Everything you need to know for a first time visit to Dudmaston

Dudmaston summer family garden

Catch an art exhibition in the galleries, while-away your afternoon in the garden or get active outdoors and venture into Dudmaston's wider landscape. Whether you're just popping in for coffee or planning to spend the whole day with us, we can't wait to share this special place with you.

When is Dudmaston open?

Dudmaston Hall and visitor facilities are open Sunday-Thursday, 11am-5pm until the end of October. Some areas of the property have staggered opening times so please check here before you visit.

Car parks in Comer Woods, the Old Sawmill and Hampton Loade are open everyday, so you can explore the wider estate on foot or by bike all year round. You'll find toilets and a seasonal catering hut in Comer Woods.

Pay and display car parking is free for National Trust members in Comer Woods
Dudmaston comer woods car park bikes
Pay and display car parking is free for National Trust members in Comer Woods

How much does it cost to come in?

Admission to Dudmaston Hall and visitor facilities is free for National Trust members and under 5s. You can find prices for non-member admission on our website here. As a charity, we rely on the income from memberships and admission to look after this special place for future generations to enjoy.

Car parks

There are four car parks on the estate. Parking is free for everyone at Dudmaston Hall but admission to the property applies.

In our countryside car parks, parking is free for National Trust members, £1.50 for 90 minutes or £3 all day. Please scan your membership card in the machine to receive your free ticket. Money raised in the car parks help us to fund on-going conservation and access work across the estate, thank you for your support.

Welcome to Dudmaston Hall, a family home for over 900 years

Dudmaston Hall is open Sunday-Thursday, 12.30-4pm until 30 September. You're welcome to explore the historic rooms at your own pace. Volunteer guides are happy to tell you the stories of Dudmaston, or answer any questions you may have, on your way around.

The mansion is a much-loved and lived-in family home. You might spot personal photos, muddy boots and perhaps a dog lead or two, on your visit. Mark, Elfrida, Oscar and Rachel, otherwise known as the Hamilton-Russell family, welcome you to enjoy and share in the beauty of this place, just as they do.

Entrance hall at Dudmaston in Shropshire

Step inside Dudmaston Hall

Dudmaston Hall remains today what it has been for 875 years. A much loved and lived-in family home. Step inside the historic rooms to discover the house that sits at the heart of this rural, working estate. Timed entry tickets to visit the Hall and Galleries are available to collect, on a first come, first served basis, from reception when you arrive.

Fun for families

There's something for little ones and big ones to discover at Dudmaston. Pick up a '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' sticker chart and booklet from Visitor Reception - it's packed full of activities you can do together in nature.

Dudmaston Comer Woods den building

'50 things to do before you're 11¾' at Dudmaston

From huge hills to muddy puddles, every inch of Dudmaston is worth exploring.

Follow a free family trail in the Hall and galleries or join us during the holidays for our exciting programme of crafts and children's activities. For a list of organised activities, timings and how to book, take a look at the 'what's on' section on our website.

Art exhibitions in the galleries

Dudmaston is home to one of the most important private Modern art collections in Britain. Works include pieces by Moore, Matisse and Hepworth. Join a 'Cocktail of Art' tour to preview these works before the doors open. Tours run Sunday-Thursday at 11.30pm, ask at reception on arrival.

Our collection of modern Spanish abstract art is of international significance. This collection, by dissident artists in President Franco's Spain, including works by Clavie, Suarez, Millares, Munoz and Tapies and members of the El Paso group, is unexpected in this traditional, country house setting.

Visitor in Modern Art Gallery at Dudmaston Hall in Shropshire

The Galleries at Dudmaston

From 17 May, the Galleries at Dudmaston reopen. To visit the Galleries, collect your timed entry ticket on arrival from reception. We're limiting numbers inside the galleries and staggering your entry to keep everyone safe.

New for 2019

While-away your afternoon in the garden

Look out over Big Pool to the Clee Hills beyond. The garden's top view points change with the seasons, but the water, framed by ancient trees, is a show-stopper all year round.

Look out over Big Pool
The gardens in flower with the lake in the background at Dudmaston
Look out over Big Pool

For more secluded areas, head to the American Garden. Join a tour (Sunday to Thursday), lead by our volunteer guides, to find out about the garden's plants and wildlife.  

The garden is a dog-free zone. Assistance dogs are welcome. Read on for dog friendly walking routes across the estate.

Explore the Dingle and park

The Dingle is a rare and important landscape, a feature typical of the Picturesque movement in garden design that first became fashionable in the late 18th century. The idea was to create an artificial landscape that looked natural, with paths, seats and bridges to encourage walkers to pause and take in the views.

Dog walking in winter at Ashridge Herts

Visiting Dudmaston with your dog

It's great to see dogs and dog lovers enjoying the estate so bring your pooch along and explore the walks.

Rest and refuel

Whether you're settling down to a leisurely lunch or need a pick-me-up before your walk, there are plenty of places to satisfy rumbling tummies at Dudmaston.

Woman holding takeaway hot drink

Food and drink at Dudmaston

Pick up a coffee before your woodland walk. The Café in Comer Woods is open for hot drinks, cakes and savoury snacks. Find us in Heath Meadow, just a few minutes walk from the car park.

Venture further afield

Comer Woods is 1.5 miles from Dudmaston's main entrance, towards Bridgnorth. Open every day, all year round, come along and explore the woodland at your own pace. Bring you bikes or put your best foot forward and venture out into Dudmaston's wider landscape.