Park Closed to the public Until Good Friday 2017.
For private bookings and venue hire please call
GROUNDS OPENING TIMES
Only Assistance dogs are allowed
The house is open by guided tour only.
Tours last Aprox. an hour and run throughout the day,
At 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm
Tour times may vary when we have group bookings
last admission to grounds is 4pm
please check directions before setting off as some sat navs will take you to the wrong location
With humble beginnings as a Cistercian monastic house in 1154, Stoneleigh Abbey was converted at the Dissolution into a comfortable family home. One of the seats of the Leigh family, Stoneleigh has played host to several people of note, including King Charles I, Queen Victoria, and novelist Jane Austen.
The fine Grade 1 listed English mansion is comprised of two halves; the first, made of red sandstone, is a fine example of a Jacobean country house. The second, the West Wing, was designed by famous architect Francis Smith of Warwick in the Baroque style. Visitors to the Abbey can learn more of the house's history through a guided tour of the West Wing.
The Orangery, located near the River Avon, was constructed in 1851 to compliment the house. The structure would have been used to house exotic plants from the far reaches of the empire, and to grow fruits out of season for the family to enjoy year round.
The Orangery now welcomes guests as the Abbey's tea room, serving teas, coffees, cakes, and sandwiches.
Open until 4pm Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week.
It runs a table service and booking is advised.
In 1809, Humphry Repton, the most respected landscape gardener of his time, was invited to Stoneleigh Abbey by Reverend Thomas Leigh to advise him on updating the abbey landscape. Repton created one of his ‘Red Books’, a collection of watercolour images of the house and grounds as they existed with overlays to suggest alterations to the estate. While not all of his suggestions were implemented, the result is a stunning natural landscape with superb views. New for 2016: visitors can enjoy the new cordelia Leigh Bridge and walks along the Gazebo island.