All you need to know for a visit to Attingham
Make the most of your visit to Attingham. Whether it’s the 200 acres of parkland and woods you’ve heard about, the atmospheric mansion house built in 1785, the beautiful and bountiful walled kitchen garden and orchard, or the large play field, there's plenty to explore and fill your day with.
There's plenty to see and do at Attingham so why not make a day of it and explore all we have to offer. Admission to Attingham is free for National Trust members and under 5s. You can find prices for non-member admission on our website here.
During the winter enjoy the great outdoors at Attingham, it's the ideal place for a crisp wintry walk, run around the playfield, or visit a visit to Badger's House in the Bothy in the Walled Garden. Don't miss the Rangers feeding the deer on winter weekends and daily in the Shropshire school holidays (except Christmas day) at 2.30pm in the Deer Park, until Sunday 23 February.
The Mansion is closed until Friday 10 January when it reopens for winter tours from Friday to Sunday each week, read on for more information about the Mansion.
New Year inspiration at Attingham
Explore the parkland
Open daily from 8am (except Christmas Day) – the parkland at Attingham is ever changing with the seasons, from the lush greens of spring and summer, to the rich autumn colours, and stark frosty scenes of winter. Wildlife thrives in the park – and it is home to Attingham’s most loved and popular residents – the Attingham fallow deer herd. Around 180 deer make up the herd and can be seen grazing in the park throughout the year.
We have three permanently laid out walks in the parkland – the Deer Park Walk, Woodland Walk and World War II Walk – for more information please ask for a map at Visitor Reception when you arrive for your visit.
Why not download our Autumn Light Walk and explore the parkland as the seasons turn and autumn brings a riot of colour across the estate.
During the winter months the last entry to the parkland is at 5pm, extending throughout the year to 6pm in spring and autumn, and 7pm in the summer (please check timings for your visit on our opening times page here.)
Visiting the house
The Mansion house at Attingham is open daily in 2020 for free-flow visits from 11am to 4.30pm from Saturday 15 February to Sunday 23 February, and then on weekends until Saturday 28 March when it opens daily until Sunday 2 November (on other dates guided tours are available please click on the Mansion information below). You are welcome to explore the house at your own pace, you’ll find knowledgeable volunteer guides across the three floors, happy to answer any questions you may have.
Not sure it’s for you, or it won’t have changed? Everyone is welcome inside the house. If you're visiting with younger members of the family we have a children’s trail for the family to enjoy, and for the smallest members of the family we’ve got hip seat baby carriers to borrow, and a place to leave your pushchair or pram while you're indoors.
For those who’d like to know more about Attingham our volunteers throughout the house are happy to tell you about our stories, or if you'd prefer to read about it for yourself there's information in each room. This year we have a ‘Humans and Nature’ information guide that focuses on the natural decorative elements inside the rooms and what they can tell us about our relationship with nature over time.
The garden, orchard and pleasure grounds
A 10-15 minute stroll from Visitor Reception is the walled garden and orchard, open daily from 9am to 5pm. On your walk to it you’ll stroll through part of what is known as the ‘pleasure grounds’. This area includes the Mile Walk and was originally planted and landscaped as an area for the Lord Berwicks’ and their society guests to enjoy a stroll amongst nature.
The large productive garden with tall brick walls surrounding it is where our fruits, vegetables and flowers grow throughout the seasons – they’re used in recipes in our café, and are also sold in our Stables Shop.
Fun for all the family
Families are welcome everywhere at Attingham. Pick up a '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' wall planner and booklet from Visitor Reception - it's full of suggestions of activities you can do to explore nature.
There’s so much for all the family to enjoy at Attingham, but no visit could be complete without stopping off at the Field of Play. This natural play space has areas of play for different ages spread throughout the field, and plenty of space to run around and explore. It’s open daily from 8am and has toilets and baby changing facilities close by. There are picnic tables in the field, and the ‘Greedy Pig’ catering facility is open at weekends and in school holidays from 11am (April-September), serving drinks, ice creams, sandwiches and sweet treats (weather dependent).
We’re partway through a five year plan to develop the space and you can read more about our plans below.
The Carriage House Café and Mansion Coffee House
The Carriage House Café is open daily from 9am serving hot and cold drinks, light bites, lunches, sandwiches, soups and Attingham made cakes, bakes and biscuits.
The Mansion Coffee House is open daily until the end of September and then daily during the October half term from 11.30am, serving a traditional tearoom menu of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, and Attingham made cakes, bakes and biscuits.
Admission to Attingham
Admission to Attingham is free for National Trust members and under 5s. You can find prices for non-member admission on our website here. We offer an off-peak admission daily from 4.30pm, and at quieter times of the year. During 2019 off-peak admission is also available on weekdays from 4-29 November. As a charity, we rely on the income from memberships and admission to look after this special place for future generations to enjoy.