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Things to see and do at Ashdown

Exterior view of Ashdown House, Oxfordshire
Exterior view of Ashdown House | © National Trust Images/Hugh Mothersole

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.

The East Facade of Ashdown House, Oxfordshire
The East Facade of Ashdown House | © National Trust Images/Hugh Mothersole

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.

View towards the house from Weathercock Hill, Ashdown House, Oxfordshire

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