"Tring Park" Tring Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld
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This historic park dates back to at least Norman times and probably long before. Henry Guy commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to build the Manor House in 1682 and in the early 18th century areas of the park and surrounding woodlands were tamed and sculptured into formal landscaped gardens.
The house passed through various hands until it was rented by Nathan Mayer Rothschild in the 1830s. It was purchased by Baron Lionel de Rothschild for £230,000 in May 1872, with 4,000 acres (16 km²), to serve as his principal country residence. Rothschild extended the house significantly to occupy his guests. George Devey is believed to have worked on the "improvements" at Tring Park between 1874 and 1878. The Rothschild family owned the house and park for more than a century before selling it in 1989. They used to graze animals such as zebras, wallabies and cassowaries, here, which they brought back from their overseas travels. There are 2 monuments in the park both reputedly designed by the eminent architect James Gibbs in the early 18th century - namely an obelisk and a Summerhouse. Today the park is home to more conventional grazing animals and is a very nice area for a stroll.
Directions: To get here, go to the zoological museum and take a narrow path indicating the direction to Tring Park. Follow the path to the A41 main road and cross over via the foot-bridge. The park is then right in front of you.
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