Completed in 1766, Danson was built for wealthy merchant Sir John Boyd. The house was designed to reflect its original purpose, that of a country house dedicated to entertainment.
The principal floor takes in the austere Entrance Hall that would have held Boyd's collection of souvenir sculpture from the Grand Tour. The exquisitely gilded Dining Room presents a set of wall paintings by Charles Pavillon. The octagonal Salon Houses shows the only known portrait of Boyd in an original painting that has been reframed to the design of William Chambers. The impressive Library is home to a George England organ, built for the house, and still in working order.
There is a programme of events throughout the year. Round off your visit with a light lunch and homemade cakes in the popular Breakfast Room, and indulge in our imaginatively stocked gift shop.
1 April to 31 October 2010: 11am to 5pm every Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays
Open on Tuesdays in June, July and August
Last admission is 4.15pm
English Heritage member: £4.50
(charges apply for special events - visit the website for more details)
- Toilet WC
- Picnic site
- Car parking
- Disabled access
- Baby changing area