We are disappointed to report that our new booking system is being held up by our payment provider and we are still unable to take payments for bookings. Bookings for free timed tickets for house visits can be made by National Trust, Art Fund or RHS members booking online here. >
We are working hard to resolve this, in the meantime please accept our apologies; we appreciate your patience.
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.