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Ickworth House

Ickworth House Review

The creation of the eccentric Frederick Hervey, fourth earl of Bristol and bishop of Derry, this unusual 18th-century home was owned by the Hervey family until the 1960s. Inspired by his travels, Hervey wanted an Italianate palace and gardens. Today the two wings around a striking central rotunda contain a hotel (east wing) and paintings by William Hogarth, Titian, and Gainsborough (west wing). Behind the house, the rose gardens and vineyards spread out to reach 1,800 acres of woods. A stroll over the hills gives the best vistas of the house, which is 7 miles southwest of Bury St. Edmunds.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Off A143, Horringer, IP29 5QE | Map It
  • Phone: 01284/735270
  • Cost: £12.60; gardens and park only £5.40
  • Hours: House mid-Mar.–Oct., Thurs. noon–3, Fri.–Tues. 11–5; Nov.–mid-Dec., weekends 11–4. West Wing daily 10:30–5; Gardens daily 9–5:30. Park daily 8–8.
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  • Location: Bury St. Edmunds
Updated: 05-30-2014

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