Ickworth House, Bury St Edmunds
A National Trust treasure, you can visit the grounds and the house.
A Georgian Italinate palace in an idyllic English landscape. A grand place for a truly entertaining day out.
Ickworth’s impressive Rotunda – a magnificent showcase commissioned 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 craftsmanship of the finest Hugenot 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.