Discover the Mansion at Attingham

Only five generations of the Berwick family lived at Attingham, but they left an impressive and enduring legacy of love and neglect. Step inside our Regency Mansion to discover their story and how they shaped the house. As part of the National Trust's 2018 Women and Power programme, discover more about the roles and opportunities for women attending the Shropshire Adult Education College based at Attingham from 1948 to 1976.

Step inside the Mansion

Built for the first Lord Berwick in 1785, Attingham Hall and its beautiful parkland were owned by one family for more than 160 years. As their fortunes rose and fell the family proved themselves to be spenders, savers and saviours - providing a fascinating story of love and neglect, the marks of which still stand in Attingham’s rooms today.

An 1827 sale catalogue of the contents of Attingham Hall when the family's fortunes were declining
A copy of the 1827 sale catalogue for Attingham Park
An 1827 sale catalogue of the contents of Attingham Hall when the family's fortunes were declining

Discover the traces of the family story throughout the Mansion, from the flashy but flawed Picture Gallery roof that contributed to the bankruptcy of the second Lord Berwick, to the prized paintings of the cattle that the fifth Lord loved.  

This year you'll be able to uncover more about the stories of the Women of the Shropshire Adult Education College based at Attingham from 1948 to 1976. The College was based on the west side of the Mansion at the same time that Lady Berwick lived on the east side, and the National Trust was opening a limited number of rooms to visitors (after Lord Berwick's death in 1947, he bequeathed the Attingham Estate to the National Trust).

On the west side and on the basement level there will be small displays explaining how the College made use of the rooms. Photos, quotes and replica documents will all help to give an understanding of this time and what it meant for the Women of the College.

The Dining Room was used as a music room and lecture theatre during the college years. For 2018 it will be displayed to reflect the College’s use of this space. The regency ambassadorial dinner display on the dining table will be rested for the year while we condition check and carry out conservation work on it.

Changing fortunes, revival and re-discovery

During the 20th Century. Attingham’s saviours, the eighth Lord and Lady, began restoration work that lives on in today's Attingham Re-Discovered project. This project aims to bring the Mansion back to life and conserve and restore the rooms to reflect the history of this magnificent Mansion.

Trompe l’oeil (fool the eye) canvas painting by Robert Fagan above a door in the Entrance Hall at Attingham Park, c.1794.
Painted canvas of a classical scene by John Mortimer, 1794.
Trompe l’oeil (fool the eye) canvas painting by Robert Fagan above a door in the Entrance Hall at Attingham Park, c.1794.

We look forward to welcoming you inside the Mansion

The Mansion is open daily from Saturday 17 February until Sunday 4 November.  From 11am until last entry at 4.30pm each day you will be able to explore the Mansion at your own pace, and our knowledgeable room guides will be on hand to answer any questions you might have.

 

Take a tour with us and discover more

The Berwick’s left a fine Georgian Mansion with intricate decoration, Regency furniture and art, splendid stables and a walled garden as well as a deer park, all set in a 4,000-acre estate in the fertile valley of the River Severn. But these physical structures are only part of the story. Why not discover more about the lives of the Berwick family, their fortunes and the collection at Attingham on one of our guided tours?
 

Discover more about the Mansion and the familys' impressive legacy
Male Tour Guide dressed in Regency clothing giving a tour to visitors outside the Mansion
Discover more about the Mansion and the familys' impressive legacy

Our guided tours take place daily and topics vary, please ask on arrival at Visitor Reception for more information. There's no extra charge to join a tour but tickets are limited and on a first come, first served basis on the day.

 

Attingham's Collection

Find out more about the items and objects you'll see in the Mansion on your visit.