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Brief description of site

Luton Hoo is an 18th-century landscape park covering almost 600 hectares (475 hectares registered), designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. The grounds include early-20th-century formal gardens and a rockery garden which covers two hectares. The main building is now a hotel.

Brief history of site

A park of 150 hectares was enclosed in 1623. In 1762 the estate was bought by the third Earl of Bute, who employed Robert Adam to rebuild the house and Lancelot Brown to design the park.

Location information:

Address: Luton Hoo, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3TQ

Locality: Luton

Local Authorities:

Central Bedfordshire; Hyde

Historical County: Bedfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 166 Grid Ref: TL105185
Latitude: 51.8542 Longitude: -0.39701


Off the B653, 1 mile south of Luton.
Railway station - Luton.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The walled garden is open on Wednesdays in the summer:
Much of the site is now in use as a hotel, spa and golf course.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: hotel

Site first created: 1623 to 1767

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 507

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