Ickworth's impressive Rotunda - a magnificent showcase commmissioned by the 4th Earl of Bristol to house his priceless treasures collected on tours around Europe in the 18th-century - is an architectural marvel. For 200 years, the eccentric, and sometimes infamous, Hervey family added to the treasures inside and out, also creating the earliest Italianate garden in England. The exquisite craftmanship of the finest Huguenot silversmiths is breathtaking, and you can follow the family's history through outstanding portraits by Gainsborough, Hogarth and Reynolds.
After walking in the tranquil parkland, experience 1930s domestic service in the restored servants' basement, sharing the real stories and memories of former staff who kept this country estate running.
Ickworth offers a delicious selection of food throughout the year. Whether you're coming just for a meal, or to make a whole day out our West Wing, Squash Court Cafe and Porter’s Lodge Café offer a mouth watering choice of hot food, snacks and a great cup of coffee. After a busy day enjoying our special place, make sure you find that special gift or memento of your visit. Browse our West Wing Gift Shop and Plant & Garden Shop, located in the Park, for seasonal and inspirational gifts.
■ Discover the extraordinary life of the 4th Earl of Bristol, the Ickworth visionary who built Ickworth House, a man loved and loathed in equal measure, the vagabond star in his own words.
■ Enjoy days out from a great line-up of events throughout the year for all your family and friends.
■ Step back in time, open the drawers, and bang out a tune on the piano in our restored basement.
■ Enjoy special Living History days, Conservation in Action days and Cooks in the Kitchen days throughout the year in the Rotunda House.
■ Discover the enchanting stumpery in the Italianate garden.
■ Wander at leisure across acres of parkland pleasure grounds and chart the changing seasonal landscape.
■ Picnic anywhere you like, but our walled garden and seasonal meadow are especially magical.
■ Have fun with our children's packs providing hours of entertainment every day of the year.