Overview

Arbury Hall has been the seat of the Newdegate family for over 450 years and is the ancestral home of Viscount Daventry.

This Tudor/Elizabethan House was Gothicised by Sir Roger Newdegate in the 18th Century and is regarded as the 'Gothic Gem' of the Midlands.

The principal rooms, with their soaring fan vaulted ceilings, plunging pendants and filigree tracery, stand as a most breathtaking and complete example of early Gothic Revival architecture and provide a unique and fascinating venue for corporate entertaining, product launches, fashion shoots and activity days.

Exclusive use of this historic Hall, its gardens and parkland is offered to clients. The hall stands in the middle of beautiful parkland with landscaped gardens of rolling lawns, lakes and winding wooded walks.

Spring flowers are profuse and in June rhododendrons, azaleas and giant wisteria provide a beautiful environment for the visitors. George Eliot, the novelist, was born on the estate and Arbury Hall and Sir Roger Newdegate were immortalised in her book 'Scenes of a Clerical Life'.


Opening
Opening

2020

Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday in April, May and August.

Tours only, 1pm to 4.30pm.

Appointment

Open for pre-booked visits for parties/groups of 25 and over on weekdays from April to end of September by prior arrangement.

Find Us
Find us

Main entrance is at ///punch.punt.palace. What does this mean?

Situated in the heart of England and convenient to the major motorways. 2m SW of Nuneaton. 1m W of A444.

Nuneaton 5 mins. Birmingham City Centre 30 mins. London 2 hrs. Coventry 20 mins.

Please enter via the Round Towers using CV10 7NF for SatNav (not the Hall postcode).
For more information see our website: www.arburyestate.co.uk or telephone 01676 540529.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Admission
Admission

Admission free for Historic Houses members.

Adults (Hall & Gardens) £10.00
Child £5.50
Family (2+2) £25.00

Adults (Gardens Only) £6.50
Child £5.00

Free Parking, dogs on leads in gardens only.

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Guide dogs welcome
Group Visits
Group Visits

Open for pre-booked visits for parties/groups of 25 and over on weekdays from April to end of September by prior arrangement.

 

Weddings

Arbury Hall does not cater for wedding ceremonies inside the Hall.

Wedding receptions and large private parties can be accommodated by way of a marquee in the historic parkland with the Hall as a backdrop.

The hiring of Marquee and catering etc is the responsibility of the hirer.

Arbury is situated in the heart of England and convenient for major motorways and Birmingham International Airport

Facilities

  • Guest parking
  • Accessible parking

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Arbury Hall, with its unique elegance and historical importance, makes an ideal location for corporate hire.

We can provide the perfect setting within the Hall's unique reception rooms for clients looking for a venue close to the heart of England in which to entertain their guests or colleagues.

The splendour of the grounds at Arbury, with its peaceful setting and scenic backdrop, provides a stunning location for open air events which never cease to enthrall our corporate clients.

Arbury Hall is situated close to Birmingham International Airport and convenient to the major motorways. Exclusive use of the Hall and Gardens are available for corporate functions all year round by arrangement


Opening
Opening

2020

Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday in April, May and August.

Tours only, 1pm to 4.30pm.

Appointment

Open for pre-booked visits for parties/groups of 25 and over on weekdays from April to end of September by prior arrangement.

Find Us
Find us

Main entrance is at ///punch.punt.palace. What does this mean?

Situated in the heart of England and convenient to the major motorways. 2m SW of Nuneaton. 1m W of A444.

Nuneaton 5 mins. Birmingham City Centre 30 mins. London 2 hrs. Coventry 20 mins.

Please enter via the Round Towers using CV10 7NF for SatNav (not the Hall postcode).
For more information see our website: www.arburyestate.co.uk or telephone 01676 540529.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Admission
Admission

Admission free for Historic Houses members.

Adults (Hall & Gardens) £10.00
Child £5.50
Family (2+2) £25.00

Adults (Gardens Only) £6.50
Child £5.00

Free Parking, dogs on leads in gardens only.

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Guide dogs welcome
Group Visits
Group Visits

Open for pre-booked visits for parties/groups of 25 and over on weekdays from April to end of September by prior arrangement.

 

Other opening

Public Opening Days

Arbury Hall and Gardens are open to the public on the Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays from Easter to the end of August from 1pm.

2020 Season

Easter Bank Holiday – Sunday 12 & Monday 13 April

May Day Bank Holiday – CLOSED due to VE Day arrangements, please see below*

Spring Bank Holiday – Sunday 24 & Monday 25 May

August Bank Holiday – Sunday 30 & Monday 31 August

*Please note that due to May Day Bank Holiday Monday 4 May being moved to Friday 8 May to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, the Hall and Gardens will not be open for the May Day Bank Holiday 2020. We are open as normal for all other Bank Holiday weekends from Easter to end of August, see dates above.

Private Opening Days

Private group visits of the Hall and Gardens (Groups of 25+) weekdays by arrangement from beginning of April to end of September.

(Guided tour only of the Hall).

For prices and availability please contact the Events Secretary.

Bank Holiday Ticket Prices:
Hall and Gardens
Adults £10.00
Children £5.50
Family Ticket (2+2) £25.00

Gardens Only
Adults £6.50
Children £5.00

Dogs allowed on leads in gardens only.

Hall (Guided tours) opens 1.00 pm with the last tour at 4.30 pm

Gardens and Stable Tearooms open 1.00pm. and Gardens close 6.00pm.

 

Group visits and private tours

Arbury Hall and Gardens are open for the exclusive use of private groups (25+) or corporate events weekdays from April to September by prior arrangement with the Events Secretary.

Arbury Hall is a stunning Elizabethan mansion house whose internal rooms were part of the Gothic Revival architecture of the second half of the 18th century, surrounded by over 100 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and parkland.

Private tour guests can enjoy a guided tour of the Hall with the breathtaking splendour of the stunning fan vaulted ceilings, filigree tracery and plunging pendants. The sheer ambience of the historic rooms will ensure that any tour or corporate event will be remembered as a very special occasion. The Stable Tea Rooms are available for refreshments for exclusive use during private tours of the Hall. Tea Rooms must be booked at time of tour booking.

Arbury Hall is ideally located for clients seeking a venue close to the heart of England.


Arbury Hall's history and features

Arbury Hall, originally built on the ruins of a 12th century Augustinian Priory, now stands in the midst of beautiful 18th century landscaped gardens and surrounded by over 100 acres of lakes and parkland, and has been the home of the Newdegate family for over 400 years.

This beautiful  Elizabethan mansion house was transformed into the Gothic style by Sir Roger Newdigate during the second half of the 18th century. The exterior is entirely encased with stone and each aspect of the building presents a separate design of stunning architecture.

The elegant interior rooms feature spectacular displays of soaring fan vaulted ceilings with plunging pendants and filigree tracery, a breathtaking and complete example of early Gothic Revival architecture.

The Estate comprises not only the Hall, park and immediate surrounding farms, but includes a mixed portfolio of let residential properties including the majority of Astley village, and a commercial estate. The Estate also includes Astley Castle and Manor which adjoined the original Arbury Estate.

Read about the history of Arbury Hall's gardens here


Fun Facts

Mary Ann Evans, better known as George Eliot, was born in 1819 at South Farm on the Arbury Estate, where her father was for many years the agent.

Several of her novels have as their setting, the Warwickshire countryside that she had known in her youth, in particular the Scenes of Clerical Life, which were first published in 1857.

Cheveral Manor, which figures so prominently in this series of novels, is Arbury, and Sir Christopher Cheverel, its benevolent and cultivated owner, is Sir Roger Newdigate.  In Mr Gilfil's Love-Story George Eliot describes how Cheverel Manor was growing from ugliness into beauty at the hands of Sir Christopher and this story is derived entirely from Sir Roger Newdigate's transformation of Arbury from an Elizabethan house into a Gothick one in the second half of the eighteenth century, an operation which was still sufficiently alive in the minds of those who witnessed it.

George Eliot was writing in the middle of Queen Victoria's reign, when the protracted struggle between the Classical and the Gothick schools of architecture  "the Battle of the Styles"  was as good as won by the Gothick supporters. 

But the Victorian era is now sufficiently distant for its products to arouse interest and even admiration, and Arbury, as an outstanding example of the Gothick Revival style from which so much Victorian architecture stemmed, is a document of particular importance.