Explore the parkland at Attingham

The Berwicks were only at Attingham for just over 200 years but their legacy in the landscape is impressive. Their mark still stands at Attingham today in the regency Mansion and Repton designed landscape.

Relax, explore, and discover nature on a visit to Attingham Park.
A view across the river with the Mansion in the background
Relax, explore, and discover nature on a visit to Attingham Park.

The history of the parkland

Work on the landscape first began in 1770, when the 1st Lord Berwick hired Thomas Leggett to design the Pleasure Grounds. Between 1770 and 1772, around 20,000 trees and shrubs and over 160 fruit trees were planted, transforming the gardens immediately around the original Tern Hall. Within his design he created the impressive loop walk, which visitors still walk. Today, we call it the Mile Walk.  
When the 2nd Lord Berwick inherited Attingham, he hired Humphry Repton to enhance the parkland. Repton's aim was to create a natural landscape around the Mansion and breath taking views of the Shropshire Hills and the Wrekin. Unfortunately after Repton's work was finished, the family went bankrupt, and no further work to the parkland followed. This factor has made Attingham's Repton landscape one of the most historically important across the Britain, as it has not been altered by new additions and designers.
Thomas, the 8th Lord Berwick, feeding the fallow deer
The 8th Lord Berwick out in the Deer Park feeding the fallow deer
Thomas, the 8th Lord Berwick, feeding the fallow deer

The Deer Park

Attingham’s Deer Park was created in 1798 as part of the 2nd Lord Berwick’s grand improvements. Wild fallow deer were already living in the estate’s woodland and fields, and about 400 acres were fenced to create the Deer Park. Today around 180 fallow deer live in the park. 
Thomas, 8th Lord Berwick, was particularly fond of the deer at Attingham and fed them daily, with special favourites eating from his hand. Following his wishes, his ashes, and those of Teresa, his wife, were placed at the memorial in the Deer Park. 
The fallow deer grazing in the park
A wide shot of the deer park, with lots of fallow deer in the background
The fallow deer grazing in the park

Site of Special Scientific Interest

Attingham's parkland is one of the richest and most important nature conservation sites for veteran trees and invertebrates in England. Attingham's oldest tree is nearly 700 years old and several others about 500 years old. These trees are carefully managed, balancing safe visitor access with maintaining the essence of Repton's landscape. 

A Cardinal Beetle at Attingham Park

Rotten wood and amazing bugs

Attingham has been a Site of Special Scientific Interest since March 2000. Find out more here.