At the hall and on the estate
Benthall may be a small estate, but it’s packed full of things to do. As well as visit around the house you can stroll around the gardens, get tea and cake in the tea-room, then work it off on a walk through the park and woods.
The house is still tenanted by the Benthall family today, and they can trace their lineage back to the Saxon period on this site. Inside the house you can discover more about the family, how the house was lost out of the family line but then eventually bought back. You'll also find out about the impact of the tenants on the estate during this interim period.
There are a number of interesting features to see in the house, including the staircase, wood panelling and plaster ceilings.
Outside in the garden you can wander around hidden paths and sit on a bench in the rose garden, taking in the heady scent of the roses and listening to the bees buzzing around. In the spring and autumn, you'll see crocuses in flower - these are very special to us as one of the tenants, George Maw, collected crocuses from all around the world and brought them back to Benthall for his own personal collection.
The neighbouring church, St Bartholomew’s, has recently been acquired by the National Trust. This is an interesting and unusual building to explore, as it was rebuilt during the Restoration period after the original church was destroyed during the Civil War.
Out in the wider landscape, there are some lovely walks around the park and woodland. You can even walk to Ironbridge and back if you don’t mind a bit of a slope! The park is full of wildflowers, including orchids in the summer, and the woodland is also packed full of rare flora.
Our intimate tea-room in the house is run purely by volunteers who are happy to serve you, waitress-style, your afternoon tea. Although we serve drinks and cakes only, there's always a good selection on offer and we're sure they'll get your mouth watering.