Darnley Mausoleum

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London, UK255 contributions
Impressive monument
Dec 2019
Grade I listed pyramidal building by architects James Wyatt and George Dance.
Intended to house the deceased Earls of Darnley when there was no more room at Westminster Abbey. Never consecrated, no coffins were interred, but now restored by the National Trust as a grand classical temple.
Written December 19, 2019
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John T
Wingham, UK224 contributions
Imposing!
Oct 2019 • Friends
This imposing mausoleum, with apparently enough room for about 30 coffins, is reached by a lovely ‘horse chestnut tree laden’ walk through the National Trust woodland. Not open when we were there, but it is worth going to see for the wooded wall’s.
Written October 31, 2019
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KentEnglandLife
Chatham, UK2,461 contributions
Beautiful building in the woods.
Jun 2019 • Solo
Nice looking building in Cobham woods. Free entry (Donations welcome) check times on National Trust website (it's either open every other Sunday or 1st Sunday of the month). Worth a visit as you can also take a walk in the lovely surrounding woods.
Written July 8, 2019
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Mark T
Cobham, UK18 contributions
Nicely renovated but only able to view through railings
Mar 2019 • Solo
In the Cobham, Kent area this is an important building. Restored in the last 10 years. However, to protect it they have erected high metal railings through it and hence there is not much to see. The walk through the woods to it is pleasant and you may see the highland cattle roaming.
Written May 7, 2019
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Bob M
Gravesend, UK659 contributions
Getting better with a lovely tree trail
Mar 2019 • Couples
A tree trail is almost completed taking the visitor around Cobham woods, passing some beautiful historic trees. A leaflet is being produced for the visitor giving details of the trees.
The Mausoleum is set in a magnificent wooded area on the North Downs.
The Highland and Dexter cattle grazing in the area enhance the experience.
Be aware that the Mausoleum and associated South Lodge Barn are only open on selected Sundays in the April to September season. Check the National Trust website for dates.
Cobham woods and the Mausoleum are free.
It really is well worth a walk.
Written April 7, 2019
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Stewart C
Chatham, UK812 contributions
An excuse for a nice walk in the country.
Dec 2018 • Couples
We visited the Darnley Mausoleum on a mild January afternoon being in the area for a walk and deciding to go and have a look. The Mausoleum is located in Cobham Wood and access is via Lodge Lane near to Cobham village, though note that this is a single track road with passing places.
The site is manged by National Trust and entrance to the woodland is free. There is limited (free) car parking along Lodge Lane (next to the lodge), on the verges and it is about a mile walk to the Mausoleum from this point along an unmade road through open fields and woodlands. On our way we passed a number of large horned cattle which seemed placid enough if left alone though we also passed at a respective distance. On the day of our visit the approach road was muddy in places though not impassable, there was a small number of other walkers making the visit including families with young children which we passed on both outward and return legs.
The Mausoleum is reached after passing through the wood and is located on a mound so that as you approach it rises above the visitor. The building is quite striking being faced in Portland stone surmounted by a pyramid and was built to allow the family members of the Darnley family to be laid to rest although it was in fact never used for this purpose. The mound itself sits in a defined clearing in the woodland, clearly this was designed to be a private location. The area is very photogenic and the lone cow munching on the grass here made a nice addition to the picture.
The mausoleum was not open on the day of our visit though we understand that this is the case at certain times during the year and the potential visitor may wish to investigate this. There is not a lot of information available at the site but we were able to access an internet website on our phones which gave an in depth description of the structure including pictures of the interior. It would appear that there are two floors to the building the lower being the area for interments and above it a chapel, both reached by separate entrances via staircases down and up respectively.
The individual visitor’s appreciation of the Mausoleum will depend on what interests them, we would recommend reading about the history and architecture either before or (preferably), during your visit as this will enhance your appreciation. For our part we enjoyed the walk to and from the building and also experiencing its physical presence in the countryside. One can only imagine the spiritual experience of owning and visiting such a place where your ancestors were laid to rest before you.
We are glad we made the trip here, we would consider a return visit perhaps when the Mausoleum is interior is open. If nothing else it gives the excuse for a nice walk in the country.
Written January 1, 2019
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Echofthoughts
London, UK110 contributions
Open the first Sunday of every month
Dec 2018 • Couples
The Mausoleum is open to public every Sunday of the month and fantastic volunteers are happy to show you around and tell you all about this remarkable place.
Written December 6, 2018
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Peterperfik
Gravesend, UK291 contributions
A nice walk in the countryside with the family
Mar 2018 • Family
I have visited this Mausoleum many times over the past few years but this is the first time since it's renovation by the national trust.
The renovation work has transformed what was a derelict monument back to it's former status.
The volunteers manning it's opening day this season were very helpful
After a walk back towards Cobham village we stopped for a quick 'cuppa' in the barn at the start of the walk.Perhaps the trust will expand this facility in the future to offer more refreshments and make a bit more income for the society
Written April 16, 2018
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Batte90S
Beckenham, UK33 contributions
Sunday outing
Apr 2018
We had a lovely walk in the wood followed by an interesting visit to the Mausoleum. It has been well restored, and our NT guide gave us lots of information about the history of the Darnley family. Not something that you’d spend all day doing, but worth the visit we thought.
If you’re a walker, there are lots of trails to head off on once you’ve seen the Mausoleum. Dogs abound, so take your four legged friend along.
Written April 1, 2018
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561kirk
London, UK3 contributions
Country Walks
Jan 2018
both me and my partner often walk to the Darnley Mausoleum at the weekends, just keep an eye or ear out for the cows.
Written January 22, 2018
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