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Visit to Audley End House & Wimpole Estate
Tuesday 04 June 2019

This will be a two location day trip comprising AUDLEY END HOUSE (EH) near Saffron Walden, Essex - one of the greatest houses of early 17th-century England. In about 160514 Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk, took an earlier house created by his grandfather Lord Audley on the site of Walden Abbey, and rebuilt it on the scale of a royal palace. Robert Adam transformed this house for Sir John Griffin Griffin in the 1760s, while Lancelot‘Capability’ Brown remodelled the grounds, to create one of England's finest landscape gardens. We have a guidedhouse tour on arrival and an opportunity to enjoy the property and gardens and take lunch (not included).

A short journey will bring us to WIMPOLE ESTATE (NT) for our afternoon visit will be free-flow giving time to enjoy the highlights such as the 1780s state bed, and the exquisite gilded sofas made especially to fit the curvedwalls of Sir John Soane’s Yellow Drawing Room and the library built by James Gibbs in 1730, showing how a grandcountry house would have looked in its heyday. You may also explore the outdoors at Wimpole including pleasure grounds, walled garden, parterre and parkland before our return to North Norfolk.

Travel will be by coach from the three pickup points, with final timings to be confirmed. Coach and morning guided tour are included; refreshments are available at both venues but not included.

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