Anglesey Abbey

Explore this historic mansion to see the treasures amassed by its affluent owners and to explore the pretty gardens.

Anglesey Abbey is a charming country cottage in the scenic outskirts of Cambridge. Surrounding the house are 114 acres (46 hectares) of elegant gardens with floral displays and statues. Spend a relaxing afternoon meandering through the trees in these serene and picturesque grounds.

The origins of the house date back to the 12th century, when a community constructed a priory on this land. It was rebuilt as a country house in the 1600s. It then went under ownership of several affluent families, including Lord Fairhaven, a British nobleman born in the United States.

Go on a guided tour of the house for a greater understanding of its history and the gems that have been collected over the years. Among the items on display are fine silverware and clocks. Admire the array of paintings and antiques that Lord Fairhaven purchased with the goal of generating an 18th-century stately ambiance. 

Take the kids to the Wildlife Discovery Area, where they can build dens, sit in the storytelling circle and clamber up the Lime Tree Lookout tree house. There are several designated trails throughout the large grounds. Take the Winter Garden and Riverside stroll, which you can complete in less than an hour. The Woodland Path and Hoe Fen Trail and the Circular Walk are much longer trails. 

Wander through the charming gardens to see the delicate snowdrops, hyacinths, roses and other elegant floral displays. Many of these specimens can be purchased at the Plant Center. The grounds also feature the working Lode Mill. 

The majority of the complex is open daily to visitors from morning until late afternoon. However, the house itself closes on Mondays and Tuesdays. Entrance fees vary depending on what you want to see. Children, families and groups receive a discount.

Anglesey Abbey is located 8 miles (13 kilometers) northeast of the center of Cambridge. Take the regular bus service from Cambridge to the cottage or walk or cycle along a scenic path. If you drive, park for free on-site.

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