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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

Hughenden walk autumn view © Paul Cawte

Hughenden walk autumn view

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.

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.

Arriving early at Hughenden?

The drawing room © Andreas von Einsiedel

The drawing room

 Why not join our daily guided tour of Hughenden Manor at 10.40 am.  Tickets available on a first come first served basis from the Welcome kiosk.

Conservation in action

Hughenden library books in bubblewrap following flood damage © National Trust

Hughenden library books in bubblewrap following flood damage

A recent flood in the library has led to a raft of conservation strategies evident at Hughenden. Whilst the library is not the tranquil room it was, seeing how we deal with the problem and care for the books and artifacts offers an interesting angle for visitors.

Car park buggy service

Volunteer drivers man the buggy service to and from the car park. Wet weather protection and ramps for wheelchairs make it useful in all weathers. Just one of our volunteer opportunities.

Super size your summer fun at Hughenden

Our many garden games include Jenga, snakes  © David Sell

Our many garden games include Jenga, snakes

 

Starting on 23 July to 31 August, whether you follow our estate trail or try our new giant games, there is something for everyone. Tackle giant checkers or try our Jenga challenge. Step-up to try your hand at giant skittles. If croquet is more to your taste, we have a set on the lawn each afternoon. Picnic on the parterre or lounge in our deckchairs as the birds and bees serenade you.

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