We had a lovely time at Attingham Park in Shrewsbury a few weeks ago. We love visiting National Trust sites and this year decided we would become members!
Attingham Park is an English country regency house surrounded by 200 acres of parkland. The National Trust site is compromised of woodland walks, walled gardens, acres of deer park, a WW2 walk, cafes, shops, and a field of play.
First, we headed past the mansion, over the Deer Park bridge toward the deer walk. We were surprised by how much open space and grassland there was! Elijah loved the freedom of running around and was amazed by the cows and deer. We followed the path right toward the gated woodland, past the WW2 walk which takes you through some remains of WW2 buildings.
We then headed back down toward the mansion, although you could walk even further next to the River Turn and cross the suspension bridge - which is a perfect opportunity for a game of Pooh sticks! We had a lovely picnic near the mansion then headed to the walled garden and field of play. The walled garden had suffered a little due to a lack of maintenance throughout lockdown but you could see that the flowers and plants were beginning to grow and the red and white narcissus were beautiful.
The field of play has lots of open space, swings, and wooden climbing areas. I would definitely say that the field of play is for children older than 3 as a lot of the natural apparatus requires climbing and balancing on wooden beams. Although, there are two swings for younger children. There are also toilets and a food and drink stand too. It was super busy on the play area when we went so we decided to give it a miss and headed back towards the courtyard where there is a cafe, shop, and main toilets.
We can’t wait to go back and explore the mansion, especially the servants quarters and the lord and lady rooms!
To summarise Attingham Park:
🏛 From Monday 17 May, the basement in the Mansion will open for a new themed visit 'Servants' Home: Putting on a Country House Party'. You will need a timed entry token to enter which is available on the day on a first-come first-served basis.
🍃 Lots of open space and countryside walks
☕️ Cafes, shops, and toilets
🦌 Deer and cows
🪵 Field of play
🛶 Canoe hire
Attingham Park is free for national trust members, but for non-members, it is £15 per adult, £7.50 for children aged between 5 and 17, and is free for under 5s. Booking a fixed time slot is required.