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Country home of the Victorian statesman Benjamin Disraeli

Hughenden offers a vivid insight into the charismatic personality and colourful private life of the most unlikely Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, who lived here from 1848 to 1881. You can browse among an extraordinary collection of personal memorabilia, and there's even a Victorian playroom for younger visitors.

A secret wartime past is revealed in our Second World War room in the cellars, with interactive exhibits and eye-witness accounts. Experience the immersive wartime displays in our ice house bunker and find out why Hughenden was high on Hitler's hit list.

We've recently opened our 3rd floor rooms where you can take in colourful vistas of the surrounding countryside. Or pause for a moment to reflect on Disraeli's reputation as one of the leading authors of the Victorian period.

The formal garden has been recreated based on the original designs of Mary Anne Disraeli and there are woodland walks surrounding this country home throughout our rolling parkland.

50 things to do before you're 11¾

Let us know if you’ve tried any of the 50 things © National Trust

Let us know if you’ve tried any of the 50 things

Our woodland and parkland are perfect for climbing trees and building dens. Grassy banks around the formal gardens are ideal for rolling down; see wildlife in nooks and crannies.  You'll think of even more when you arrive.


Hughenden walks, whatever the weather

Toddlers among daffodils © Mel Holmes

Toddlers among daffodils

Each season decks the manor, gardens and parkland with characteristic colour.  The rolling Chiltern countryside gives points where panoramas open before you are swallowed by a magical tree lined path. What weather will dominate your visit?

Hughenden's new and improved car park

Plan your day at Hughenden © Tricia Lockhart

Plan your day at Hughenden

The new car park is open and the old fragmented parking is being returned to woodland. A special buggy shuttle service (with wheelchair ramp) transports drivers to and from the stableyard area though a woodland path is a great alternative. There is a new one way system to follow to park and then to exit.

Goodbye to our Cedar of Lebanon tree

The last tree planted by Disraeli is dead and needs to be removed © Hugh Mothersole

The last tree planted by Disraeli is dead and needs to be removed

The Cedar of Lebanon tree at Hughenden was 85% dead and had to be removed.

This was the last remaining tree planted by Disraeli and marks the transition from conserving to perpetual care and legacy that often happens at our properties.

For this to be done heavy machinery had to come onto the site and Hughenden was closed for this on 15 April 2015. We are currently collating ideas of how we will use the wood to create something of note.

Hughenden on screen

Dizzy’s library © Andreas von Einsiedel

Dizzy’s library

Hughendencan provide authentic Victorian backdrops for period drama. During March 2015 it can be seen on ITV's Arthur & George with Martin Clunes but there are other opportunities for the sharp eyed to glimpse Hughenden. The National Trust preserves special places for the nation so it isn't only Hughenden that appears.

Climb or fly at half-term

Flying a kite is great fun on a windy day © David Levenson

Flying a kite is great fun on a windy day

Half-term at Hughenden will be packed with action for the young. Flying kites or climbing activities for the adventurous with our popular deck chairs and seats for those who prefer to watch or listen to the wildlife or other visitors.

Changing the beds

At the end of May, a small band on a working holiday takes on the task of changing the beds in the parterre.  The spring bulbs coming through the winter display added a glorious splash of colour.

Hughenden has a new green coat

Bluebells form a carpet amongst the trees

Bluebells form a carpet amongst the trees

As the days get warmer and longer, Hughenden is bathed in green as the leaves of trees and plants unfold. The variety in our surroundings of woodland glades, open spaces, chalk stream and plant life gives rise in turn to an assortment of wildlife. The walled garden gives extra shelter to bring some species on unseasonably early. Bluebells form carpets of blue opening first where the sun reaches and slightly later in the wooded areas.  We have already seen a variety of butterflies such as yellow Brimstone and tawny Peacock and we are looking out to for the Chalkhill Blue not to be confused with the Common Blue butterfly.