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Notice: This year we're taking advance bookings for children for our Ickworth Christmas Sparkle weekends and visits with Father Christmas. Please see our events page under Things to see and do, to access the link to find out about the day and to book your visit.
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 enchanting stumpery in the Italianate garden.
■ 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 style and elegance from the past with our Costume exhibition 'Connecting Threads', displaying period costumes from the past 80 years from Ickworth House and St Edmundsbury Heritage Service.
■ Wander at leisure across acres of parkland pleasure grounds and chart the changing seasonal landscape.
■ 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.
Why not drop in, discover more about our roles inside and out and chat to the team on our Volunteer taster day Saturday 18 October 10am - 12pm.