The longest of long galleries
The Long Gallery extends the full length of the house. Measuring an amazing 172 feet from end to end, it is the longest surviving Elizabethan gallery in the country.
The Long Gallery was a space for both play and display 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 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 a glorious, dramatic space, filled with light and providing a 360 degree perspective of the garden and parkland. The Oriel window at the north end is perhaps the best place to admire the mown parterre.
Rooms off the Long Gallery are 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."