It has been such a glorious day so we thought what’s better than a picnic and some fresh air by the river. Compromising of 900 acres, Shugborough Estate is the perfect spot for just that. There is plenty of space, lots of walking routes, and monuments around every corner.
We did take a look at the small farm area but unfortunately couldn’t find the Tamworth pigs and Dorking chickens while we were there but we did say hello to the Southdown sheep and Longhorn cows that roam around in the fields. The little courtyard by the farm is a lovely little pit stop to have a sit down and a snack from the Park Farm café.
There is a bit of a walk to the mansion from the entrance but there is a shuttle that can take you from the car park to the mansion - which we thought was great. They are also now running guided tours of the Georgian mansion too. We will definitely be doing the tour next time we go.
There are so many walking routes and areas to explore. With monuments at every corner, there is just so much to learn and discover. The Lanthorn of Demosthenes, Tower of the Winds, The Ruin, The Chinese House, Shepherd’s Monument, Cat’s Monument, and Triumphal Arch - you can find all of these on your day of discovery.
Next to the mansion, you will find a courtyard with a gift shop, second-hand book shop, tearoom, and toilets. The tearoom sells a selection of takeaway drinks, sandwiches, cakes, snacks and yummy ice cream.
As you head back toward the entrance, take a look around the walled garden and let your little one’s run wild on the play area situated just behind.
Shugborough estate has:
🏛 Georgian mansion.
🐮 Cows, sheep, and deer.
🌼 Walled gardens, formal gardens, arboretum and play area to explore.
🚻 Three sets of toilets with baby changing facilities.
👶🏻 Pushchair friendly.
☕️ Park Farm café and Mansion Tearoom.
🎫 £8 per adult and £4 per child (under 5s free). Free for NT members. Booking a time slot is required.
🗺 Great Haywood, Stafford, ST17 0UP.
⏰ Open 9am-5pm.