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Restored 18th-century mausoleum, set in peaceful woodland

Absorb the atmosphere at the restored Cobham Mausoleum, designed by the 18th-century architect James Wyatt and memorably featured in the BBC's Restoration programme.

Explore the history by visiting the South Lodge Barn and see our film graphically detailing this incredible rescue story.

Then follow in the footsteps of the original owners, the Darnley family, and walk through the peaceful ancient cattle grazed woodland, once part of their extensive Cobham Hall estate, to visit the mausoleum. You can have a guided walk (subject to volunteer availability) and view the chapel and crypt on Sundays from  April - September.

Re-establishing the woodland pasture

Highland cattle grazing in front of the Mausoleum

Highland cattle grazing in front of the Mausoleum

The managed wood pasture at Cobham is historically significant as it is considered by many to be the closest type of landscape in lowland Britain to that which existed in prehistoric times. Set within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) the site is also classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the rarity of the wood pasture habitat.

Grazing Highland cattle have been introduced to help restore the woodland pasture, enabling the mosaic of grasses, herbaceous plants and scrub, which are characteristic of this important environment, to re-establish.

Take a stroll...

Get your walking boots on and enjoy the countryside © Gareth Wiltshire

There are various public footpaths in and around Cobham Woods, to help you explore this beautiful countryside. Follow the link to download a copy of our guide to the area.

Looking for a new role in life?

Looking for a new role in life? © NTPL Paul Harris

Join our dedicated volunteer welcome guide team at the Mausoleum and help us open this unique monument to the public.

Early history of the Mausoleum

looking down on the damage © Alison Naylor (CAMS)

The history of the Darnley Mausoleum, an unusual monument, is surprising. Built as an icon but never used, the mausoleum was always designed to be a symbol of power and wealth.

Restoration of the Mausoleum

Despair and decline, the mausoleum before restoration. © Alison Naylor (CAMS)

From decline to restoration, the 20th century history of the mausoleum has been a story of almost destruction to restoration, leading to it being open regularly to the public for the first time.

Watch our short video about Cobham