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.

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!

The roses at Anglesey Abbey, with lead statue in the background

The gardens at Anglesey Abbey 

With summer almost here, find out where to find the top garden spots for vibrant colour, relaxing picnics or even a stroll in the sunshine 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! 

The kitchens full of activity at Anglesey Abbey

Discover the House at Anglesey Abbey 

Join us as we transport you back to the summer of 1938 inside the house. With plenty to see and do, including some brand new exclusives, what will you discover?

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?

A view of Lode Mill from the Riverside Path

Lode Mill 

The origins of Lode Mill can be traced back to the Domesday Book of 1086. So, given it's age, you won't be surprised to hear that it needs a lot of care and maintenance. We have just completed a full restoration of the waterwheel mechanism and the Mill is now fully operational and producing fresh flour once again.

Family fun

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.

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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. 

Children playing at Hoe Fen, Anglesey Abbey

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
View of the house Anglesey Abbey

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.

Enjoy an ice cream at Anglesey Abbey

Redwoods Restaurant 

Cool down with an ice cream and a cold drink, or sit back & relax over a coffee & delicious slice of cake or cream team in our Redwoods restaurant overlooking the Pinetum. Open daily 9:30am - 4.30pm (5.30pm in summer). Last orders 30 mins before closing.

The 2019 National Trust retail range

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, or buy a gift for a friend or loved one. Our Plant Centre stocks a range of seasonal plants, shrubs, garden ornaments, sculptures, pots & much more. Open daily, 10am - 5:30pm. (4:30pm in Winter) .

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