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Notice: Dear Visitors We are carrying out some essential works on our old drains to alleviate some local flooding issues and blockages in the West Wing. A small section of the Italianate Garden in front of the Orangery Terrace will be fenced off for a few weeks and a few small areas in the park while we upgrade our pipework. This should not affect your visit but we thank you for your patience in advance. The Ickworth Team
A Georgian Italianate palace in an idyllic English landscape
A grand place for a truly entertaining day out.
Ickworth's impressive Rotunda - a magnificent showcase commmissioned by the 4th Earl of Bristol to house his priceless treasures collected on tours around Europe in the 18th-century - is an architectural marvel. For 200 years, the eccentric, and sometimes infamous, Hervey family added to the treasures inside and out, also creating the earliest Italianate garden in England. The exquisite craftmanship of the finest Hugenot silversmiths is breathtaking, and you can follow the family's history through outstanding portraits by Gainsborough, Hogarth and Reynolds.
After walking in the tranquil parkland, experience 1930s domestic service in the restored servants' basement, sharing the real stories and memories of former staff who kept this country estate running.
■ Discover the extraordinary life of the 4th Earl of Bristol, the Ickworth visionary who built Ickworth House a man loved and loathed in equal measure, the vagabond star in his own words.
■ Enjoy days out from a great line-up of events throughout the year for all your family and friends.
■ Step back in time, open the drawers, and bang out a tune on the piano in our restored basement.
■ Enjoy special Living History days, Conservation in Action days and Cooks in the Kitchen days throughout the year in the Rotunda House.
■ Discover the enchanting stumpery in the Italianate garden.
■ Wander at leisure across acres of parkland pleasure grounds and chart the changing seasonal landscape.
■ Picnic anywhere you like, but our walled garden and seasonal meadow are especially magical.
■ Have fun with our children's packs providing hours of entertainment every day of the year.
We currently need room guides, especially for the weekends. If you've some spare time and would like to discover unexpected facts to indulge your own interest and curiosity of this special place, Email or chat with us on 01284 736128 today.