Capability Brown

Click on the pins on the map to uncover the stories behind some of Capability Brown's most famous landscapes.

2016 is the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, the landscape designer who shaped the way we picture the English countryside. The HHA represents 1/3 of all Brown's sites, this trail explores some of these. Discover Brown's birthplace, some of his most famous landscapes and his more rare architectural work on this commemorative trail.

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ASHRIDGE HOUSE - Hertfordshire
Picture of Ashridge
A jewel in the "picturesque style"
Ashridge is one of the most beautiful and historically significant gardens in England. A jewel of the late 18th Century/ early 19th Century picturesque style, it survives intact and little altered. The site is registered Grade II* listed.
Picture of Euston Hall
Landscapes containing weirs, pools and rivers
Brown's work has been recently restored on this important site.
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ALNWICK CASTLE - Northumberland
Picture of Alnwick Castle
Transformation of the landscape
The landscape to the north of the Castle, viewable from the Gun Terrace or the State Rooms, was completely remodelled by Capability Brown.
KIRKHARLE - Tyne & Wear
Picture of Kirharle
Visit Brown's birthplace
Brown lived and worked on this estate until the age of 24...
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BELVOIR CASTLE - Leicestershire
Picture of Belvoir Castle
The magic of the Belvoir!
The magic of the Belvoir Estate is undeniable and it certainly lives up to the French translation of its name ‘beautiful view’. Helping to frame that view are Belvoir Castle’s stunning gardens.
BURGHLEY HOUSE - Lincolnshire
Picture of Burghley House
England’s greatest Elizabethan house with both architecture and garden by Brown
Brown largely designed the parkland and gardens of Burghley House during the 18th-century...
CHATSWORTH - Derbyshire
Picture of Chatsworth
Farmland to parkland
It took 25,000 man and horse days to create Brown's vision for the landscape, costing over £40,000.
Picture of Grimsthorpe Castle
A park originally part of the great Lincolnshire forest
Designed by Brown in 1771
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Picture of Blenheim Palace
One of Capability Brown’s finest examples of his work
One of Capability Brown’s finest examples of his work, the project to transform the Parkland at Blenheim Palace was commissioned by the 4th Duke of Marlborough in 1763.
Picture of Cadland House
Special openings in 2016
The current Cadland House is set within beautiful grounds laid out by Capability Brown c.1775.
Picture of Highclere Castle
1,000 acres of Brown parkland
Designed for the 1st Earl of Carnarvon in 1771.
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BOWOOD HOUSE - Wiltshire
Picture of Bowood House
One of the finest examples of Capability Brown’s work in the country
The Park at Bowood is deemed to be one of the finest examples of Capability Brown’s work in the country and the Bowood landscape has an exceptionally interesting history.
Picture of Highcliffe Castle
One of only two Capability Brown seaside sites
Visit Brown's famous bathing box, believed to be the only one he designed...
Picture of Longleat House
Set within 900 acres of stunning Capability Brown landscaped parkland
Brown worked here between 1757 and 1762.
Picture of Milton Abbey School
500 acre landscape designed by Brown
Brown's work here began in 1763 and continued up to his death in 1783...
Picture of Sherborne Castle
Cascades, lakes and lawns.
The 6th Lord Digby contacted Brown and gave him his first independent commission in the West Country...
Picture of Ugbrooke Park
Brown landscape in a tranquil Devon valley
With beautiful views over distant Dartmoor...
Yorkshire and The Humber Back to top
Picture of Burton Constable Hall
From fishponds to lakes
A magnificent Elizabethan mansion surrounded by a park landscaped by Brown between 1772-82.
Picture of Harewood House
Brown at one of Yorkshire’s best known country houses
Boasting 1000 acres of landscape.
Picture of Scampston Hall
One of the finest parks in Yorkshire
Designed by Capability Brown in 1782...
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CHILLINGTON HALL - Staffordshire
Picture of Chillington Hall
Magnificent pool in a landscape of follies
In the 1760’s the grounds were landscaped by Capability Brown...
COMPTON VERNEY - Warwickshire
Picture of Compton Verney
A garden, chapel and ice-house by Brown
In 1769 Capability Brown was employed to lay the grounds at Compton Verney...
RAGLEY HALL - Warwickshire
Picture of Ragley Hall
170 acres of parkland
Although the landscape was designed by Capability Brown during the 18th century, little is known about the gardens prior to 1873.
WESTON PARK - Shropshire
Picture of Weston Park
1,000 acres of natural beauty with three centuries of garden design
With plenty of Brown-related events for 2016...
North West Back to top
KNOWSLEY HALL - Merseyside
Picture of Knowsley Hall
Flooding of the lake
Created by Capability Brown around 1775-6.
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SYON HOUSE - Middlesex
Picture of Syon House
600 years of continuous garden history.
Capability Brown didn’t enter the picture until 1753...