What there is to do at Shugborough

Visitors in the Walled Garden at Shugborough

There is plenty to see and do here at Shugborough. Here's a helpful guide to help you make the most out of your day.

When you arrive


Once you have parked in our Car Park, walk over to Visitor Reception to receive a warm and friendly welcome and see if there are any special events on that day. 

Across the bridleway, take a look into our Walled Garden, or head into Park Farm and explore our 19th century innovative house and courtyard.

Our farm has received Freedom Food Accreditation from the RSPCA, which means that we have an incredibly high standard of animal welfare. Because of this, expect to see our Longhorn cows and Southdown sheep roaming free in the Parkland.

Venture down to the Mansion

Our Mansion, Servants Quarters and the Lichfield Apartment are 800 metres from Park Farm, so you can enjoy a walk with pleasant views of the estate, or ask for our buggy service at Reception. The Mansion is open from 11am – 4pm, with last entry at 3.30pm. Please note that the Red Drawing Room and the Room of Imaginary Landscape are currently covered due to a major conservation project to install a new fire system. On your visit, ask the team about all the conservation work we are currently doing.

We have recently opened the Lichfield Apartment, which requires a timed ticket from Visitor Reception.These tickets sell out fast, so you might consider visiting us early or on quieter days (during the weekday or during term time) to make sure you can get onto a slot.

Picture of Shugborough Mansion and fountain

Mansion, Servants Quarters and the Lichfield Apartments

Discover all about life at Shugborough from the very beginning, from the adventurous Anson brothers to the glamorous lifestyle of Patrick Lichfield.

The red drawing room at Shugborough

Don't be alarmed

We have started a major conservation project to replace the fire alarm system in the Mansion.

Escape from the busy world

Immerse yourself in the outdoors and ask for our Estate Walks map from Reception. Our Parkland is open from 9am – 6pm. Did you know that Shugborough has 900 acres and hosts 8 beautiful monuments?

What to do with little adventurers

Have you visited our Explorer’s Wood play area by the Walled Garden, or picked up a 50 things to do before youre 11¾ map? Be sure to check our website for our current events for little adventurers

Two children making a den

Explore the outdoors and play in nature

Here at Shugborough, make sure you venture from the visitor paths and explore the natural world around you

Enjoy a little TLC

Treat yourself to some retail therapy in our Shop, and take a well-earned break in our Tearooms. We have facilities, including toilets, both at Park Farm and down at the Mansion. Park Farm Café is open 9.30am – 5pm, and the  Mansion Tearoom is open from 11am – 5pm, with hot food stopping at 3pm. The Mansion shop is open from 10am – 5.30pm.

How you are helping us

We charge a single entry ticket price  for non-members, which allows you access to 900 acres of Parkland, our Mansion and facilites. If you’re a member, don’t forget to bring your membership card so we can receive your membership credit that we put back into conservation.

Your support allows us to carry out essential conservation and project work.

Information signpost at Shugborough

Project updates

The management of the Shugborough Estate has been transferred back to the National Trust, after being leased by Staffordshire County Council since 1966.

Upcoming events

Fungi Foray

Sat 06 Oct 2018
14:00-15:00
Head into the woodland heart of the estate with a Ranger guide, discovering the fungi that lives and thrives there.

October Half-term

Sat 27 Oct 2018
10:00-16:00
Bring the whole family to celebrate the season this half-term. Explore the formal gardens on a pumpkin hunt and get to 'know your roots' with activities and fact-finding in the walled garden.

Explorers' Tales

Sat 27 Oct 2018
11:00-11:30
Let your little explorers' imagination embark on a journey with our sea-faring storyteller.

Besom Broom Making

Sun 28 Oct 2018
11:00-15:00
Make your own besom broom using birch twigs harvested from woodland on the estate.

Christmas at Shugborough

Sat 01 Dec 2018
10:00-15:00
Marvel at decorations inspired by the adventures, travels and triumphs of the two brothers who built Shugborough.

Carol Evening

Fri 07 Dec 2018
19:30-20:30
Celebrate the festive season with a traditional carol evening in the magical setting of Shugborough's historic Park Farm Yard. Mince pies and warming drinks will be served from Park Farm cafe during the interval.