We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Great day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Ashridge Estate

Ashridge Estate
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Berkhamsted
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: The Ashridge Estate consists of 5,000 acres of woodland, chalk downlands and meadows. You can walk for miles and see a variety of wildlife such as Fallow deer and Muntjacs as well as the more common, foxes, badgers, squirrels etc. We have a well-stocked shop at our visitor centre, as well as toilets and a non-NT cafe, which serves hot meals all day long. If you need help when you arrive you will find a helpful volunteer on the reception desk who can point you in the right direction.
Level Contributor
111 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

Wife & I went to see the bluebells,in April and were not disappointed.We had volunteer guide,donation appreciated and had lovely stroll through the woods,with an interesting commentary.The paths are suitable for mobility scooters.Afterwards visited the cafe,which has a good choice of snacks meals & pastries. The seating is outdoors and dogs are catered for,with water & dog treats,dogs to be kept on a lead.Lovely views of the countryside and Ivanhoe hills.I did not climb the 172 steps,on the Bridgewater Monument,which is situated in the grounds.Worth a visit any time of the year.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Nick A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

415 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“company conference”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

we held our company conference here and it was great
impeccable service and surroundings
the house and ground are breathtaking
you definitely get what you pay for here
highly recomended

Visited June 2014
Thank Rob S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
4 reviews
“Lovely countryside”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Lovely place to walk. Beautiful wild flowers everywhere. Look out for the deers roaming around the estate

Visited June 2013
Thank Berkhamsted1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Picturesque and caters for the infirm”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

This is a great place to visit as I do often being fairly local. The main attractions are the gentle walks through oak forests (such a nice change from all that pine) and the wonderful views out over Aldbury and the Chilterns. A big plus if you have someone infirm in your party is the availability of mobility scooters for hire from the NT for free (please remember to donate!) At busy times its advisable to phone to book in advance.
The cafe serves up great home cooked food including super cakes and pastries and it is great value too.
As expected the area does get busy on the weekend especially in summer.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Lozza99
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
St Neots, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
104 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Lovely spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2014

We've visited here twice and both times it has been a thoroughly enjoyable day out.

There are a number of walks in and around the estate, with maps of the routes available in the visitor centre. Both times we've visited we've done the 10 kilometre/6 mile walk to Ivinghoe Beacon and back. It's a lovely walk through woodland that then opens out to some stunning views over the Chiltern countryside. The view at the top Ivinghoe Beacon more than worth the steep climb up to it - take a picnic and enjoy it for a while.

There is also the Bridgewater Monument to visit, near the visitor centre. The views are good, in fact you can just about make out Canary Wharf on the horizon. The climb up and down is cramped and steep, mind. Probably best to leave the kids and elderly on the safety of the ground!

Parking is also free, even for non-National Trust members.

Highly recommended.

Visited May 2014
Thank JoshAFC
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Ashridge Estate also viewed

Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire
Hatfield, Hertfordshire

Been to Ashridge Estate? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing