Bridgewater Monument, Visitor Centre and Ashridge Estate

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The monument sits on top of the Chilterns Plateau and is a great focal point for discovering the Ashridge Estate. The monument was built in 1832 to commemorate the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater , a pioneer of 19th century canal building.

Set within 2,000 hectares of atmospheric mature woodland with lots of waymarked trails to explore owned by National Trust. There is a programme of walks and activity days. There is a visitor centre, shop, cafe and car parking. Climb the hill from Aldbury & turn left onto the B4506 towards Ringshall. The centre is on your left.

The Visitor Centre is open mid February to mid December 10am-5pm or dusk if earlier. The cafe is open all year (except 25 & 26 December) 8am-4pm (8am-6pm April to October). The Bridgewater Monument is open weekends and Bank Holidays April to October 2-4.30pm (weather permitting).

Click below for a series of useful National Trust guides relating to the Ashridge Estate:

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