Discover the Mansion at Attingham

A side view of the Mansion in the winter sunshine

Built for the first Lord Berwick in 1785, and replacing Tern Hall, 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.

During 2022 we're continuing to take the opportunity to test a variety of experiences and different types of visit to the Mansion. Everything we do will be rooted in the Mansion’s history, opening different parts of the building to highlight particular stories and aspects of its past, present and future. We’ll be working with volunteers and creative partners to do this.

Over the course of the year we will be gathering feedback from visitors about their experiences to help inform how we open the Mansion in the future.

A grand regency house requires conservation on a grand scale

Preparation work has commenced (May 2022) on the East side of the Mansion in readiness to repair and conserve the windows. In addition, the roof and plasterwork ceiling decoration of the East Colonnade will be restored.  

We hope to share this important project with visitors in the coming months including hearing from the specialist teams involved and highlighting the skilled work being undertaken.  

A watercolour painting of Tern Hall, the original house at Attingham Park
Tern Hall, home of the Hill family, was incorporated into the 'new' mansion built in the 1780s
A watercolour painting of Tern Hall, the original house at Attingham Park

Visiting the Mansion in 2022

Spring and early summer openings will be as below. Please check back later in the year for Mansion openings from summer onwards.

Find out more about the history of the Hill family, discover more about the Lords Berwick who lived here, and find out more about the collection and interiors inside this impressive building.

Explore ‘below stairs’: From Saturday 2 April to Sunday 30 October the servants' rooms in the Mansion basement will open daily from 11am with last entry 3.30pm (closed at 4pm). Find out more about ‘below stairs’ at Attingham, taking in rooms such as the Kitchen, Butler’s Pantry, and Servants’ Hall.

‘Above stairs’ visits to the groundfloor showrooms: From Saturday 2 April to Sunday 5 June the ground floor showrooms will also be open to visitors on a free-flow basis.

From Monday 6 – Friday 15 July the ground floor showrooms will be open for guided tours on week days and on weekends, visits will be on a free-flow basis.

Guided Tour dates – Please book at Visitor Reception on arrival.

Monday 6 – Friday 10 June
Monday 13 – Friday 17 June 
Monday 20 June – Friday 24 June 
Monday 27 June - Friday 1 July 
Monday 4 – Friday 8 July 
Monday 11 – Friday 15 July 

Free-flow visits on the following weekends
Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 June 
Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 June 
Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 June 
Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 July 
Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 July

During this time we will be highlighting the stories of the people who have ‘made’ Attingham, from historical contributors such as John Nash, to artists and sculptors, to the work of modern conservators who care for our collections and interiors today. Take in rooms such as the Drawing Room, Dining Room, Sultana Room, and Picture Gallery with its iconic Regency glass roof, and follow the progress of our wallpaper and furniture conservation projects. The ground floor showrooms will be open daily from 11am with last entry at 3.30pm.

We're trialling a booking system this year at Attingham to help ensure you can explore the parkland, garden and mansion, and have the best possible experience. You won't need to book at quieter times, but we strongly recommend you book in advance when we're at our busiest, such as Easter, school and bank holidays.

Continuing a legacy of looking after Attingham

Thomas, 8th Lord Berwick, bequeathed Attingham to the National Trust in 1947. Before this, Thomas and his wife Teresa had begun restoration work, as well as carefully saving and storing historic items for future conservation and restoration.

" ...Some day, others will finish what we could not..."
- Teresa, Lady Berwick, 1951.

Described as one of the most generous gifts to the Trust, the team at Attingham continue to conserve and care for the interiors of the Mansion and the collection it contains today.

A copy of the 1827 sale catalogue for Attingham Park

Understanding Attingham's Collection

Attingham’s collection is a bittersweet story of loss, survival and re-discovery.