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I spent an entire day in Bedfordshire, and my local guide made sure that my time was well spent... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2018
Bryan, Texas
Fascinating ruin, well worth a visit

This 17th Century ruin is a hidden gem... off the beaten track but well worth visiting. It's free... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2018
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Bedford Road | B530 north of Ampthill, Ampthill MK45 2EZ, England
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All reviews english heritage well worth a visit hunting lodge inigo jones small car park stately home short walk hundred yards road leading children loved exploring views over the surrounding countryside amazing views many times ruins architecture century imagination
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Reviewed 26 September 2018

I spent an entire day in Bedfordshire, and my local guide made sure that my time was well spent. After visiting Ampthill Park, we drove a short way to Houghton House, the building of which commenced in the early 1600s. Shortly after completion of this...More

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Reviewed 23 August 2018

This 17th Century ruin is a hidden gem... off the beaten track but well worth visiting. It's free, take along a picnic and enjoy the stunning views over the Bedfordshire countryside. The children loved exploring and playing hide and seek here and I thoroughly enjoyed...More

2  Thank PippaHerts
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

A 17th century ruin which is approached via a long track. Car parking is available approximately 800 metres from the house which is advised as cars are not allowed beyond that point. The house is free to look around and whilst there is not much...More

1  Thank shane s
Reviewed 26 July 2018

Amazing views over Bedfordshire country side, full of history. Lovely for a relaxing walk and to admire the old house.

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Reviewed 14 July 2018

Hard to find but if in the area worth a visit. Sits down the end of a little track. Park up in small car park and then a walk. It's a ruin but I it's time must have been stunning, pity not completely rebuilt. Views...More

1  Thank Pauline V
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

Not much to say. Just nice place to visit if you are around. Especially at sunset. Lovely view from the hill. Be aware they close the gate at 6pm

1  Thank Przemysław M
Reviewed 18 June 2018

Not much left of this house ,which is allegedly the house beautiful from pilgrims progress . With a bit of imagination you could see what it was like. But lovely for a quiet summer's picnic away from it all

Thank Sharon T
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Passed this so many times as I live about 7 miles away.. a dramatic ruin of what must have been an amazing house. Breathtaking view. Small car park and short walk to ruins. Free to wander around

Thank Natasha W
Reviewed 18 April 2018

Considering the fact that a visit to Houghton House is free of charge, it is well worth a look. The house is entirely in ruins but the remains are extensive and give a good idea of what the original house would have looked like. This,...More

2  Thank Paul R
Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

The ruins of a former hunting lodge which was built in 17th century for Countess of Pembroke. Some features by Inigo Jones. Parking about 500m away then walk up. Well signposted & interesting signs. Maintained by English Heritage. No entry fee. Pleasant views

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Response from Lavish O | Reviewed this property |
I saw two people with dogs at the house when we were there. The property adjacent does also have dogs, and they were pretty friendly.