Summer at Anglesey Abbey
Join us this summer for a day of relaxation, exploration and discovery. Opening up the archives, we'll be sharing with you some of the stories behind the transformation that Anglesey Abbey went through under the ownership of the 1st Lord Fairhaven.
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!
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
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!
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.
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?
Design your own adventure
Daily throughout the summer holidays | £2 available from Visitor Welcome
Collect an activity guide, and complete the quiz to discover what kind of adventure you’ll be having at Anglesey Abbey today.
Will you become a nature explorer? Or maybe a history buff? You could become a green-fingered explorer or even a combination of all three!
Once you’ve chosen, you’ll need to turn to the pages that match your adventure. Each one will have you discovering lots of new things about Anglesey Abbey, with exciting activities to get stuck into like constructing a woodland hideout in Hoe Fen, discovering how many different types of flower there are in the wildflower meadows or creating your own bejewelled cross in the House.
Find out more 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.