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National Trust Ickworth

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A grand place for a truly entertaining day out.

An Italianate Palace in the heart of an ancient deer park. Formal gardens, pleasure grounds, rolling Suffolk landscape and woodlands invite gentle strolls or long walks, runs, bike rides and picnics. The Italianate Garden mirrors the architecture of the house, whilst also encasing an idiosyncratic Victorian stumpery, contrasting light and shade.

The impressive Rotunda, a magnificent showcase commissioned by the 4th Earl of Bristol, is home to one of the finest silver collections in Europe, family portraits by Gainsborough and Reynolds, works by Titian and Velázquez, and Neoclassical sculpture including Flaxman’s ‘Fury of Athamus’.  Below stairs, the Servants’ Quarters recreate domestic service through the stories and memories of those who lived here.

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.

An exciting programme of events take place each year with family friendly activities such as children's crafts, bush craft workshops and an outdoor cinema weekend, to our ever-popular Wood & Craft Fair in October, regular family events and Living History days celebrating the stories of those who lived and worked on the estate.