Plan your day at Canons Ashby

Canons Ashby's Tudor kitchen

With lots to explore and discover, take a look at what we have to offer and enjoy your day, your way.

Things are a little different at the moment due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the below article is now out of date. Please click on What to expect from your visit for information on visiting at the moment.

When you arrive

Admission is free for National Trust supporters on showing your membership card. Every scanned card or ticket sold helps us earn funding to look after this special place. If you are not a member you can join the National Trust on arrival and our visitor reception team will be happy to help.  Aternatively you can pay for an admission ticket. Please click here to see the prices.

Parking is free. Start at visitor reception, which is just next to the car park. It's a short walk of 200 yards up to the main house, shop, tea-room and the top of the gardens.

Accessible parking is in the car park. An accessability buggy is available to help you get to the main house, shop and tea-room area. Click here for further information.

At visitor reception you can also find out what’s happening and pick up information on trails and events. There’s an access buggy available If you would like a lift to the Coach House shop and Stables tea-room. Ask a member of the welcome team who will be happy to help

Canons Ashby house 

The house is presented as the home of Sir Henry Dryden, who lived here in the Victorian period. You can explore the house at your own pace and there are friendly guides in the rooms to answer any questions you may have.

Please check the opening hours of the house as they change dependent upon the time of year. (If we anticipate being exceptionally busy we may have to implement a timed ticket system, if this is the case you will be informed on arrival.)

The great outdoors

Canons Ashby's formal gardens are a stunningly scenic example of early-18th century garden design and the parkland is the perfect place for a stroll and ideal for walking the dogs (on leads please). A family friendly parkland walk, or some longer countryside walks, are free to pick up from Visitor Reception. Picnics are welcomed in the spinney and parkland (but please not in the formal garden).

The priory church

The little priory church is included as part of your admission. It can be accessed through the paddock.Go through the gate, taking care when crossing the road. What you see today, is just a remnant of a much bigger Augustinian Priory which existed before the Dissolution in the time of Henry VIII. With some lovely stained glass, attractive medieval architecture and a fascinating story to tell, the priory church is well worth a visit.

Bringing children to visit?
Find out all the essential family information here.