Places: Attingham Park
Just outside Shrewsbury lies Attingham Park. This National Trust property features a gorgeous Grade I listed Mansion and extensive grounds.
Designed by George Steuart and built in 1785 for Noel Hill, the current house replaced the original Tern Hall. In the early 1800s, designer John Nash added a magnificent picture gallery to the property. Unfortunately a flaw in the otherwise impressive design resulted in leaks and eventually a weakening of the walls. The National Trust are now working on repairs and a correction for the problems.
There is plenty to see at Attingham Park, both inside and out. Take a guided tour of the house if you have a chance – the story behind the family is quite interesting! In the grounds you will find an immaculately kept walled garden, an orchard, greenhouses, a piglet enclosure, open grass areas for picnics and play plus a number of eateries. Be sure to try the home-made cakes and pastries.
Allow at least an hour to explore the house – maybe 90 minutes if you do like to admire every piece of furniture or art in detail. The same again for the gardens. Dogs are welcome and can be let ‘off lead’ in certain areas.
Definitely put aside half a day to explore and admire this splendid Georgian estate, best enjoyed in the sun!
A 5/5 experience!