11am-4pm, weekends only
6 Jan – 18 Mar
21 Mar – 4 Nov 2018
12pm-4pm, Wed-Fri (inc Bachelors’ Wing)
21 Mar – 28 Oct 2018
A new ticketing system is on its way soon
We are changing over to a new booking system and are unable to take telephone or online bookings at present. We hope to reinstate all booking services by the end of the week. We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
National Trust, Art Fund or RHS members wanting to book a free timed house visit ticket may do so here >
The elephant automaton was one of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild’s most admired treasures. It was mentioned in a local newspaper report of 1889 describing the visit of the Shah of Persia, who asked to see the mechanism perform again and again.