Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum
Average time spent – 4-5+ hours.
Things to do at Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum review
Arlington Court is an unexpected jewel on the edge of Exmoor, a family estate held by the Chichester family for over five hundred years. The house itself, built in 1823 has an austere facade, but inside you’ll find a more cosy family atmosphere.
The displays within the house are amazing, everything from model ships to an extensive shell collection can be viewed on your visit. The staff are very knowledgeable and will answer any questions you may have. There are a couple of rooms that have been geared more towards younger visitors too with a collection of toys and a period dressing up box to play with.
The unexpected highlight for us was downstairs in the servants quarters where we observed the colony of horseshoe bats that live in the rafters live on the batcam screen.
The Carriage Museum in Arlington’s stable block has a vehicle for every occasion from cradle to grave. Currently on loan from the Houses of Parliament is the Speaker’s State Coach, a glorious, gilded carriage with over 300 years of history. You may recognise it as it was last used by Speaker Thomas in 1981 for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. The Carriage Museum is home to over forty vehicles, ranging from elegant coaches used for state occasions to humble carts used to carry servants.
There are linked activities for children, such as a mouse hunt and loan of hobby horses in the Carriage Museum. There’s plenty of space to explore and find hidden follies in the beautiful gardens.
A small walk away from the main house is the forest adventure playground which is a lot of fun. You can easily spend a full day out at Arlington as there is plenty to see and do. They also hold special events throughout the year.
Covid 19 – Please check the website or social media of an attraction before visiting. Many places may be open differently and some remain closed. Reviews do not mention all of these changes or possible price changes. Most places now require you to pre-book online in advance.
Important Information Arlington Court
Eating – There is a restaurant on-site selling hot and cold food and beverages. Picnics are welcomed at Arlington.
Facilities in brief – Historical house with rooms to explore, including two interactive rooms for kids. Plus a carriage museum, activities for kids, follies in the grounds and an adventure playground. There are toilets and a restaurant.
Entry price – *FREE to members of the National Trust. Cheap (will increase when the house reopens)
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE to members of the National Trust or Cheap. Currently, not everything is open so tickets are cheaper at £5 per adult or £2.50 per child. Parking is free for NT members, pay and display for non-members.
Opening: Arlington court is open for most of the year but not everything is open over the winter. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dog friendly? Dogs are welcome in most outdoor areas.
Address: Arlington EX31 4LP, Devon. Phone: 01271 850296
This is a Guest Post with thanks to Emma from Dirt Diggers and Dinosaurs.
Category – Historical Property – Indoor and Outdoors – suitable for all ages.
*This post contains affiliate links