Late spring visits to Attingham

Visitors having a rest in parkland at Attingham Park, Shropshire

Spring is turning into summer and the estate is blooming with buds, blossom, new shoots and leaves emerging. During May look out for the National Camassia Collection in the Walled Garden, and the Rhododendrons and Azaleas in the parkland as they come into flower. The Mansion basement is open daily for visits to 'Servants' Home: Putting on a Country House Party'. Visits to Attingham are by pre-booked ticket.

We're full of the joys of late spring as splashes of colour can be spotted around the parkland. The views change almost weekly, see whats newly in bloom the next time you enjoy a stroll around the estate.

 

Step out on the estate

There's always something to look out for or something new to spot in the great outdoors at Attingham as the seasons change throughout the year. Find out more about some of our walks below. 

A view across the parkland at Attingham Park

Head out on a walk around Attingham

Explore the Deer Park, stroll through our Walled Garden, or enjoy the beauty of the River Tern.

Bluebells at Attingham

When in full flower bluebells will almost magically transform the woodland making for a wonderful photo opportunity. As they begin to flourish, their popular nectar will attract an array of insects including beautiful butterflies emerging from their hibernation.

Bluebells in full bloom at Attingham
The sunny beams down through the trees onto the carpet of bluebells
Bluebells in full bloom at Attingham

We expect the bluebells displays to be at their best from the end of April into the start of May, weather conditions dependent. On your walk through the Parkland at this time of year you’ll also stumble across other spring flowers including primroses, oxlips and fritillaries that’ll emerge in late spring.

 

Wildlife on Silk by Sarah Evans

Oudoor art display: Saturday 22 May to Sunday 4 July

You'll find nine of local silk artist Sarah Evans' silk paintings on display outdoors from Saturday 22 May. Featuring native British wildlife, you can see 'Wildlife on Silk' on display along the Mile Walk path between the Stables Courtyard and Walled Garden. 

Bright and vibrant 'Wildlife on Silk' by local artist Sarah Evans.
Sections of three pieces of artwork by Sarah Evans
Bright and vibrant 'Wildlife on Silk' by local artist Sarah Evans.

Each of the pictures is first painted onto silk before being varnished onto acrylic sheets. This makes them weather proof as well as giving a similar effect to a stained glass panel.

You can find out more about Sarah Evans and her work here.

 

Stop off at the Walled Garden

A garden for all seasons! Whatever time of year you visit, make sure you stop off in the Walled Garden and Orchard to see what's happening each season. During late spring and early summer the garden begins to bloom. In May, look out for the Camassia collection. These delicate star shapes blue coloured flowers grow to around 3ft tall. The collection has its own bed in the frame yard, and is a ‘National Collection’.

Pollinating insects love the blue camassia
Beautiful blue camassia attracts many insects in Charlecote's early summer garden
Pollinating insects love the blue camassia
A close up of a waistcoat at Attingham Park

Discover the Mansion at Attingham

The ground floor of the Mansion is open for a new themed visit, ‘Be Our Guest'. Please read this article for more information on what to expect on your visit.

Looking across the Deer Park towards the Mansion at Attingham Park.

Visiting Attingham 

On weekdays you don’t need to pre-book your visit. At busier times, like weekends, Bank Holidays and school holidays, booking your admission to Attingham is recommended to guarantee entry. You can book in advance or on the day, online or by calling 03442 491895. You'll need your ticket/booking ref and NT membership card (if applicable) ready for admission. The Mansion basement is open for 'Servants' Home: Putting on a Country House Party'. Entry to the basement will be by timed token available on the day from Visitor Reception (on first-come, first-served basis).