Elton Hall stands in the midst of unspoilt landscaped parkland, on a site where a house has been since the Norman Conquest. Sir Peter Proby, was granted land and property at Elton by Queen Elizabeth I and successive generations have built and enlarged on it to create the house you see today. The house has a fascinating mixture of styles. Every room contains treasures - magnificent furniture and fine paintings from the early 15th century, to works by Alma Tadema and Millais. Great British artists are well represented by Gainsborough, Constable and Reynolds. The library is one of the finest in private hands and includes Henry VIII's Prayer Book, in which you can see the writing of the Tudor king and his three children. The stunning gardens have been restored over the last 35 years and include a flower garden, with magnificent herbaceous borders, a knot garden, sunken garden and a modern Gothic orangery built to celebrate the millennium.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Note that public opening times are subject to change: please refer to Elton Hall's website.
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About the area
To the west of East Anglia is Cambridgeshire, a county best known as the home to the university that makes up the second half of ‘Oxbridge’ (the other half is Oxford). As well as its globally renowned educational credentials, it also has a rich natural history; much of its area is made up of reclaimed or untouched fens. These are low-lying areas which are marshy and prone to flooding. The lowest point in the UK is at Holme Fen, which is some 9 feet (2.75 metres) below sea level. Some of the fens had been drained before, but it was in the 19th and 20th centuries that wide-spread, successful drainage took place, expanding the amount of arable and inhabitable land available.
Ely Cathedral was built on an island among the swampy fens, but now sits among acres of productive farmland, albeit farmland criss-crossed by miles of flood-preventing watercourses. Oliver Cromwell was born in Ely, and his family home can still be visited. Cambridge itself is a beautiful and historic city, with any number of impressive old buildings, churches and colleges, and plenty of chances to mess about on the River Cam which gave the city its name.
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