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“Audley End House - a great day out”

Audley End House and Gardens
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Owner description: Built by the first Earl of Suffolk, Lord Treasurer to James I, this Jacobean-style house is one of the most magnificent of its type in England.
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Fabulous place and loads to see all day there. Staff in Victorian character and wonderful kitchens. Worth visitng again and again.

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Reviewed January 20, 2013

The house is a spendid Jacobean mansion with a Victorian service wing which houses a visitor centre, tea room, shop and toilets. A fine parterre next to the house and further afield the 17thC stables and yard with an exhibition " an estate at work and play" and shop. Then there is a large organic kitchen garden, a pond, waterwheel, cascade, Tea House bridge and Elysian Garden. A large grass area for picnics and lots of space for kids to r un and play. Also one can take "circular" walks around the estate and visit the Temple of Concord.
The property is administered by English Heritage and as usual one can obtain a well produced guidebook.

Thank Hackford
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Reviewed December 2, 2012 via mobile

Basically this place is a complete rip off and English Heritage should be ashamed of themselves for charging the entrance fees they do. We spent £60 for our group of four adults to enter Audley End (£15/person) and I just think it wasn't worth it. While the fee includes entrance to the house, there is only one floor open and people are only permitted entrance to about 6-7 rooms and there was basically nothing of interest in the rooms other than old furniture and taxidermy. On the weekend we visited there were "actors" positioned in some of the rooms pretending to be "ghosts". This may be of interest to small children. However it was slightly ridiculous for adults.

There are two cafeteria. We used the one in the house which purported to serve light lunches but in reality only served sandwiches and soup along with the usual cakes. However the main problem with this cafe was the slow, poor service and high prices. We stood in a queue for 15 mins before being served and when we were served the poor ladies behind the counter were stressed out and uninterested. We had a soup, a sandwich and two cups of tea and that came to nearly £20. Again English Heritage are just taking the mickey.

As a group of friends we actually like visiting stately homes and doing this kind of thing but our experience of high prices and the fact it was boring have motivated me to report a negative review on TA.

3  Thank cyprusboy
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Not so easily found from the M11; it is best reached from the North via Duxford and the brown signs that sometimes hide until you have started to leave by the rounabout exit before the proper one- so go with the kids and make them look out for the signs for you. With all the interesting things kids like -stables with horses; woodland walks where squirrels peep from trees ... a play area and a large grassy place to picnic near the river Cam ... It doesn't come cheap at £33 plus for a family group. BUT for not much more, one person can join English Heritage and then can take SIX children in. And if one person is a wheelchair bound member, her/his carer gets in free -so grandparents might find this is the cheapest family day out EVER! THEN aferwards all the other EH properties come free too so you can really be the top granny in the summer holidays. However, solo Adults will love the splendours of the House and the VINEHOUSE in the walled garden is a MUST - but again, the children will be intrigued by the bachelor gardeners' cottages behind the greenhouses, they are furnished as they were in 1940's.

1  Thank Leslie E
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

We chanced to visit on a day at the end of season (autumn half term) and had a special interest. Actors were bringing the kitchen to life, from Mrs Crocombe the cook and her various servants, showing the way that pheasants were plucked, bread was baked etc - very authentically done. And really beautiful treescapes too for photographers.

1  Thank Incartek
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