Audley End

Saffron Walden, Essex

Audley End is one of the most culturally important estates in the UK - once one of the grandest houses in England and set in one of the most beautiful valleys in the Essex countryside. The natural amphitheatre (to the rear of the house) is surrounded by stunning rolling hills, providing a perfect setting for Heritage Live’s summer concerts - nestling between the Concorde Temple at the top of the hill and the beautiful house and gardens below.

The site famously lies on mystic Ley Lines and was originally the home of a Benedictine Abbey, built in 1139. Walden Abbey was suppressed by Henry VIII during the Reformation and in 1538 granted to Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor and former Speaker of the House of Commons.

Upon Audley’s death, ownership of the Estate fell to the Howards and in 1614, Thomas Howard (1st Earl of Suffolk and Lord Treasurer to King James I), rebuilt the house created by his grandfather on the scale of a Royal Palace. It was so grand that 50 years later, King Charles II, bought it as a ready-made Palace - its location making it perfect for his love of the Newmarket races. But the Howards bought Audley End back in 1701, and gradually reduced it to a more manageable size. The celebrity architect Robert Adam modernised the house in the 1760s for Field Marshall Sir John Griffin Griffin, whilst at the same time, Sir John commissioned ‘Capability’ Brown to sweep away the remains of the formal landscape, to instead create one of England’s finest and most famous flower gardens. The house and grounds are maintained and cared for by English Heritage.

Audley End

Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4JF

GETTING HERE

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CAR

Access to the Audley End concert site via road on concert days will be very busy - we recommend setting off early and being prepared to wait for parking. Leaving the site will also take a considerable time due to the limited road infrastructure surrounding the estate. We request that customers please be patient and respectful to our staff and neighbours when leaving the venue.

There is plenty of car parking space in the grounds of Audley End for the Heritage Live concerts but we do advise purchasing a parking ticket in advance - whilst purchasing your concert tickets you will be offered the option to also purchase a parking ticket (priced at £5 per car) to give you fast-track entry into the car-parks upon arrival. It will also be possible to purchase a car park ticket (cash only) on the evening of your chosen concert.

1 mile west of Saffron Walden on B1383 (M11 exit 8 or 10)
Sat Nav Postcode: CB11 4JF

TAXI

  • Audley End Taxi Rank | 01799542001
  • Audley End Station Taxi Cab | 01799668166
  • Audley End Chauffeurs & Taxi Services | 01799543311
  • Safe Cars Premier Taxi & Chauffeur Services | 01799522226
  • Saffron Walden Wheel Chair Taxi | 01799543311
  • Saffron Walden Chauffeurs | 01799500548
  • Saffron Walden Taxis | 017799541621

BUS

Stephensons 6, 59 & 313
C.J. Myall service 101 (132 Sun only)
TGM 301
Viceroy 34, 59, 590

Please note: All pass within 1⁄4 mile of entrance

TRAIN

Audley End railway station is 1.3 miles from the concert site and takes 5-10 minutes in a taxi.

Please Note: Footpath is beside a busy main road

BICYCLE

Find this location on The National Cycle Network

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW

Small picnics permitted. Alcohol must be purchased on site. Deck chairs will be available to hire for the evening at £7 each. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Covid-19 guidance and regulations with regards to social distancing will apply. There is plenty of car parking available at Audley End, which is charged at £5 per car, but please allow plenty of time for your journey to and from the venue as the local road infrastructure is very limited and there are likely to be some delays.

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