Wimpole Estate – National Trust
Average time spent – 4-5+ hours.
Things to do at Wimpole Estate National Trust review
Wimpole Home Farm is one of the UK’s largest rare breed centres and it is part of the Wimpole Estate. They play a key role in conserving rare and traditional breeds of livestock. Not only do they look after animals they also farm over 700 acres of arable land for cereals. The animals at Wimpole Home Farm include, Sandy and Black Pigs, Small black and white Bagot Goats, Longhorns, Shetland Ponies and Shire Horses, plus lots more!
When you get to Home Farm make sure to have a look at the A-Frame for the list of what’s happening. There are plenty of hands on experiences and chances for close encounters. Top tip, take a photograph of the A-Frame so you can easily check the timings throughout the day.
As well as the animals there are a lot of hands on things to do. Upstairs in the barn is the home to the Kidbine Harvester. By turning the wheels you can move each section to see how it all words. The steps are not too step either.
There is a small play area beside a café which is made using pig sty type huts which children are able to go into and climb on. There is a tractor to play on too. As well as the small play area there is a milking area so children are able to practise milking cows as well as other hand on experiences such as dressing up.
There is also a large adventure playground made using natural resources and you could easily spend a couple of hours there too! It can get busy and there isn’t a lot of seating so bring a picnic mat or chair. You can also explore the hall and take a walk through the pleasure grounds.
Eating – There is a cafe outside at the farm which sells a variety of hot and cold food and drinks. There’s also two other places you can get food. You are welcome to picnic outside.
Facilities in brief – Historical hall with grounds you can explore. Plus a farm with animals and hands on experiences. Two play areas including a large adventure playground. There are toilets and places to eat.
Entry price – *Higher priced or FREE for National Trust members.
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Higher Priced. A standard adult ticket is £15.50 and just under £8.00 for a child. Under 5’s are free
Opening: Wimpole estate is open for most of the year with just a few days closure at Christmas. The house is shut for most of the winter but everything else remains open. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Address: Wimpole Estate, Orwell, Royston SG8 0BW, Cambridgeshire, England. Phone: 01223 206000
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Category – House and farm – suitable for all ages.
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