Canons Ashby

A tranquil Tudor manor house set in rare terraced gardens, with the 'antient' Dryden family at its heart

Enjoy summer at Canons Ashby

Outdoor theatre at sunset

See a performance at Canons Ashby 

Come and see a performance in the beautiful surroundings of Canons Ashby. Whether it’s music or drama, children or adults, we have something coming up for everyone to enjoy.

Get out in the fresh air

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Upcoming events

In the picture: then and now

Tue 17 Jul 2018
See Canons Ashby's outdoor spaces through the eyes of the talented creative women who lived here long ago on this fascinating self-led trail.

Artist in residence: botanical watercolours

Tue 17 Jul 2018
On your visit around the house you may meet our artist in residence in the Dryden Sitting Room. Jenny Major creates beautiful botanical watercolours, many of which are based on specimens from Canons Ashby's garden.

Guided visit to Priory Church and medieval stew ponds

Thu 19 Jul 2018
Find out more about the medieval history of Canons Ashby with a guided visit to the church, and then to the recently restored medieval stew ponds: an area not accessible to the public without a guide.

Bug hunting: 50 things to do before you're 11¾

Thu 26 Jul 2018
Bring the family, collect some bug finding equipment from our friendly volunteers and search for creepy crawlies all over Canons Ashby. Tick of what you find and earn yourself a sticker!

Evening garden tour with the head gardener

Thu 26 Jul 2018
Join our head gardener for a fascinating tour of our historic garden, full of inside information about the plants and garden history of this special place. Then enjoy tea or coffee and a slice of cake together.

Give it a Grow: 50 things to do before you're 11¾

Thu 02 Aug 2018
Get green fingered finding out about gardening, compost, creepy crawlies and more. Then take home something to grow yourself!
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Eating and shopping

Afternoon Tea in the tea garden

Afternoon Tea at Canons Ashby 

Indulge yourself or your loved ones with an afternoon tea in our tea-room or tea-garden on a peaceful afternoon.

Shopping and Eating

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Alice Dryden and her parents under the cedar tree

The women who shaped Canons Ashby 

Find out more about the incredible women who helped to shape Canons Ashby as you see it today.

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Our work

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Art and collections

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Canons Ashby on the National Trust Collections website