Visiting Attingham: What to expect on your visit
Our outdoor spaces, café, shop and second hand bookshop are open. The Mansion basement is open (entry by timed ticket available on the day). In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.
The outdoor spaces at Attingham (including parkland, walking routes, Deer Park, Walled Garden and Field of Play) are open for pre-booked visitors to enjoy. The Carriage House Cafe, Stables Shop and secondhand bookshop are also open daily.
The Mansion basement is open for visits to 'Servants' Home: Putting on a Country House Party'. To visit the basement book your admission ticket to Attingham in advance, on the day of your visit collect a timed entry ticket from Visitor Reception (basement open 10.30am-4pm). There is a one-way route through the basement and numbers are limited in line with government guidance. Please bring a face covering with you.
All visits to Attingham are by pre-booked ticket, you can do this on the day if there is availability (up to 1 hour before you plan to arrive).
Until Sunday 13 June the last arrival time slot of the day is 5.30pm-6pm, and the estate then closes at 7pm. From Monday 14 June the last arrival time is 5pm-5.30pm, and the estate then closes at 6.30pm.
What to expect on your visit
Parking and arrival
If arriving by car please park up in the car and have your pre-booked tickets/booking confirmation to hand and if you're members, your National Trust membership cards to show at Visitor Reception.
There are designated Blue Badge spaces available for pre-booked tickets if required. Once parked, you'll then enter on foot through Visitor Reception.
We're now welcoming all visitors at Visitor Reception, within the building and underneath the canopy.
- We now have the capacity to take bookings on the day at Attingham (up to 1 hour before you visit)
- After you’ve parked up in the car park please have your tickets (printed off or on a mobile device)
- If you are National Trust members please your membership cards to hand as we’re scanning membership cards (contactless) at Visitor Reception.
- Please also have a face covering for use inside Visitor Reception – you will also need to wear a face covering inside the shop, café and toilets at Attingham (unless exempt).
We are using a booking system for visits to manage the visitor numbers across the site and to spread out arrivals throughout the day.
Please bear with us if there is a short wait at Visitor Reception, our team there will be ready to welcome you and get your visit started.
Please arrive within your half-hour time slot, to help maintain social distancing. If you’re more than 10 minutes late for your arrival slot then entry will be at the discretion of the property team. You’re welcome to stay as long as you like until closing time (7pm until Sunday 13 June, 6.30pm from Monday 14 June) when the car park and back gates will be locked.
Campervans that are used for transport are welcome for pre-booked visitors, but are not permitted to stay overnight. At this time we’re unable to welcome caravans and coaches.
Attingham is a no smoking or vaping site (indoors and out).
To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. Look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site.
- Please follow the signposted one-way pedestrian entry into the Stables Courtyard (café, shop, toilets).
- There is a signed one-way pedestrian exit when you have finished your visit.
- There is a signed and managed entry and exit to the Stables Courtyard.
- Once past the Stables Courtyard there are no one-way routes in the grounds.
- Make space, please keep a 2 metre distance from others, including outdoors.
You’ll find sinks for hand washing in the available toilets. You will find hand sanitiser at Visitor Reception, Carriage House Café, Stables Shop, and second-hand bookshop.
In line with government guidance you're required to wear a face covering in most enclosed spaces. Please bring one with you.
If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.
Toilets (including accessible toilets and baby change facilities) are available at the Stables Courtyard and the Brewhouse (there is also a Changing Place here, accessed via radar key), please wear a face covering and adhere to social distancing while inside. The toilets at the Walled Garden and Field of Play are also open. These are all sanitised by our facilities team throughout the day.
The Carriage House Café is open in the Stables Courtyard from 9am daily serving a menu of hot and cold drinks, cakes and bakes, crisps, confectionery, sandwiches, soup, light lunches, pasties and sausage rolls. In line with government guidelines you're required to wear a face covering in our café and food outlets, including when queueing. There is outdoor seating for the cafe in the Stables Courtyard, and limited indoor seating.
We are accepting reusable cups for hot drinks provided they are clean and in good condition, and we follow a specific process to minimise handling. You'll receive 25p of the price of your hot drink when using your reusable cup.
Our takeaway food and hot drinks will be served on plant-based disposable tableware, all of which is composted or recycled. Please dispose of them in the bins in the Stables Courtyard or in the bins at the Field of Play.
The Field of Play food and drink kiosk is open on weekends and daily in the school holidays from 11am to 3pm, weather dependent. The kiosk serves a range of hot and cold drinks, and limited range of snacks and confectionary. Please remember your face covering for use whilst being served at the kiosk.
Lord Berwick’s Tearoom at the Mansion is open on weekends and in the school holidays from 11.30am to 4pm. The tearoom serves a range of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and cakes and bakes. Please use the signed entry and exit for the tearoom, and in line with government guidance face coverings are required when inside the tearoom.
The Field of Play, located at the top of the Mile Walk, is open as part of a pre-booked visit to Attingham, and much of the play equipment can now be enjoyed.
To keep our property teams and visitors safe, we are following all government guidance across our properties, and this includes play parks. We have been able to reopen the majority of the natural play areas within the Field of Play as well as the swings, and the big tunnels on the new hill fort.
The Stables Shop is open daily from 10am until 5pm.
Grooms' Rooms Second-hand Bookshop is open daily from 10am until 4pm.
The Mansion basement is open daily, the ground floor remains closed. Please read the following article for more information on visiting the basement.
Trampers/Wheelchairs (subject to availability) can be hired by visitors with pre-booked tickets to visit Attingham by calling Visitor Reception between 10am - 4pm on 01743 708118 no later than 4pm the day before their visit. Trampers/Wheelchairs can be loaned for one of two three-hour sessions on the day of a visit from 10am – 1pm and from 2pm – 5pm.
Trampers/wheelchairs will be sanitized by our reception team before and after their return from loan. The timings for loans above take into account time for our team to be able to do this safely. We kindly ask visitors to offer a donation of £5 for help with running costs of the trampers. This can be done by texting the keyword TRUST to: 70515 to donate £5.
We have recently reintroduced a visitor shuttle buggy service for visitors. The visitor buggy can take visitors requiring assistance to the Walled Garden and Mansion (currently closed), from the back of the Stables Courtyard. To check if the buggy is operational on the day of your visit please call Visitor Reception on 01743 708154. When operational our visitor shuttle buggy is driven by a team of volunteers between 11am and 3pm.
The visitor buggy is sanitized at the start and end of each day, and touchpoints are cleaned in between each journey. Visitors using the buggy should wear a face covering unless exempt. Please note: there is a step up to be seated on the buggy.
Benches are located around the site for visitors to rest as they walk.
Dogs are welcome at Attingham and we ask that they remain on leads across the majority of the estate, apart from in the 'off-lead but under effective control' area in part of the woodland.
Assistance dogs only are welcome inside buildings. Please use the dog bins for dog waste and the Stables Courtyard bins for normal waste if you cannot take it home with you.
Exploring the parkland at Attingham
Summer is here and the estate is blossoming with colours. There are four main walking routes around the grounds at Attingham, varying in length from 1 to 4 miles. The parkland at Attingham includes the Walled Garden and Orchard, Deer Park, Pleasure Grounds and woodlands.
Please don't bring any BBQs or light any fires in our grounds during your visit.
Bikes at Attingham
We’re sorry but standard bicycles are not permitted in the Park regardless of the cyclist's age, to keep the Park a safe environment for budding cyclists. We welcome under 5s on trikes, starter bikes with stabilisers, or balance bikes (no pedals), and under 11s on push/kick scooters.
All visitors must book a ticket in advance, including members (you can now book to visit Attingham up to 1 hour before your planned visit). Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay in advance.
Please book one ticket per person, except for children aged 5 or under as they don’t need a ticket.
- You’ll need to choose a 30-minute arrival time for the day you want to visit.
- The timeslot is for your arrival time only.
- Tickets are for your use only and are not available for resale.
- We'll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email.
- Please bring your tickets with you - either printed off or on a mobile device to show our team on arrival.
Every Friday we'll release new bookings for visits the following week (Monday-Sunday). You can book on the day up to an hour before you visit if there are tickets available at Attingham.