Summer at Anglesey Abbey

Join us this summer for a day of relaxation, exploration and discovery.

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Explore the gardens

Open daily | Pre-booked ticket only.

From formal gardens full of scent and colour, to open lawns and wildflower meadows buzzing with activity, it's easy to lose yourself within the gardens at Anglesey Abbey. 

Over the summer months gardens, designed to be show pieces for Lord Fairhaven to reveal to guests, will be reaching their peak. To find out more, head to our gardens page where you'll find the latest information on the gardens currently looking their best.  

Why not pack up a picnic and find a quiet spot to enjoy a good book in the gardens? Our favourite spots for peaceful areas include East Lawn, the Arboretum and on a deck chair in the Pinetum!

Picture of statues either side of pathway to Visitor Centre

The gardens at Anglesey Abbey 

Find out more about our glorious gardens, from the seasonal highlights to the history and design behind them.

Dazzling Dahlias


Our Dahlia Border is blooming with over 70 different varieties, of dahlias. Come and marvel at the many colours, shapes and sizes that the border has to offer, and be sure not to miss the Formal Garden planted with dwarf dahlias too. 

Soak up the summer sunshine

Family enjoying a summer picnic

Perfect picnics

Sit back, and feel the grass between your toes with an old fashioned summertime picnic! Don't panic if you've forgotten something, our Outdoor Kiosks in South Glade and the Arboretum are on hand with anything you might have missed - or even an ice cream for dessert!

Two teenagers lying on a blanket reading books

Lose yourself in a good book

Perhaps you enjoy a classic Austen novel, or like getting your teeth into a good crime fiction, maybe you're a fan of Harry Potter? Whatever your preference, we've plenty of calm spaces to get lost in your favourite paperback. Our top recommendations would be the Quiet Room, the Narcissus Garden or if you're after a spot of shade, a deckchair in the Pinetum would be perfect!

Family fun

The Great Summer Escape

Make the most of the Cambridgeshire countryside with a visit to Anglesey Abbey this summer. From perfect picnic spaces to family fun with 50 things, there’s something for everyone. If you’re searching for inspirational gardens, look no further than our formal gardens which will be full of colour with a buzz in the air throughout August and September. 

50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾

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With an updated list of 50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾, join us for a wild adventure this summer at Anglesey Abbey. With ten brand new activities and a refresh for a further 21, there's plenty to do right here in Hoe Fen, our Wildlife Discovery Area. Head to our Family Fun page to see a few of our favourites. 

Children gathering autumn leaves

Family Fun at Anglesey Abbey 

Whether you're keen to learn about history, go on a scavenger hunt, or want to burn off some energy, Anglesey Abbey has something for everyone. Find out more here and plan your adventure.

Get Active 

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Explore the great outdoors and get active at the same time with a visit to Anglesey Abbey this summer. With plenty of space to let off some built up energy, see whether you can be as fast as a hare, as fit as a frog, or as strong as an ant! 

Use our handy guide to inspire you on your next visit! 

Get Active At Anglesey Abbey (PDF / 1MB) download

Online resources

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Did you know there's plenty of online resources to help you get the most out of your next visit? Click the link below to find your next track or trail! 

Family on a winter trail in the garden

Family activities for outdoor adventures 

We've got lots of fun activities to try on your next family adventure. Discover wildlife at the places in our care using our handy spotter guides or have a go at activities inspired by the colours and sounds of nature.

Two children playing in autumn leaves

Hoe Fen Wildlife Discovery Area 

Open all year round, whatever the weather, Hoe Fen is great for children of all ages to have a wild adventure. Although our play area isn’t ready to open yet, there's plenty to get stuck into from den building to scavenger hunting, the possibilities are endless!

Find our new garden range in the Plant Centre this spring

Recreate Anglesey Abbey Gardens at home 

Our plant centre has now reopened. For the safety of staff and visitors we've introduced social distancing measures and changes to payment, which will be via card only. It is through your purchases that we are able to continue looking after Anglesey Abbey for everyone, for ever.

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