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Ickworth House, Park and Garden

Experience the Italianate wonders of the house and gardens at Ickworth and enjoy the beautiful park and woodlands.

The house consists of an immense oval 'Rotunda' with two large wings joined by curving corridors. This ambitious design started in 1795, was the inspiration of the 'ecccentric' 4th Earl of Bristol, also Bishop of Derry, who intended to display his magnificent European art collections in the house.

Today, visitors can see fine furniture, the largest private collection of Georgian silver and paintings by Titian and Velasquez. The house also contains an unrivalled series of 18th century family portraits by artists such as Gainsborough and Reynolds.

The unusual Italian garden to the south of the house includes many evergreen species, the Orangery, hidden glades and a temple rose garden.

The Terrace Walk gives impressive views over the surrounding park, which includes the eight mile 'Grand Tour', by tranquil lakes and stunning ancient woodland. The Albana Walk, to the west of the house, was created in the early nineteenth century for easy, pleasurable exercise. The path circles Round Hill, an enclosure for Red and Fallow deer with a deer hide, and passes exotic woodland trees and two summer houses.

Facilities include the National Trust Restaurant and Shop, a Kiosk for snacks, adventure playground, picnic area and waymarked trails.

The House viewed from the South

Pompeian Room
The Pompeian Room

View from the South showing the summer house

Ickworth House, Park and Gardens is in the village of Horringer, on the A143, 2 miles south of Bury St Edmunds and is signposted from the A14.

For further information, please telephone 01284 735270