Shugborough Estate, National Trust
near Great Haywood, Staffordshire
Average time spent – 2-3+ hours.
Things to do Shugborough Estate review
Shugborough Estate is a National Trust property. It is home to a stately mansion and has 900 acres of land to explore.
With a natural play area to investigate, kids will be happy with the vast array of equipment to climb and hop all over. There is a zip wire for the thrill-seekers, climbable crates and concrete canons, and plenty of picnic benches for playtime snacks.
Shugborough Hall offers a learning experience for everybody. Head into the servants quarters to see what they got paid, how they lived and what they used day to day. Lord Lichfields’ apartments are open to view, by timed ticket only. Here you can glimpse into the world of a Lord and his photography career. He captured many star studded clients, from royals to screen idols.
There are many follies and monuments dotted around the estate, with inspiration drawn from other countries and cultures. From Chinese bridges and Greek pillars, follow the ‘monuments stroll’ walk to take in most of the ornate features. Through the gardens, pathways are clear and manageable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Park Hall Farm is an added attraction for children. Walk through the farm and learn about how it was managed. See how meat was stored and how cheese was made before heading to the exhibition space. Observe the animals still living there today, including Longhorn cows and Tamworth pigs!
Toilet facilities are also located here before you make your way onto the estate. On-site, there is a shop selling produce from Park Hall farm and other National Trust trinkets. Also, as with most National Trust properties, there is the ubiquitous second-hand bookshop.
Eating – The Park Hall Farm offers drinks and snacks for the lunchtime respite, or the Mansion tea rooms are better suited for larger meals. You are welcome to picnic outdoors in the park.
Facilities in brief – Stately mansion with acres of grounds to explore. Play areas, follies and monuments. Plus park hall farm. There are toilets and places to eat.
Entry price – *Mid-range or FREE to National Trust members
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range – An adult standard ticket is £14.00 and £7.00 for a child. Under 5’s are free. Parking is free for members and paying visitors.
Opening: Shugborough Estate is open almost all year round. The house is closed on certain dates over the winter. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Address: Milford, Great Haywood, Stafford ST17 0XB, Staffordshire, England. Phone: 01889 880160
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Category – Historical house – Indoors and outdoors – suitable for all ages
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