Things to see and do at Ashdown
Visit historic Ashdown House for guided tours of the portrait-adorned staircase, rooftop views over three counties, woodland walks complete with a tree trail and the chance to spot the resident deer.
Climb the staircase
Carved from oak and elm, the staircase at Ashdown is a striking example of 17th-century craftsmanship. On the way up, our guided tour will acquaint you with Elizabeth of Bohemia’s family portraits and numerous hunting trophies.
Pre-book stair and roof tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays from the start of April to the end of October.
Take in the views
The guided tour takes you inside the domed cupola of Ashdown House and out onto the roof. From both vantage points, you can take in the spectacular views over three counties, undisturbed by modern development for nearly 350 years.
Stroll around the grounds
Be sure to look out for the ornamental parterre garden and enjoy views of the house in its landscape setting.
Take a woodland walk
Some of Ashdown’s woodland is older than the house itself, and it’s open to everyone, whether you’re a National Trust member or not. There’s a tree trail to follow as you take in the tranquil surroundings and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.
Look out for deer
There are three herds of deer on the estate – the tiny muntjac, the roe and the white-spotted fallow deer. Look out for them around the grounds and in the woods.
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