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Notice: We will be closed from 2pm tomorrow, Friday the 21 November because of an expected power cut.

Ancient woodland and rolling downland

Ashridge Estate is a 2,000 hectare (5,000 acres) area of the Chilterns Hills. The estate has beech and oak woodlands, commons and chalk downlands. These very different landscapes each support a rich variety of wildlife, including carpets of bluebells in spring, rare butterflies in summer and the fallow deer rut in autumn.

The best way to explore the Ashridge Estate is on foot or by bike. Miles of footpaths and bridleways give you plenty of space to explore, and if you drop into the visitor centre we’ll be happy to share our favourite routes with you. We also have mobility scooters if you don’t want to explore under your own steam.

A working estate

We took on the Ashridge Estate in 1926 and we manage the landscape as a working estate, continuing 3000 years of tradition. We use livestock to help look after the diverse habitats on the downlands and our foresters fell timber to ensure the health of the woodland. Keep an eye out for both two and four legged conservation team members during your visit, our human ones will be happy to answer questions on our work.

Ashridge Christmas Trail

Find Blitzen the reindeer on our Christmas trail

Find Blitzen the reindeer on our Christmas trail

Come along to the Ashridge visitor centre for our Christmas Trail around Meadleys Meadow. Learn more about how the wildlife spends Christmas, answer the questions along the way and earn your Christmassy reward!

  • Sat 15 Dec to Mon 31 Dec, 10am to 3.30pm
  • £1 per child



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Ashridge Christmas Fair - 7 December

Festive goodies from the Ashridge Christmas Fair

Festive goodies from the Ashridge Christmas Fair

Come and join in the celebrations at our annual Christmas fair.

Find unusual presents and tasty treats, including original local gifts and products.

  • Sat 7 Dec, 10am to 3.30pm
  • Free entry