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

Thu 16 Aug 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.

Bird spotting: 50 things to do before you're 11¾

Thu 16 Aug 2018
Borrow some binoculars and a spotting sheet and see what you can find living in our gardens and grounds. Then have a look at our collection of fascinating finds up close.

The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle, by Illyria

Fri 17 Aug 2018
Bring the family and a picnic to enjoy this much-loved story, brought to life by Illyria in the beautiful grounds of Canons Ashby.

Discover British Wildlife

Thu 23 Aug 2018
Meet the experts on British Wildlife and see what you can find exploring our grounds. If you're with younger visitors, try our messy and fun activity: "Whose poos"?


Sat 25 Aug 2018
There will be bargains aplenty at the Brewhouse Bookshop's annual sale, raising money to look after our historic site. Spend the day perusing our second-hand books and stock up in preparation for those cosy autumn evenings.

Create a bird house: 50 things to do before you're 11¾

Thu 30 Aug 2018
Decorate a bird house to take home for your feathered friends at home, and maybe help to fill our wildlife refuge with bedding for them to hide in, ready for autumn,
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Eating and shopping

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