Ashridge’s stunning Grade I-listed mansion is to open its doors to the public for the second consecutive year this Easter.
The 19th century Ashridge House, home to Ashridge Business School, will once again welcome tourists for guided walks around the neo-gothic building and pristine gardens, following the success of the initiative last year.
A spokesman for the estate said: “Last Easter and Summer the tours proved more popular than ever, attracting unprecedented numbers to view the historic House and Gardens.
“Visitors will be able to learn about a history that stretches back more than 700 years that takes in tales of the Crusades, a monastery and then as a home for King Henry VIII’s three children.
“There is the fascinating story of its emergence as an ancestral home of the Bridgewater and Brownlow families and then to that of a business school – and also as a hospital during both World Wars.
“There is also the opportunity to marvel at the ornate interior of the main public rooms which reflect its historic past.”
House tours take place from Tuesday, April 22, until the following Friday, starting at 2pm each day and lasting around 90 minutes.
Guided tours of the famous Humphry Repton-designed gardens are also available on Tuesdays and Thursday, April 22 and 24, lasting one hour from 4pm.