Shugborough Estate is one of the most fascinating and consistently satisfying places to visit in the West Midlands.
Formerly the permanent residence of the Lichfield family, including famous photographer Lord Lichfield (who passed away in 2005), the estate is still used by the family.
With gardens to die for, stretching across hundreds of acres of green, beautiful land, Shugborough is not to be missed.
One of my favourite things is that there are people dressed in 18th century period costume throughout the estate, performing tasks that were necessary for the running of the estate. The candlemaker, ironmonger and woodworker are some of the most interesting.
The main house is a glorious mansion with relics of each age the house has been through -- some truly gorgeous pieces of furniture, paintings, and of course, Lord Lichfield's iconic photographs.
The Servant's Quarters is all preserved in late 18 - early 19th century style, with working servants shearing sheep, making cheese and using the old brick oven.
The gardens are really spectacular, with the Chinese house and bridge, and the old Victorian follies.
To see the whole estate, it's £12 for an adult, or £4 after 4pm. It really is worth it, as you can spend all day here, meandering around the greenery and poking through the many artefacts. There are often events held at Shugborough, such as jazz concerts.
It's a perfect venue for weddings (they don't do receptions, however) or events.
Shugborough is a really peaceful, wonderful bit of Staffordshire history, preserved by the National Trust.
Really interesting house whose last inhabitant was Lord Lichfield.
It's a grand house but seems much smaller than expected from the photography. Unusually it features a number of rooms which date from the early 90's which is when Patrick Lichfield passed away.
The house is a real mix of styles and due to the dreaded double death tax it also has two "owners" which can make you visit very complicated.
National Trust members get free access to most of the house but not the farm or the servants quarters as they are owned by the local council and you have to pay - you also have to pay to park regardless of it you are a Trust member or not.
I know it's complicated and all due to the law etc but this ownership issue can overshadow your trip which is a shame - mainly as it makes admission expensive, confusing and you have to put up with lots of unsightly signs to explain everything.
It's worth a visit though and the tea room serves nice food (although watch out for the dragon behind the counter who is very particular about which type of tea pot you get with your order!).
We visited Shugborough during a craft festival weekend and although the estate was lovely there were hardly any stalls.
It is a little bit of money to get in but it is worth it to see inside the hall and watch the characters in costume.
We visited a little later to see the Flower show which was definitely worth a visit as there was lots to do and see.
Shugborough Hall is a stunning estate, opened to the public in co-operation with the National Trust.
The first thing to note is that Shugborough Hall is not solely a NT property, which means that NT members do have to pay an additional fee to view the property in its entirety, although it is well worth the additional cost.
The estate is divided into six main areas, the park farm, walled garden, the main gardens, the mansion, monuments & servants quarters, all of which are staffed by costumed charactors who help to maintain the estate in period fashion.
The mansion house is not fully open to the public & the parts that can be views are cramped & badly laid out, it's certainly a difficult one to take younger children around. There is also no photography allowed within the house.
The rest of the estate more than makes up for this however. The gardens, walled & general, are both amazing, the planting & maintenance are both to a high standard & a delight to explore. The grounds are huge & expansive, they're great for exploring & enjoying walks through.
The farm is always a bit hit with children as there's an assortment of animals to maul & well equipped play area. There also hands on activities just past the walled garden, including candle dipping, that are also great for children.
There's a nice restaurant on site that provides a good selection of hot & cold food, some of which is produce from the estate gardens.
I cant believe I havent already reviewed this place. Shugborough Hall is an amazing place to visit at any time of the year and it is always fun. It is located in Stafford and just outside of the centre and there are plenty of signposts so you should be able to find it very easily indeed.
So to get to the estate you have to drive down a very long drive indeed. Do not do what we did one year and let my fiance drop us off at the end of the drive as that was one walk i wont forget in a hurry.
So what is there to do at the Shugborough Estate? Well on any day when it is open you can go up and take a look around the Hall and the gardens which are huge and beautiful. There is a farm and then there are a few little shops and a cafe.
There is a cost to Shugborough which is £12 for adults and you may have to pay for parking.
What you really go to Shugborough for though is the events and I go to the Christmas markets every year and also the Halloween event which is great. Throughout the year though they do things such as craft fairs which are great to go to.
I love the Shugborough estate as it is a working estate and you get to go around the mansion and even go to the servants quarters.
It is so much fun to walk around and i have to say it is definitely worth a visit so if I were you I would try it. It is always a good day and it doesnt matter much about the weather as everything is always good. I have to say i have never had a problem with staff either as they are always very nice.
A great location and a nice historic place to visit.
Thanks for reading.
P.S. Parts of this review are used on another site but always by me katygriff
Shugborough Hall Estate is a great day out for all ages. The kids will adore the farm and the play area, and there are frequently activities for them to try out. Older visitors will be impressed by the lovely gardens and the picturesque walks that are available. The house itself is interesting, featuring as it does period features and photographs of the family, but most of it is not open to the public. Of greater interest is the servants quarters, staffed by servants complete in period costume and including the vast kitchens and laundry, as well as the stables and smithy which the kids loved. Shugborough frequently has special events including a lovely Christmas evenings with candlelight, carols and a range of entertainment, including brass bands. One not to miss.
Shugborough is a beautiful area. Massive grounds of fields, forrests and walks. Many events go on here such as charity races, craft shows (a brilliant one in November for christmas items), and others. I've never been in the house but the grounds are lovely.
My daughter and I went to Shugborough Hall as a day out on her 21st (calm before the party). We had a wonderful day, meeting with staff in character costume in the big house, showing us the full workings of a complete estate. This included: kitchens, laundry, stables, blacksmiths, a mill, the farm (and all its animals) etc etc. Great place for pic nics in the grounds and good quality restaurant etc around a lovely courtyard setting. There was so much to see and do, a really lovely day out.
went on Saturday for halloween not expensive for the two of us and the grounds and house is great, I hadnt been before so it was nice to look around. The wait to get into the house was about an hour and it would have been over an hours wait to go on the ghost train.
Got to say it wasnt really scary in the house and certainly not worth the wait, it started to rain so we didnt wait for the train, the real highlight was seeing all the people that visited and how much effort they made with their costumes !!
Can't say I'd recommend especially for halloween but if you haven't seen the house it is worth a look and its nice to see how much effort the public make.
visit this wonderful stately home in the heart of staffordshire.family friendly theres lots to see and do.thers the park farm,walled garden,servants quarters,the mansion,lovely old monuments.lucy the train runs rides every day for the children.check on their website for various events through the year,including craft and gift fairs,candlelit christmas evening.also available for weddings,parties etc.
Shugborough Hall offers a great place to visit for the whole family. There is the mansion house, working farm, servants quarters and extensive gardens to explore - but the only downside is the prohibitive cost. It costs £12 for adults to visit, which I think is a bit expensive. I think you can pay just to walk around the grounds, which is better value for money as you can still visit the shops and tea room, so you can have a good day out. You also have to pay for parking.
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