket and Windsor Corridors - which held special beds and bathrooms.
Anglesey Abbey's Glorious Gardens
Did you know that Lord Fairhaven transformed the garden so there would be something to show throughout each season? You can wander around and discover a beautiful mix of formal gardens. From the Dahlia garden and the herbaceous garden to informal and wildflower meadows, not forgetting the belts of trees and landscaped grounds. All beautiful things visitors can explore and discover for themselves.
The Formal Garden uses symmetry and circles in its design, can you spot it? Each garden is divided into different themed areas, each with its own character and style. There is a beautiful Rose Garden, a tranquil Water Garden, and a colourful Winter Garden, with the 'Winter Orange' Tilia Cordata to the red-barked Dogwood. The 20th century gardens are home to an impressive collection of plants and flowers, including many rare and exotic species. Also, seasonal bedding too, so there's always flora all year around. The garden also features a lake, a series of canals, and several charming bridges. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll around the gardens, following the many paths that wind through the different areas, or they can take a boat trip on the lake!
During the winter you can purchase a special tour of the Snowdrops, where you can discover all the amazing varieties up close - did you know there are 400 of them!?
Family Activities and Woodland Play Area
Anglesey Abbey also boasts a fun-filled programme of family-friendly events and activities, which means you’ll always find something new and exciting on your next visit. Be sure to pick up a sheet of the “50 things to do before you're 11¾” and start ticking adventures off your list! Be sure not to miss out on the great seasonal events and activities throughout the year too.
Food & Drink
Did you know it's one of National Trusts' biggest plant centres? No? We think it's time to visit then!
- Wildlife discovery area, historic house and working watermill
- Explore 114 acres of the beautiful country house and gardens
- Enjoy an array of special family-friendly activities
1st January - 30th March: 09:30 - 16:30
31st March - 26th October: 09:30 - 17:30
27th October - 31st December: 09:30 - 16:30
Pricing & Tickets
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Yes, there is parking onsite.