Group visits to Audley End House and Gardens

Enjoy a group day out exploring the spacious grounds and estate of one of England’s grandest mansions, Audley End. Whether you’re exploring the servant’s wing, state rooms, stables, kitchen garden or beautiful grounds, you’ll discover what life was like above and below stairs at a Victorian country house.

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Group Discount

We offer a 15% discount (10% for Stonehenge) for groups of 11 or more paying visitors when payment is made in a single transaction.
Per group you also receive:

  • free entry for one tour leader
  • free entry for one coach driver

The tour leader, coach driver and any English Heritage members do not count towards the group totals.

Eastern Branch members took advantage of the lovely weather and held a Branch meeting under one of the Stately Oaks in the grounds. There was then time to visit the House and Dairy before Lunch. We picnicked in the grounds then visited the Stables and Kitchen gardens. Everyone at Audley End was so pleased to see visitors again and we felt very welcome. A wonderful first get together since the pandemic struck.
Director - Association for Group Travel Organisers (AGTO) Eastern Branch

On group visit and branch meeting

Booking information

Trade admission prices:

Please refer to our Trade Admission Prices & Site Opening Times brochure for pricing and opening times information at our top sites for groups.

Making a booking:

Contact information for making your group booking can be found in the Visit & Contact Information section below. Please include the property name and date of visit in the subject line of your email.

We will require the following information to check availability and book you in.

  • Group name
  • Name of property
  • Tour reference/booking reference (if applicable)
  • Date and time of arrival
  • Number of visitors

Payment method:

Payment can be made on arrival by:

  • cash,
  • credit/debit card,
  • cheque; made payable to The English Heritage Trust.
  • Agency Voucher Scheme (AVS)*

*Agency Voucher Scheme account holders can redeem their company voucher on arrival and be invoiced after their visits. Subject to eligibility, contact us to find out more.

Visit & Contact information

  • Coach parking: There is limited parking for coaches on site, 30 metres from the entrance to the house. Drop-off at main entrance, 180 metres from the house entrance. Vehicles over 2.93 metres (9 foot 6 inches) high need to access the site via an alternative entrance. Height restricted vehicles can park on the 'miniature railway' car park across the road: note this must be booked in advance and costs £10 or £5 drop and go and is subject to availability.
  • Catering: The servants' Hall tearoom seats 90 and provides lunches and light refreshments. Coach drivers qualify for a complimentary drink and 20% off all other purchases. The cart yard cafe seats 28 inside and 40 outside. It provides snacks and sandwiches, and is open all week in peak season and at weekends off season.
  • Orientation map: Download a copy of our Audley End orientation map to help with your planning.
  • Average length of visit: House: 1 1/2 hours; Gardens: 1 1/2 hours.

Address: Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF

Email: bookings@english-heritage.org.uk (Central group bookings team)

Telephone: +44 (0) 1799 522842 (General information only)

Local TIC: Please call +44 (0) 1799 524002 (Saffron Walden) or +44 (0) 1223 464732 (Cambridge) if you would like information about other things to do in the local area.

Guided tours

Make your group visit extra special by adding a guided tour.

Please allow for the indicated minimum notice below when requesting a guided tour.

Audley End House Tour

One of our expert guides can bring to life one of England’s grandest mansions. Add a guided tour to your group visit and discover what life was like above and below stairs at a Victorian country house. This tour can be tailored to your group's interests.

  • Duration: 45 minutes. Available between 12:00 - 15:00.
  • Price: normal admission fee + £75 for the group.
  • Minimum – maximum pax: maximum 25 pax per tour. Larger groups can book multiple tours.
  • Advance booking required: Yes, a minimum 1 month notice is required.

Pleasure Garden Tour

Let our expert gardener take you on a stroll around our idyllic gardens to see the work of the influential ‘Capability’ Brown who swept away the remnants of a declining formal garden to create extensive views, a serpentine lake, and more natural planting.

  • Duration: 60 minutes. Available April - October between 12:00 - 15:00. Weekdays only.
  • Price: normal admission fee + £60 for the group.
  • Minimum – maximum pax: maximum 25 pax per tour. Larger groups can book multiple tours.
  • Advance booking required: Yes, a minimum 1 month notice is required.

Group Travel Support

Further support and useful resources available to group travel organisers can be found on our dedicated Group Visits webpages.

For educational groups, please visit our School Visits webpages.

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