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Notice: Walks to the Mausoleum from South Lodge will be available on Sunday 21st and Sunday 28th September at 11.30am and 3.30pm, subject to volunteer availability (not on Saturdays as advertised in places). Please note the mausoleum closes at 4pm, and the walk takes approx 20 minutes.

A recently restored 18th-century mausoleum, designed by James Wyatt, and 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.

Woodland pasture

The view of the garden of England

The view of the garden of England

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 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...

Enjoy a relaxing walk

Public footpaths run through the wood with the site bordering the popular Darnley Trail. We also offer walks on Sundays, when the Mausoleum is open, subject to volunteer guide availability.

Looking for a new role in life?

Join our new volunteer welcome guide team at the Mausoleum and help us open this unique monument to the public for the first time.

The history of the mausoleum

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.

The restoration of the Darnley Mausoleum

From decline to restoration, the journey of the mausoleum through history has not been easy. Thankfully it's now restored to its former glory, but the story could have had a very different ending.