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Elizabethan prodigy house. Royal Palace. Garden of delights.

Once Elizabethan England’s largest and most glittering house, Holdenby subsequently became the Palace and then the prison of Charles 1. Today the house incorporates a wing of the old Palace and is surrounded by stunning Grade 1 gardens, which have been replanted by Rosemary Verey and Rupert Golby. The gardens are open every Sunday April-September and the House is open by appointment to groups and on Event days, specified on our website. Holdenby is also a magnificent and widely loved venue for weddings, events and corporate functions. Its Heritage Education Programme has won more awards than any other house in the country and it has appeared many times on TV, most recently as Satis House In the BBC’s “Great Expectations“. “Icarus”, Holdenby’s on-site Falconry centre has an impressive collection of birds ...


Holdenby Homes and Gardens Fair - 1st May - 3rd May 2020

Holdenby Homes & Garden Fair is based around the popular and successful Holdenby Hardy Plant Fair. With local specialist nurseries offering not only the best of ...


Byrd's Psalms, Sonnets - 30th May 2020

Event Timings TBC The Builder of Holdenby, Sir Christopher Hatton, commissioned this work from William Byrd in 1580. For the first time since then it will ...

Contact & Opening Times


General Enquiries: 01604 770074

Gardens Open with Tearoom: Sundays, Bank Holiday Monday's and Wednesday's from Sunday April 7th to the end of September 2019 from 11-5pm (Wednesday; 2-5pm)

House Open: Easter Monday and other dates to be notified. Open for groups by appointment.

Wedding Enquiries: 01604 770 074 or email:

Corporate, Events & Film Enquiries: 01604 770 074 or email

Schools Enquiries: 01604 770 786 or email

  • Child friendly
  • Free parking
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Meeting / conference space
  • Pet friendly
  • Tea & cake
  • Tea & coffee
  • Couples
  • The whole family
  • Young children
  • Teenagers
  • Dog friendly
  • Group tours
  • Coach parking
  • Wheelchair access

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