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St Paul’s Walden Bury

A notable landscape garden laid out in the early 18th-century and the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 8BP

St Paul's Walden Bury
Free for members
Facilities
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
Accessibility

House is accessible for wheel chairs.
Part of garden also accessible for wheel chairs, but there are also parts with steep slopes.
No disabled toilet.

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

St Paul’s Walden Bury is a notable landscape garden, laid out in the early 18th-century, covering about 50 acres.

This is the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Long avenues lead to temples, statues, lake and ponds. Flower gardens bloom in spring and summer, with beautiful displays of magnolias, rhododendrons, irises, lilies. Wild flowers are encouraged, especially cowslips, bluebells, spotted orchids.

The surrounding estate, with its arable and livestock farm and its ancient woodland, is a traditional country estate set in the heart of the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside.

The front of the house dates from 1720, notable for its charming architecture. There is also a substantial Victorian addition. Inside the beautiful Green Drawing Room and Red Drawing Room are decorated with very fine plasterwork.

The house and garden can be visited by appointment and the house and gardens are available for hire.

Opening Times

See website for opening times.

 

The house and garden can be visited by appointment for £15.00.

A garden only visit costs £7.50 (proceeds to charity).

Please email us and suggest dates and times you would like to visit: stpaulswalden@gmail.com

Admission

Guided tour of the house and visit to the garden: £15
Visit to garden only: £7.50, children free (up to 2 per adult)

HHA members should contact us by email to arrange free visit
stpaulswalden@gmail.com

Group Visits

Pre booked group tour of the garden includes a talk on landscape design as reflected in this garden, and information on seasonal flowers.

Contact stpaulswalden@gmail.com to discuss pre-arranged group visits

Educational Visits

Contact stpaulswalden@gmail.com to discuss pre-arranged farm visits for school children

Accessibility

House is accessible for wheel chairs.
Part of garden also accessible for wheel chairs, but there are also parts with steep slopes.
No disabled toilet.

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

The Bowes Lyon family

The Bowes Lyon family live in the house and Simon does much of the gardening. Fergus runs the estate. The beautiful state rooms at the front of the house are used for concerts and weddings.

St Paul's Walden Bury lake

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