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1620s House at Donington le Heath

1620s House at Donington le Heath


Manor Road,
Donington Le Heath,
LE67 2FW


Step back in time to explore this early 17th century house and its gardens and see how people lived 400 years ago.

This rare and beautiful house is a surviving example of a family home built in the 13th century and then modernised in 1618. The house has been home to many families over its 700 year history, but the Digby family, which included the Gunpowder plotter Sir Everard Digby, lived in the house for over two hundred years. It is towards the end of the Digby ownership that the newly refurbished house is focused, showing how people lived in late Elizabethan and early Jacobean times.

Visitors can now see restored rooms and displays, as well as talk to our volunteers about the history of the house, the families that lived here and about life in the 1620s. The house is set in beautiful 17th century style gardens with labelled plants and flowers, an orchard, herb gardens and a maze.

Visitors can also enjoy light refreshments at the Old Barn Coffee Shop where a range of merchandise is also available.

The site will continue its lively series of events that use re-enactment, crafts, hands-on activities, drama and specialist demonstrations to interpret the history of the site and life at the time.

A perfect day out for couples, friends, families and groups.

Education/study area

Children welcome

Opening details

Good Friday 30th March 2018 – (Thursday to Sunday, closed Monday – Wednesday) from 10.30am to 16:30pm

In addition the site will be open:
Spring BH Mon, Summer BH Mon


£5.95 for adults
£5 for concessions
£3.50 for children
Under 3s Free

Tickets are valid for multiple visits through the open season – tickets must be retained for this offer.

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 5 May Plant Hunters Fair
Sun 5 Aug Plant Hunters Fair


  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format


  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system



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Map reference: SK 420126  Lat: 52.71026 Long: -1.37893

Situated in the village of Donington le Heath just outside Hugglescote near to Coalville.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport