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Ashridge Estate

Type:Historic House / Palace

Ringshall, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 1LT

Tel: 01442 851227

Ashridge Estate

About

This magnificent and varied countryside estate criss-crosses the border between Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, along the main ridge of the Chiltern Hills.

There are 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) of woodlands, commons and chalk downland supporting a rich variety of wildlife and offering splendid walks through outstanding scenery.

The focal point is the Bridgewater Monument, erected in 1832 to the Duke of Bridgewater, in recognition of his pioneering canal development.

Ivinghoe Beacon, at the end of the Ridgeway, has been inhabited from pre-history to the current day. From the top there are wonderful views of the surrounding countryside, including Whipsnade and the Chiltern Gateway.

'Capability' Brown, the famous landscape designer, worked at Ashridge in the 18th century. His greatest achievement here was the creation of the Golden Valley to the north east of Ashridge house.

A great visit, all year round

In spring the bluebells always manage to provide a breathtaking display. June is when our large herd of fallow deer produce their young. You can see groups of adults with their fawns flitting through the woodland glades.

There are many lovely picnic spots that you can take advantage of throughout the summer. Later, the autumn colours are great if you like walking or photography. At the end of the year, frost and snow provide a fairytale environment.

Find ideas for walks and family days out at the visitor centre.

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Awards

  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member Tourism South East Member 2017

Opening Times

2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

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