The Ashridge Business School
The college was conceived at Ashridge House in 1921 when the house was acquired by a trust established by Andrew Bonar Law, a former Prime Minister; in 1929 it became a “College of Citizenship” established to help the Conservative Party develop its intellectual forces in struggles with left-wing organisations such as the Fabian Society. It became a cross between a think-tank and a training centre and had Arthur Bryant as its educational adviser. After the War the “College of Citizenship” was briefly re-launched but in 1959 it was re-launched again as a College to provide management training. In 2015, Ashridge Business School operationally merged with Hult International Business School, an American business school with campuses in seven cities around the world. As part of the merger, Ashridge Business School changed its name to Ashridge Executive Education.
In the Financial Times rankings (May 2014) for custom and open programmes, Ashridge was ranked in the top 25 (23rd) in the world. Ashridge is the only UK specialist business school with degree awarding powers, giving it the equivalent status to a university in awarding its degrees. Ashridge’s Academic Accreditation service provides a route for other educational institutions to work with Ashridge in offering degree-level qualifications in business and management.
As a visitor to Ashridge you will enjoy the highest standards of service and our world-class facilities. We have 15 superbly equipped conference rooms and over 50 syndicate / breakout rooms for our leadership development activities. We also have an on-site library to support your learning and research needs.
Ashridge has 179 bedrooms located in modern buildings, with a further 11 luxury suites available. All rooms are comfortably furnished and equipped with full en suite bathroom facilities.
Dining at Ashridge is always a special experience, thanks to the quality, range and exquisite presentation of the food from our creative team of chefs. They prepare a delicious choice of menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Our chefs will happily accommodate your special dietary or catering requirements. Please tell us in advance through your Programme or Conference Coordinator.
Ashridge also has a bar which is open each evening.
Telephone: +44 (0) 1442 843 491
Location and directions
Arriving by road
Ashridge is located approximately four miles north of Berkhamsted. As you approach Ashridge, please take care when driving over the ramps on this section of road. Open-air parking facilities are available. If coming by car, we advise you to leave your luggage in your vehicle until you have checked in, so that Reception may direct you to park and unload near the residential buildings. Petrol and garage services can be obtained in Berkhamsted which is four miles (six kilometres) from Ashridge.
Arriving by rail
The nearest railway station is Berkhamsted, four miles (six km) from Ashridge.
Trains from London Euston to Berkhamsted — journey time 35 mins.
Trains from Birmingham New Street to Berkhamsted — journey time 1 hour 30 mins.
London Midland Trains
A courtesy car from Berkhamsted station can be arranged to collect you. You can also be picked up from other railway stations but a charge will be made for this. Please contact your programme co-ordinator or Ashridge Reception to book your transport.
Arriving by air
Ashridge is approximately 60 minutes drive from London Heathrow, 90 minutes from London Gatwick, 75 minutes from London Stansted, 30 minutes from London Luton and 60 minutes from London City. We can arrange for a car to meet you at the airport, but please give at least 48 hours’ notice. A charge will be made for this service, details of which can be obtained by telephoning Ashridge on +44 (0)1442 843491.
The driver will be waiting for you in the arrival hall. If for some reason (such as a changed arrival time) this is not the case, go to the Information Desk and ask for the driver to be paged, alternatively please telephone us on 01442 843491 for advice. If you decide to hire a taxi, make sure it is a properly registered vehicle and agree the fare before starting the journey.