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Guided Tours

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

Bhaktivedanta Manor is a hive of activity and is open to new guests as well as regulars.

However we have the following provisions for guest tours of 7 people or less*, especially for those visiting for the first time:

From 11am – 4pm, every day

email: for inquiries about tours. 

*Scroll below for information about group bookings.

Bhaktivedanta Manor: An oasis of spiritual inspiration.

Its lakeside forest walk, colourful gardens, and graceful pastures provide an idyllic setting for a magnificent timbered mansion. See the Victorian interior of the Manor house and hear about the fascinating history of the Hare Krishna movement.

The estate offers retreat to a world of yoga, meditation, sacred music, pure vegetarian food, theatre, seminars, workshops, community schooling, and the dairy farm.

Magnificent Shrine of Krishna
See the hand-carved centrepiece of the temple and community.

George Harrison Garden and Woodland Walk
‘A Garden for George’ – Just one of many delightful spots amidst ten acres of lake walk, woods, and meditation gardens.

Organic Farming
An inspirational project developing a range of home grown vegetables on eight acres using a revived old English ploughing system. A unique feature of the farm is its reliance on ox power instead of tractors.

The country’s largest fully operational organic dairy farm and visitor centre reintroduces a radical approach to farming in the modern world.

Bakery and Gift Shop
Home-baked bread, cakes and savouries are all pure vegetarian and prepared with love and devotion. Various gifts are also available, including books, music, incense and clothing.

A warm welcome awaits you where you can experience a joyful ambiance imbued with constant meditation and prayer.


Provisions for visitors:

Disabled visitors are welcome at Bhaktivedanta Manor, where

We strive to provide a pleasant and enriching experience for everyone who visits Bhaktivedanta Manor.

Bays for disabled drivers are located in the car park at the gate closest to the main Manor building

A ramp for wheelchair users can be found to the side of the main building. This is near to the toilets, which includes a disabled facility.

Assistance dogs accompanying disabled visitors will be looked after in a quiet place by one of our volunteers, with a drinking bowl of water if required, while visitors will be provided a personal chaperon/guide to enjoy their visit inside the Manor building.

Within the complex generally, volunteers are on hand if any assistance is required.

If you think you or your group will require special assistance, especially if you are coming with an assistance dog, please inform us at least 48 hours in advance by emailing



Group Bookings

We can take groups up to a maximum of 15 people and booking in advance is mandatory. Schedule includes:

11am – 11.30am: Arrive at Bhaktivedanta Manor

11.30am: Tour

1.30pm: Lunch/ snacks/ visit bakery (as applicable)**

2.15pm: End 

i) Group can visit our shop/ bakery 

**For lunchtime there are also the following options (Available between May and October)

ii) Tour guides can organise a vegetarian lunch, costing £7 per person

iii) Tour guides can organise some vegetarian snacks and tea, costing £4 per person

Please book via: 



Yoga and Meditation Open day 2018

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

The Yoga and Meditation Open Day for 2018 is on 7 July, Saturday, 10am – 3pm

What will I get from the Yoga and Meditation Open Day?

The Yoga and Meditation Open Day will give you and your family an incredible experience of activities and fun in the Hare Krishna tradition. You will have the opportunity to explore the amazing Bhaktivedanta Manor in a comfortable and friendly environment with lot of activities to take part in. The manor was gifted by George Harrison of the Beatles in 1973 and is home to the George Harrison Garden, Woodland Walk, the biggest cow protection and working oxen centre in the UK, organic farm, a magnificent Krishna Temple, Meditation rooms. And what’s more… we have a special Yoga and Meditation Theme this year which means you can get FREE Yoga and Meditation lessons! Apart from that, you will have an opportunity to:

  • Join in with our special yoga and meditation sessions FREE
  • Get a tour of the Mock-Tudor mansion gifted by the Beatles FREE
  • Feed the Oxen, Cows and the Calves
  • Go on an Ox-cart ride FREE
  • Try some face-painting
  • Decorate your hands with some Henna designs
  • Discover your future with ancient Indian palm-reading
  • Have some fun on the bouncy castle (kids only)
  • Try some amazing cuisines, snacks and sweets
  • Discover a traditional eastern culture with the Temple and Meditation rooms FREE
  • Learn about the history of the Hare Krishna movement FREE
  • Meet the monks and ask questions FREE
  • Relish a sumptuous veggie lunch FREE

There are many more things to do and we can’t list them all here!

How much do I pay?

Entry the the Family Fun Day is FREE and so are a lot of activities. Some activities require just a small charge to pay for the items used.

Can I just turn up?

Yes, you can! Please do register with the registration gazebo to claim your free access to a lot of activities on site. If you’d like to be informed of future events similar to these, then just fill out this form and we’ll keep you updated!

Is there free parking?

Yes, and there’s lots.. you can bring a few cars.

What time is the FREE lunch?

The free lunch is at 3pm.

Can I bring my dog?

Although dogs are generally welcome on lead on the grounds during regular days, we request you not to bring your dog due to the number people present and any concerns they may have.

How long can I spend?

All day if you like. But a tour would take about 20 minutes, and then it depends what activities you want to take part in. We recommend a couple of hours at least to get the full experience!

What time is the yoga?

All day! Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, otherwise we’ll have one for you here. Due to the limitation of the size of the rooms, we’ll only be able to take the first 15 yoga enthusiasts!

What should I do if I have further questions?

Please click the link below to get in touch with us 🙂 You can even use this link to get travelling directions. And if you’re really really stuck, you can call Radha Govinda on 07903212291


Here’s a quick (and really lousy) video we made from last year’s open day. (We need a good video editor if you’d like to volunteer!)



Family Fun Open Day

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

“Family Fun Open Day” 

Report by Radha Govinda das

It was the first day of July this year, but it was a chilly morning. It would gradually warm-up as the day progressed, but for the moment nothing could be said. The devotees had been preparing for this day for months. Almost 10,000 flyers had been distributed, the newspapers had been reporting about it, shops and restaurants had been displaying posters announcing the event. Tents were up with bright banners identifying them, food was ready to be served, artists had arrived with ambitious motives, and volunteers took their positions. Now it was time to wait – till the clock hit eleven.

It didn’t take long for visitors to start trickling in. The Open Day had always been one of the most exciting events for newcomers to Bhaktivedanta Manor. In the past, there had been Strawberry Open days, Cow athletics Open days and Theatre Open days. The legacy continued, and for at least four years now, the Manor had been organising the Family Fun Open day.

“I come to this one every year” said Helen “It’s a fun day for the whole family and my kids look forward to it every single time” as she then walked off to Try on a Sari. The two kids ran off to have a go on the bouncy castle.

The Open day featured a variety of activities for everyone. There was a food stall selling many varieties of Indian snacks, offered to the most attractive Lord Krishna. Curious visitors could also find out more about their future at the Palmistry stall. Then there was a Henna tent for ladies to try out various designs made with the soothing traditional herb, used for centuries by brides in India to decorate themselves. There was also a Face Painting tent and a shop selling fresh organic vegetables. Many received Ox-cart rides to the cow protection centre where they were told about the importance of cows and oxen in society and how they should be protected. Guests also got a tour of the Manor and learnt about the history of the Hare Krishna movement and the precious contribution that Srila Prabhupada had made to the world.

While all this was going on, a group of monks spoke to people who were interested in Krishna consciousness, and many young boys and girls signed up for the “Be A Monk Challenge”, a one week course promoting spiritual living. And all along, young devotees sat on the lawn singing kirtan. It was a wonderful sight, and an effort well worth it.

The day attracted over 1000 people, about half of them who were coming for the first time. Many people signed up to the events and courses that were on offer in the forthcoming weeks including cooking retreats, Kirtan and Mind Body Soul events organised by the Krishna Wisdom team – the same team that organised the Open day.

A big success, but not without the help of the amazing community of devotees that make Bhaktivedanta Manor what it is today.

As time will tell in days, weeks, and years to come, many of these visitors will come more often and relish the tranquillity the manor has to offer. Some will become friends of the manor and regularly come to events. A few will even slowly take to Krishna Consciousness and progress towards a more committed future on their spiritual journey that the movement has to offer. We know this because it has already transpired in the past. History always repeats itself where a pure devotee like Srila Prabhupada has planted the seeds of devotion and the community of devotees regularly water them with their dedication to service.

Open Day at the Manor

Monday, April 18th, 2016

open day

When: 4th June, 2016 11am – 3pm

Where: Bhaktivedanta Manor

Entry: Free


Free Yoga & Meditation sessions

Tour of the beautiful interior of the temple, milking cows and working oxen centre, meditation rooms, George Harrison Garden, and Woodland Walk

Ox-cart rides

Bouncy castle, face-painting, and other activities for Kids

Meet the monks and share a story

Henna face and body art

Try on a Sari for ladies

Speciality cakes, sweets and heavenly savouries food stall

Free Vegetarian meal

Natural organic vegetables stall from the organic farm

And a lot more…

Come and spend an adventurous open day at the Krishna centre and experience the culture and tradition of a spiritual community in the heart of Hertfordshire. Relax in the peaceful gardens and also enlighten yourself along the way! A day for children and adults alike.

For more information about how to get in touch, email: