Welcome to St Mark's College

Residential Youth Centre & Conference Venue.

Our Spaces

We have a variety of areas within the college for you to use. From our Abbey Barn which holds up to 100, down to a simple meeting room, and our outdoor Teepee!


Our Activities

Whether you're bringing an adult group, or youth group, you can choose from a wide range of activities including archery, laser tag, arts & crafts, inflatables and more


Our Accommodation

We can accommodate up to 38 people comfortably and lay on an impressive breakfast to get your day off to the right start.


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Our brochure gives you an in depth look at St Marks College and what we can offer

Latest Brochure

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Whether you're a business looking for a conference/away-day venue, or a charity/youth group looking for a retreat location

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About St Marks

Welcome to St Mark’s! The foundations of the chapel, the oldest part of the buildings, were laid in 1258 as the infirmary (hospital) for the Benedictine monks of Walden Abbey which was on the present site of Audley End House.

After the monastery was dissolved during the reign of Henry VIII the property was rebuilt and completed by 1611 as almshouses (a place for the poor to live) by the Earl of Suffolk who built the present Audley End House. Since then it has been a farm and in fact where you will be sleeping, if you stay with us, was the home for the pigs.

In 1949 it changed use again and was given to the Dioceses of Chelmsford by Lord Braybrook to become a home for retired clergy. In 1993 it underwent a major refurbishment to be set up as a youth and conference centre.


The Centre is available to youth, school and adult groups for residential stays, day conferences and retreats. A range of facilities and activities are available on and around the site. A full description of these can be found on this website.

Traditionally the symbol of St Mark the evangelist has been the Lion. Our hope is that your stay with us will see you meet with Aslan the lion and that you will feel the breath of his roar awaken in you new life and power!

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