Summer at Anglesey Abbey

Join us this summer for a day of relaxation, exploration and discovery. With seven days worth of fun-filled activities, there's something for everyone.

Explore the gardens

Open daily from 9.30am - 5.30pm

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 pick up a page-turner in our Second Hand Bookshop (open daily) and find a quiet spot in the gardens? Our favourite spots for peaceful areas include East Lawn, the Arboretum and on a deck chair in the Pinetum!

Atmospheric views across the gardens at Anglesey Abbey during the autumn.

The gardens at Anglesey Abbey 

With warm tones of oranges and reds lining the avenues of trees, autumn in the gardens is always a perfect photo opportunity. Find out where our hot spots are ahead of your next visit.

Seasonal Garden Tours

Weekdays at 11.30am and 1.30pm | Free

Want to find out more about the fascinating gardens that Anglesey Abbey is so well known for? Join one of our friendly, knowledgeable garden guides for a tour of the gardens, picking out the favourite hot spots and what's looking good on the day of your visit.

Find out more here.

Please note: These tours are run by volunteers, and are subject to change. If you would like to take part, please call ahead of your visit to ensure that they are running on the day. 

Soak up the summer sunshine

Two teenagers lying on a blanket reading books

Bring a 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? No matter the book, we want you to find a quiet spot among the grounds of Anglesey Abbey this summer to take a moment to yourself with a good book. Share your favourite place to read with us using #BringABookToAnglesey Don't forget... we've got lots of pre-loved books looking for new homes in our second hand bookshop. Open daily from 11am - 4pm.

Discover the summer of 1938 inside the House

Open daily from 11.03am - 5.03pm (Last entry one hour before)

To celebrate the 81st anniversary of this opening, we'll be highlighting the transformation that Anglesey Abbey went through under the ownership of Urban Huttleston Rogers Broughton, the 1st Lord Fairhaven. This can be seen all over the house, along with the influence of his American background. 

Explore the similarities in taste between mother and son as you search for the collection that came to Anglesey Abbey from her home in Park Lane, London. 

There's also plenty for families to do once inside too! Head to the Domestic Wing to make your own bookmark to remember your day with us, or even dress up as a 1930's domestic servant!. If you're lucky and you time it right, you might even catch the staff cooking up some treats for afternoon tea! 

Autumn House

Discover the House at Anglesey Abbey 

This Christmas immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of Thanksgiving and Christmas in a country home. Discover the contrast between a classy Christmas full of vintage glamour, and halls decked with tacky tinsel, brightly coloured decorations and lights.

Behind the Scenes: One Man's Home

Tuesdays at 12 noon | Free (Tickets available from Visitor Welcome on a first come, first served basis).

Step beyond the usual visitor route and get to know some selected items from Lord Fairhaven’s wonderful collection that are not normally on show.

Discover the personality and influences that shaped this luxurious and comfortable home as you explore rooms that are not usually open.

Find out more here.

Uncover Lode Mill's history

Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10.30 - 3.30 (Daily in school holidays) 

Lode Mill was purchased by Lord Fairhaven in 1934, eight years after the Fairhaven brothers acquired the estate. After restoration work undertaken by the Cambridgeshire Wind and Watermill Society was completed in 1982, it has been milling corn ever since.

Located at half way through the Winter and Riverside walk, Lode Mill tells the story of grain to plate in the setting of a historic working watermill. 

Climb to the top floor and follow the process down to the freshly milled wholemeal flour on the ground floor. Why not pick up a bag and bake something new at home?

Lode Mill in Autumn

Anglesey Abbey Lode Mill 

Centuries old, Lode Mill is a watermill that was restored to perfect working order. Today, you can see how our team of millers turn grain into fresh wholemeal flour. Click here to find out the fascinating history of Lode Mill.

Family fun
Six weeks of summer fun at Wimpole and Anglesey Abbey Download your free activities planner here!

50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾

Daily | Free | Available from Visitor Welcome 

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. 

Autumn Children Hoe Fen

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. From Den Building to spying on nature in our Wildlife Watch Hut, the possibilities are endless!

Make the most out of your day
Picture of a seat against a backdrop of vivid colour

Make the most of your day at Anglesey Abbey 

We've put together our top tips to help you make the most out of your day.

A pear and cinnamon cake at Anglesey Abbey

Redwoods Restaurant 

Whether you're looking to meet friends for a coffee, have a scrumptious lunch whilst you visit, or sample a cream tea in true National Trust style, Redwoods Restaurant is the perfect place to do it. Open daily 9:30am - 4.30pm, with last orders approximately 30 minutes before closing.

Christmas tree with gifts around in shop at Anglesey Abbey

Shopping inspired by special places 

Are you looking for a special present for a friend or loved one, or maybe something to remember this special place by? We have lots of gift ideas in our shop, so come along and pick up something special.

Anglesey Abbey - Plant Centre 1 July 2019

Recreate Anglesey Abbey Gardens at home 

Recreate the look of the beautiful Anglesey Abbey gardens at home. Our Plant Centre stocks a range of seasonal plants, shrubs, garden ornaments, sculptures, pots and much more. Open daily, 10am - 4:30pm.

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