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.


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

Find Us
Find us

30 miles north of London, 5 miles south of Hitchin, on B651, near Whitwell village.

By public transport, take the train to Hitchin, then 304 bus towards St Albans. Or train to St Albans then 304 bus towards Hitchin. Alight at Whitwell or St Paul's Walden.


Car park on site

  • Free

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

Groups may visit by appointment. 

Please email us on stpaulswalden@gmail.com.

A word from the owner

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.
The Bowes Lyon Family

Fun Facts
  • The childhood home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
  • Mary Eleanor Bowes who married John Lyon Earl of Strathmore had a notorious career which inspired Thackeray's novel "Barry Lyndon". She unwisely wrote a book "My Confessions". 


You can have exclusive hire of the celebrated gardens at St Paul’s Walden Bury, Grade I listed. Guests can enjoy the long vistas and serene surroundings, the classical temples and statues, the lake and ornamental ponds. You would be free to arrange your own marquee, caterers etc.

We also have a licence for Civil Ceremonies in the house or in one of the temples in the garden. This is available with or without a marquee reception.


  • Guest parking
  • Accessible parking

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

St Paul's Walden Bury is an ideal venue for an away day. In the house four large reception rooms can be used: Green Drawing Room, Red Drawing Room, Billiard room with full size table, dining room, toilets and changing room.

The garden and parkland can be used for fairground type entertainment as well as providing space for marquees.


  • Dinner
  • Plentiful parking
  • Lunch
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Refreshments
  • Breakfast

School Visits

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