Winter exhibition at Anglesey Abbey to coincide with new opening

Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey - Credit: Archant

One of the National Trust’s most well known tourist attractions is to open its doors all year round.

The property, based near Lode, is the former home of the first Lord Fairhaven and its gardens are a popular tourist attraction.

The house welcomes about 400,000 visitors each year and until this year would have closed from the end of October through to March.

House and collections manager, Kate Reeder, said: “We are really excited about moving to year-round opening as it will give more of our visitors the chance to see the house and Lord Fairhaven’s amazing collection of antiques, paintings, silverware and clocks, which is exactly what he wanted when he bequeathed Anglesey Abbey to the National Trust.”

The extended opening of the house will coincide with a new exhibition called Winter 1964 – A gentleman’s way of life. Drawn from verbal archives and written records, the exhibition will focus on preparations for the festive season and Lord Fairhaven’s interest in shooting, one of his main winter pastimes. Much of the exhibition will focus on the work undertaken behind the scenes by his domestic staff and game keepers, looking after guests for his weekly shooting parties.

Winter 1964 – A gentleman’s way of life is open daily from 11am – 4pm (last admission 3pm) until January 28.


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* The Anglesey Abbey estate was bequeathed to the National Trust by Lord Fairhaven upon his death in 1966.

* Anglesey Abbey is one of Cambridgeshire’s leading tourist destinations, welcoming around 400,000 visitors each year.