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Things to do in the Mansion at Attingham Park

Two visitors looking at artwork in a red room with many golden framed paintings on the walls at Attingham Park, Shropshire
Exploring the picture gallery at Attingham Park, Shropshire | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Built for the first Lord Berwick in 1785, and replacing Tern Hall, Attingham Hall and its beautiful parkland were owned by one family for more than 160 years. As their fortunes rose and fell, the family proved themselves to be spenders, savers and saviours - providing a fascinating story of love and neglect, the marks of which still stand in Attingham’s rooms today.

Continuing a legacy of looking after Attingham

Thomas, 8th Lord Berwick, bequeathed Attingham to the National Trust in 1947. Before this, Thomas and his wife Teresa had begun restoration work, as well as carefully saving and storing historic items for future conservation and restoration.

‘...Some day, others will finish what we could not...’
- Teresa, Lady Berwick, 1951

Described as one of the most generous gifts to the Trust, the team at Attingham continue to conserve and care for the interiors of the mansion and the collection it contains today.

Children enjoying a period recreation of a kitchen with the help of a costumed interpreter at Attingham Park
Children enjoying a period recreation of a kitchen with the help of a costumed interpreter at Attingham Park | © National Trust Images/David Levenson

Visiting the Mansion

Find out about the history of the Hill family, discover more about the Lords Berwick who lived here, and learn about the collection and interiors they have left behind.

Discover the stories of the people who have ‘made’ Attingham, from historical contributors such as John Nash, to artists and sculptors, to the work of modern conservators who care for our collections and interiors today.

Take in rooms such as the Dining Room, Sultana Room, and Picture Gallery with its iconic Regency glass roof, and follow the progress of our wallpaper and furniture conservation projects.

A different approach

The Mansion has an evolving visitor programme and different areas of the house will be open across the year.

Everything we do is rooted in the mansion’s history, highlighting particular stories and aspects of its past, present and future. We work with volunteers and creative partners to do this.

We gather feedback from visitors about their experiences to help inform how we open the mansion in the future.

Plan a visit in 2024

Everything we do is rooted in the Mansion’s history, highlighting particular stories and aspects of its past, present and future. We work with volunteers and creative partners and gather feedback from visitors to help inform how we open the Mansion in the future.

The Mansion has an evolving visitor programme and different areas will be open across the year.

Explore ‘below stairs’:

Explore Attingham’s ‘below stairs’ at you own leisure, taking in rooms such as the Kitchen, Butler’s Pantry, and Servants’ Hall.

Open 11am to 4pm daily from Saturday 10 February until Sunday 3 November, the servants' rooms in the Mansion basement will open on a free-flow basis.

‘Above stairs’:

Discover Attingham’s ‘show rooms’ and learn how Attingham’s occupants used these spaces to impress their visitors.

On weekdays from Monday 19 February until Friday 22 March visits to 'above stairs' in the Mansion are by guided tour only. Please speak to Visitor Reception on arrival to book a tour ticket. On weekends during that time and daily from Saturday 23 March to Sunday 3 November visits 'above stair' are free-flow. The basement is open daily in the Mansion for free-flow visit

Open 11am to 4pm daily from Saturday 23 March until Sunday 3 November, visits will be on a free-flow basis. The Mansion will then close until early December when you can see it dressed for Christmas.

A group of visitors on a guided tour in the picture gallery at Attingham Park, Shropshire, looking up at the ceiling
Visitors and room guide in the picture gallery at Attingham Park, Shropshire | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Experience Attingham in depth

Book a tour and explore surprising stories and spaces at Attingham. The following tours are pre-bookable, there are other tours which may be available to take on the day, please speak to a member of the team at Visitor Reception on arrival to find out more.

Book tours of Attingham's hidden home

Ever wondered what lies beyond the ‘Private’ signs?

In 2023, for the first time ever, visitors were able to discover the surprising story of Attingham’s hidden home - a two-storey apartment in the East Wing of the Mansion with a guided tour.

Due to the popularity of this experience, Attingham's Hidden Home Tours will return on Saturday 10 February 2024.

Winter Tours

From Monday 18 February to Friday 22 March discover the 'show rooms' on Attingham's ground floor on a Winter Tour:

Join one of our volunteer guides to hear the fascinating story of the family who lived at Attingham, and our journey to bring the house back to life. Catch a glimpse of our behind the scenes work whilst we get ready for the main season.

Speak to a member of the Visitor Reception team to book tours on the day. Winter Tours are free, last around 45 minutes, and are subject to volunteer availability.

The Picture Gallery at Attingham Park, Shropshire

Attingham Park's collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Attingham Park on the National Trust Collections website.

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