The Mansion

Picture of Shugborough Mansion and fountain

Join us as we tell the tale of two brothers through focusing on key pieces in our collection. One brother on a quest for money, influence and adventure and the other on a quest for paradise, culture and quality.

Exploring the house

When Shugborough was handed over the the National Trust in November 2016, we decided to change the ways in which we tell our stories. Instead of showing rooms in their traditional setting, we celebrate key pieces in our collection and use them to evoke the tales of adventures, travels and triumphs of the brothers Thomas and George Anson.

You can explore the Mansion at your own pace and marvel at the glorious colours, textures and detail. You will be able discover the intrepid journey of George, who was only the second englishman to circumnavigate the globe aboard his ship the centurion, and his capture of a Spanish treasure galleon, which ultimately funded much of the Shugborough Estate. 

Visit the Room of Imaginary Landscapes and learn more about Thomas Anson’s architectural plans for ‘Arcadia’ and ‘A Perfect Paradise’ throughout the house and grounds, which was inspired by his Grand Tour. The magnificent paintings by Nicholas Dall that are displayed there show Shugborough's original landscape in all of its glory.

Dall paintings displayed in the dining room at Shugborough

Shugborough through the eye of Dall

The four paintings by Nicholas Dall have been relocated to the dining room, so that you can see what the landscape of Shugborough used to look like with all its features.