Audley End House & Gardens

Around 1605, Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk, took an earlier house created by his grandfather Lord Audley on the site of Walden Abbey, and rebuilt Audley End on the scale of a royal palace. It was one of the greatest and most ambitious houses of the early 17th-century England being the scale of a royal palace and intended to accommodate royal visitors – James I visited twice in 1614.  It was later transformed by Robert Adam in the 1760s, while Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown remodelled the grounds, to create one of England’s finest landscape gardens.