History and Heritage of Ashridge

History and Heritage

Ashridge has always been a renowned seat of learning. It originated as a monastic order called the 'College of Bonhommes' in 1283 and returned to education in the twentieth century. The current building dates from the early 19th century and was designed by the architect James Wyatt.

Ashridge Business School was established in 1959 and is one of the leading centres for executive education in the world and is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top business schools in the annual Financial Times rankings.
You can find more information about the history of Ashridge, its gardens and its corporate history in these pages. If you have any questions about Ashridge, please contact us at the telephone number shown on the right.

Guided House and Garden Tours

Ashridge House and Gardens are open for guided tours during April and August (excluding Bank Holidays) each year.

House Tours

The Main Hall, Ante Room, Wyatt Room, Chapel, Stables and other rooms (subject to availability) are on view. The tour lasts aproximately 1½ hours and includes access to explore the beautiful gardens at your leisure.

House tours are available Monday - Thursday and begin at 2 pm and 2:30 pm.

Garden Tours

This tour guides you through 190 acres of gardens and parkland, designed by Humphry Repton and last approximately 1 hour. Garden Tours are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays only and commence after the House Tour at 4 pm.

Guided House Tour:
£8.00 Adult
£5.00 Children/Concession
Free for HHA members

Guided Garden Tour:
£8.00 Adult
£5.00 Children/Concession
Free for HHA members

Light refreshments are available to purchase:

Advance booking is required
Please call +44 (0)1442 843491 to make a reservation.

Please notify us in advance if anyone in your party requires wheelchair access.

Ashridge Gardens Restoration Project

Ashridge launches a new
Conservation Plan for its historic garden in urgent need of protection and restoration.

Gardens Open

The Gardens are open annually from Easter until the end of October. Entry is available from 2 pm to 6 pm on weekends and Bank Holidays.

Admission: £4.50
Concessions/children: £2.50
Free for HHA members

Refreshments and access to the House are not available at this time.