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Notice: For safety reasons, we close at dusk during winter months, which can be as early as 3pm. Phone 01494 755573 before you come to check exact times.

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.

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Pick up some conkers 

Pick up some conkers

Our woodland and parkland are perfect for climbing trees and building dens. Grassy banks around the formal gardens are ideal for rolling down; splash through puddles or catch a falling leaf and complete more of your scrapbook list .  You'll think of even more when you arrive.

 

Hughenden walks, whatever the weather

Snow covered Hughenden Park © Steve Kirkpatrick

Snow covered Hughenden Park

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?

Car park changes; have your say

Glimpse of woodland through one of Hughenden’s ornamental gates © Hugh Mothersole

Glimpse of woodland through one of Hughenden’s ornamental gates

November saw the commencement of a car park project to provide visitors with a new, improved, and larger Hughenden car park due to open in February 2015.  The Hughenden team will be holding special events throughout January to ask for input and questions. Drop-in information sessions will take place Friday 23 January  and Tuesday 27th, from 10:00am until 12:00pm in the Hughenden Estate Offices.

Come and see our champion tree

We have a horse chestnut tree which is officially the largest in the UK.  It predates Disraeli, who supplemented trees on the estate with lots of seasonal fir trees - visit and see for yourself.

Starting this January - Wednesday winter wisdom

Dizzy memorabilia

Dizzy memorabilia

Hughenden is open all year with something to suit all ages and interests.  In the shorter winter days check closing times as lower light levels can mean parts of the site close before dusk. A series of free talks start in January to give visitors a deeper insight and some fascinating detail about some aspects of Hughenden's history. Each talk begins at 2pm and is subject to normal entrance fees.  Why not join us?

14 January – Rob Bandy – ‘Belzoni’s Travels – Hughenden’s Egyptian Treasure’
21 January – Sandra Mayer - A 'Nineteenth-Century Richard Burton'? Disraeli as a Victorian Celebrity
28 January – Fran Penny – ‘A contented Viscountess – Mary Anne Disraeli’s Hughenden Embroidery’.
4 February – Jonathan Keates – Chairman of Venice in Peril – ‘Disraeli and Venice, and the work of the Venice in peril Fund’
11 February – Rob Bandy and Fran Penny – ‘Disraeli, a curious collector: Treasures from the Hughenden collection’
 

 

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