Getting ready to reopen
The excitement is building, as we get ready for reopening on 21 March this year.
Since the Shugborough Estate was handed back to us on 1 November 2016, we’ve been carrying out essential works, making a range of changes and improvements, and building the staff and volunteer teams.
So far, this work has included refurbishing the lodges, refitting the Mansion tea-room and Park Farm Café and improving toilet facilities (including a new Changing Places facility). We’re also improving the car park and installing an all-weather surface, as well as taking down fences and creating new walks across the wider estate.
All of these works are aimed at improving the visitor experience and future-proofing the estate, ready for an expected increase in visitor numbers.
With one single ticket to access the entire estate, visitors will be able to enjoy the Mansion’s ground floor rooms, discovering the story of Admiral Anson, his circumnavigation of the globe aboard his ship the Centurion and his capture of a Spanish treasure galleon, which ultimately funded much of the Shugborough Estate.
Don’t miss the Servant’s Quarters, where you can discover life ‘below stairs’ as it would have been centuries ago. Have a look at the Victorian Kitchen, discover the working laundry and delve into the Brewhouse.
From May you’ll also be able to explore the Lichfield Apartments, former home of the royal photographer Lord Patrick Lichfield, discovering personal objects and artefacts, including a spoon bent by Uri Geller. Don’t miss the fantastic celebrity and royal photos on display.
One of the country’s earliest model farms, Park Farm will form the new focal point for visitors to Shugborough. Discover the historic breeds like longhorn cows and southdown sheep, or explore the farm to uncover more about the history of the parkland.
If you just want to get away from it all, why not take a stroll out into the wider estate and explore 900 acres of Grade I listed parkland, complete with follies and monuments on our new range of estate walks.
Creating a vibrant and sustainable Shugborough will take some years, starting with these initial works and progressing through a programme of conservation. We invite you to join us on this exciting journey as we make sure Shugborough is protected for ever, for everyone.