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.

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.

From Saturday 22 June to Sunday 8 September don't miss the Faces of Change: Nature's Champions exhibition on display in the Picture Gallery.

Photograph of David Attenborough

Faces of Change: Nature's Champions at Attingham

Who’s your nature champion? Don’t miss this exhibition of world class portraits of people with a passion for the natural world at Attingham from 22 June to 8 September.

Visitors and one of the team sharing thoughts in the Picture Gallery
Picture Gallery, Attingham Park, Shropshire
Visitors and one of the team sharing thoughts in the Picture Gallery

The Mansion is open daily from 11am for free-flow visits until Sunday 3 November. 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. Last entry is at 4.30pm each day

The Picture Gallery and first floor of the Mansion will be closed from Monday 9 September, reopening on Monday 16 September while we take down the temporary exhibition Faces Of Change: Nature's Champions. The basement and show rooms will remain open.

The gleaming copper in the Mansion Kitchen at Attingham Park
The interior of the Mansion Kitchen at Attingham Park
The gleaming copper in the Mansion Kitchen at Attingham Park

Inside, 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. 

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.

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.

A child in the Picture Gallery looking up to the roof as his mother and sister stand by.

The Attingham Re-discovered Project

Attingham's Re-discovered Project is a ground-breaking, top quality, award-winning conservation project that has inspired and fascinated our visitors.

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.

 

The Mansion during winter

The Mansion will be closed from Monday 4 to Friday 29 November and will reopen for Attingham Christmas from Saturday 30 November until Monday 23 December. Visiting the Mansion during Attingham Christmas is by pre-booked timed entry ticket, and tickets will be available to book later in the year.

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.

The Mansion will be closed from Tuesday 24 December 2019 until mid-February 2020. During that time the Mansion will be open for Winter Tours during January and the early part of February from Friday to Sunday each week. The dates for Winter Tours will be available later in the year.

Enjoying a tour at Attingham Park, Shropshire
Visitors and room guide in the picture gallery at Attingham Park, Shropshire
Enjoying a tour at Attingham Park, Shropshire

Attingham's Collection

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