Anglesey Abbey, Cambridge

Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
  • Address: Quy Rd, Lode, Cambridge CB25 9EJ, United Kingdom
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +44-1223810080
  • Ticket Price: 10 GBP
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Garden, Historical Site, Tourist Center, Architecture
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About Anglesey Abbey, Cambridge

Lay back and relax, as sun rays wink out at you from behind clouds and the spaces between your toes get filled with grass. Anglesey Abbey, once a home for the devout, is a sprawling green dream, peppered with colourful wildflowers what encircle a supremely scenic mansion. This is countryside comfort at its best and lucky you gets a chance to revel in it!

The building was originally a priory for a group of Augustinian canons during the 12th century and over the centuries, it slowly became run down. In 1926, the land was purchased by Huttleston Broughton and his brother, and they soon began renovations upon the house. The dynamic duo also began to collect antique furniture, pieces of art and statuary. Soon, creative work began upon the gardens, transforming it from a sea of unkempt weeds to an impressive and highly aesthetically pleasing lawn. Upon his death, Broughton, who had later become Lord Fairhaven, bequeathed the abbey to the National Trust.

Today, the site has become one of the most popular in Cambridge with tourists from all over the world visiting the pretty little abbey. You can see a real life working mill, the opulent interiors of the mansion where the Lord entertained his guests, an interesting mini-museum based on the Second World War and, of course, the gardens. Perfect for picnicking and lounging about, there are over 50 species of plant life native to Cambridge, like the Bee Orchid and the Twayblade.

During the winter, there’s a Silver Birch Grove that looks like it’s out of a fairy tale and blooming snowdrops that sprinkle the grassy ground. Hyacinths, dahlias and roses burst forth with vibrant colours during spring. Sweet scents mingle with soothing sights and you’ll sigh as you sink into the soft seat Mother Nature provides. After a long day of walking around Cambridge, this will be quite a treat! Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Cambridge itinerary 1 day.

Anglesey Abbey Information

  • A limited number of people are allowed in the house so you’ll have to plan out what time to go at.
  • Electric scooters available to borrow for those with limited mobility.
  • Best on crisp cold winter/spring/autumn days.

Anglesey Abbey Ticket Prices

  • For Children: £5.60/ Family: £28.10
  • Gardens only: Adult: £6.60/ Child: £3.50. 

Anglesey Abbey Opening and Closing Hours

  • The house is shut on Monday and the mills on Monday and Tuesday.

How To reach Anglesey Abbey by Public Transport

  • By Train: Cambridge and Newmarket- 6 miles
  • By Road: On B1102. Signposted from A14, junction 35. Please note that our postcode may not be accepted by some older models of Sat Nav. If you are unsure, it might be safer to enter ‘Lode’ into the Sat Nav, rather than CB25 9EJ
  • On Foot: Harcamlow Way from Cambridge
  • By Bus: The No 10 service between Cambridge and Newmarket passes Anglesey Abbey. The service runs hourly Monday to Saturday. Alight at the crossroads in Lode.

Restaurants Near Anglesey Abbey

  • The Black Horse Inn (British)
  • The White Swan (Contemporary)
  • The Missing Sock (International)
  • The Quy Mill Country Inn (European)

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Anglesey Abbey, Cambridge Reviews

  • Loved walking round here looking at all the variety of snow drops. Took lots of photos and enjoyed the walks with the kids. Great little wild adventure area that they are looking to increase. The abbey is great to walk around and the volunteers very informative. Cafe gets very busy very quickly which is not good so would suggest taking food with you.

  • This is a great house, mill and gardens. As it's mid February a lot of the gardens are roped off due to wet ground. It's a great place to bring the children. The house has a great history behind it and is on multiple levels with plenty of rooms. The Mill is a working mill. Go and see them make flour and even buy some. Most National Trust shops are all the same, here it's twice the size and out the back is a great little garden centre for plants from around the estate.

  • A beautiful house with an interesting history, a lot of paintings, silverware and furniture on show. You can get close to most things so you can see the intricate details which adds to the experience. The vaulted dining room, gallery and library are must see rooms and interesting to see the early bathrooms. The garden is lovely any time of the year even in winter as many plants were chosen with interesting barks, stem structures etc. so best to see in winter. Around the garden walk there is a working water driven flour mill and there are demonstrations at certain times. There are two sets of narrow and steep stairs to get to the top so it may be difficult with kids under 3, large backpacks or anyone with mobility issues. Friendly staff and good parking. As with any national trust, the food is good but restaurant is busy at lunch time especially in school holidays so go early or be happy to queue. Definitely worth a visit.

  • Really loved it here. The mill was really good fun! The staff there were really brilliant. They let me and my son stand around the back of the counters so he could see the milling demonstration. They also gave my daughter a special mill badge. This really made her day šŸ˜ It's great climbing up the different levels. There are information boards and fun mill machines for children to have a go with. The winter garden is really great ~ some gardens state they are all year gardens but this really is. What great smells and colours in winter. The snowdrops were very plentiful. The house was great fun. Again the guides were really welcoming and friendly. Took the time to show my children all the animals really made their visit a happy one. Did not know there were so many animals to spot ~ over 6,000! Would highly recommend a visit here.

  • We visited here late January and were delighted to find loads of snowdrops and even some small daffodils. The walks are lovely with a good proportion of all weather footpaths in the woodland. There's plenty of areas for children to run and explore plus discover nature, use hides and build dens. The "abbey" is a relatively small home that was occupied in recent history and which we found interesting. We will definitely return to explore the gardens in the summer

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