This property is free for HHA Friends
Gorhambury House was commissioned by James Grimston, the 3rd Viscount Grimston and constructed in the years 1777-84 by Sir Robert Taylor. The house is Grade II* Listed and is built in a neo-Palladian style. It is one of the largest houses completed by the architect who is known for his work on The Bank of England and smaller villas surrounding the City of London. The spiral cantilevered staircase and double height hall are features of his work. It was built following the falling into disrepair of Old Gorhambury and many of the same bricks were used. Further extensions were made to Gorhambury in 19th century. House tours are conducted by experienced guides through the main rooms in the neo-Palladian section of the house. The collection is historic and academic comprising: Bacon and Grimston family portraits; a gallery of the great; two Piranesi fireplaces and other articles collected from the Grand Tour. Further highlights include 17th century painted glass windows, commissioned by Francis Bacon and salvaged from Old Gorhambury and the earliest English pile carpet. The house has been lived in by the Grimston family since its construction. Viscount and Viscountess Grimston live at Gorhambury with their young family
This property offers free access to HHA Friends and Members during normal opening hours.
2m W of St Albans, off A4147.
For SatNav please enter AL3 6AE for directions to unlocked gate to estate.
Visitor Opening Times
2016: May–September: Thursdays, 2–5pm (last entry 4pm). Closed 19 May.
2017: we regret that impending refurbishment works may mean we are unable to offer access to Friends in 2017. Please check Gorhambury's website or call Gorhambury for the latest updates.
Tours are conducted on Thursday afternoons from May to September, 2pm-5pm. Last admission for the tour is 4pm. All tours are accompanied and no unaccompanied viewings will be permitted.
Gardens not open to the public.
Due to the style and nature of the house, there is no disabled access.
Please note that these opening times are correct to the best of the HHA’s knowledge, as advised by the property. Opening times may change and a property may very occasionally need to close at short notice. We therefore recommend you check with the property before your visit, by phone or on the property’s website, especially if your journey is likely to be a long one.
Groups and special visits
Private Groups Tours may be arranged at the owners' discretion throughout the year.
Tailor Made Facilities
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