The longest of long galleries

The Long Gallery extends the full length of the house. Measuring an amazing 172 feet from end to end, making it the longest surviving Elizabethan gallery in the country.

The Long Gallery was a space that saw the passing of time during the Elizabethan and Jacobean era.

It was a place to exercise during spells of bad weather, to show off your fine clothes, to play games and to practise your swordmanship.

The host would also take the opportunity to show off his ancestral connections, by displaying portraits on the walls. He could also impress his wealth upon his guests with walls of glass, which were highly prized at that time and offered extensive views across his great estate.

Today it is home to a fabulous collection of Tudor and early Jacobean portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery and  a rolling programme of exhibitions.

" Friday 23rd April 1790, a very remarkable day. We assembled in the Gallery for the first time in the evening – JB gave us some pretty fireworks. It is my (65th) birthday which my wife would celebrate."
- Edward Phelips (1725-97)