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A tranquil Elizabethan manor house set in beautiful 18th-century gardens

Built by the Drydens using the remains of a medieval priory, the house and gardens have survived largely unaltered since 1710 and are presented as they were during the time of Sir Henry Dryden, a Victorian antiquary, passionate about the past.

The warm, welcoming house features grand rooms, stunning tapestries and Jacobean plasterwork, contrasting with the domestic detail of the servants' quarters.

Stroll in the historic parkland and catch glimpses of early medieval landscapes, while a wander through the priory church reveals the story of the canons of Canons Ashby.

Welcome to Canons Ashby

Canons Ashby is the perfect place for a great day out. Take a look at our welcome video and find out what's in store for your visit.

  • Take a stroll around the newly restored garden
  • Find out about the curious life and times of Sir Henry Dryden
  • Enjoy a cream tea in our award-winning Stables tea-room
  • Treat yourself or buy a gift in the Coach House shop
  • Say hello to Erasmus the cockerel and his ladies as you head up the path to the house
  • Have your picnic in the paddock under the trees
  • See if you can tell the time from the sundial

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Canons Ashby Virtual Tour

Exterior view of Canon’s Ashby © National Trust Canons Ashby

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