An unpretentious family home

Toys in the day nursery

Toys in the day nursery

When Thomas Charles refashioned Lanhydrock after the 1881 fire he specified that he wanted 'an unpretentious family home'. While his idea of everyday comfort might be different from our own, there is no doubting the family is at the very heart of this house. There's a whole suite of rooms dedicated to the children, family photographs throughout and the morning room was even used by the children as a performance space for annual plays and theatricals.

Upstairs, downstairs

Imagine washing dishes all day in this lead-lined Scullery sink

See the fascinating contrast between the upstairs and downstairs worlds as you explore the kitchens and servants' quarters as well as the grand family spaces.

Henry VIII's book

House and collections manager Paul Holden with the Henry VIII book © Steven Haywood/National Trust

One of the books in our library once belonged to Henry VIII and was used to help him annul his marriage so he could marry Anne Boleyn. See it on display now.

Picture perfect

Get to know the Victorian family at Lanhydrock through their portraits with this illustrated guide.

Fast facts

Cleaning the moose in the hoose

Find out more about some of the interesting objects in our collection, selected by our knowledgeable room guides. From kitchen appliances to portraiture, you're sure to learn something new this year.

Tickle the ivories

Why don’t you have a go?

The Agar-Robartes children were very musical, playing instruments and singing. If you're a pianist, you can follow in their footsteps (finger-steps?) by playing the Steinway in our gallery.

Our cast of characters

Learn all about the Victorian family

Learn all about the Victorian family

You can find out all about the people who lived and worked at Victorian Lanhydrock through their portraits, photographs, letters and possessions. Look out for the new frames filled with stories of the family and their servants and see how you 'measure up' to family members by standing next to their life-size figures around the house. Can you guess why Thomas Charles was known as 'Little Lordy'?

Clock this

There are over 40 clocks on display in the house - all ticking, chiming and telling the right time.

You can find out some interesting trivia about our favourite clocks on the download below.

Not to be missed...

  • The new display of the Lanhydrock Atlas in the museum
  • The extensive kitchen area, where every job had its own workplace
  • The servants' quarters - see where the workers slept
  • The glorious plasterwork in the gallery and beyond
  • His Lordship's saucer bath - who needs a bathroom?
  • See if you can spot the Victorian flat-pack fire surround
  • World War One artefacts in Tommy's Bedroom and the museum

All mod-cons

Bread baking in the Clements Jeakes Bakehouse oven

After the 1881 fire Thomas Charles filled Lanhydrock with the latest technology. Look out for state-of-the-art ovens and warming cupboards in the kitchen and dining areas, central heating systems and fire hydrants.