Victorian Christmas at Lanhydrock

The decorated Christmas tree in the dining room at Lanhydrock, Cornwall

See the past come alive at Lanhydrock this Christmas. With just a few special rooms open and decorated, you can come and see how the Victorians prepared for lavish family meals in the kitchen and celebrated this wonderful time of the year.

The halls, dining room and garden are decorated to welcome and impress the family's guests and you can join in with the dinner preparations in the kitchens.


A warm and friendly welcome

Every day (except Christmas day and Boxing Day) from 11am-4pm you can come inside the ornately decorated front hall to a warm welcome from the Victorian family's servants. There’s a large decorated Christmas tree in the hall and a roaring fire to warm you on chilly days.

In the inner hall, you'll find out who was invited to Christmas dinner and what the menu was - all based on information discovered in our archives. 

The kitchens are bustling with the excitement of the dinner ahead and you can help the cook and kitchen maids prepare the festive food and decorations here.

The dining room is beautifully decorated in high-Victorian style - the period when most of our favourite festive traditions took hold.

Family fun this Christmas

Get involved in the kitchen in the house to help prepare, You can stud oranges with cloves, stir puddings, make gingerbread and weigh out ingredients for the cook. In the garden, we'll have a foodie themed festive trail for the little ones to enjoy.

Father Christmas himself will be flying in too. He’s a pretty busy chap at this time of year and there is limited availability to see him. You’ll need to book tickets via our What's On event listing or through our booking office on 0344 249 1895.

The learning room will be open everyday for families to come inside and make a Christmas wish to hang on the tree (or even take it home)! At weekends, the storytelling corner will come alive with readings throughout the day.

Getting out and about on the estate

You can wrap up warm and take the family around the gardens finishing at the decorated Thatched Cottage.

The wider estate is the perfect setting for winter walks and bike rides if you have a bit more time. Our cycle trails and hire centre are open every day except Christmas day.

You can warm up afterwards with festive food in the cosy restaurant when the house is open or sit by the wood burner in the Park Café. Don’t forget those last minute gifts from our shop. 

We hope to see you here this Christmas.

Having fun in the Christmas kitchen
A child making an orange pomander in the kitchen at Lanhydrock, Cornwall
Having fun in the Christmas kitchen
Mince pies on a plate

Lanhydrock mince pies

Try our simple Lanhydrock mince pies recipe which makes this essential festive treat easy for you to make this Christmas.