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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 in Hertfordshire
Not free for members
Facilities
  • Accessible parking
  • Garden only
Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
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

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

This house is not part of the Free for Members scheme, but is one of many houses on our website that we support to promote their tours, weddings, filming and other commercial offerings. To see all the places you can visit as a Historic Houses member, please visit our ‘Free for Members’ listings page here. Or to find out more about how the membership scheme works and how it supports our work to protect independent heritage, visit our page here.

Group Visits

Groups may visit by appointment.

Please email us on stpaulswalden@gmail.com.

Educational Visits

We welcome visits from primary and secondary schools. These include a Forest School for primary children and summer holiday events.

Please contact us for details.

stpaulswalden@gmail.com

Accessibility
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

The Bowes Lyon family

We live in the house and Simon does much of the gardening. The house is divided into four and we live in the centre. The state rooms are mainly used for concerts and weddings. You're very welcome to visit our special home.

St Paul's Walden Bury lake

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