Rainy day discoveries at Wimpole

Many of our visitors are happy to wander through the gardens and parkland in any weather, but if you prefer to stay dry there is still plenty to discover at Wimpole on a rainy day.

Explore Wimpole Hall

Step inside Wimpole Hall, the largest country house in Cambridgeshire, and marvel at the unique architecture and interior design of the building. Visit Sir John Soane’s Yellow Drawing Room, explore one of the National Trust’s largest and most varied libraries and gaze at the four magnificent Caesars in the entrance hall.

On your way around look out for some rather unusual features such as the enormous sunken bath in the bathhouse, the trompe l’oeil plasterwork in the chapel and the mix and match fireplaces. Don’t forget to visit the basement to get a glimpse into the lives of the servants below stairs.

If the weather doesn’t brighten up you could extend your visit in the Hall by joining one of our trails or events. 

Our new technology trail around the house reveals the innovative, practical and quirky ways technology has kept Wimpole Hall running over the years, from chamber pots to Blue Wool Dosimeters. Or you could join a talk about how renewable energy keeps our visitors warm.

Visit our What’s On page for our full list of events.

Rainy day adventures with your family 

Sometimes children just need to let off steam regardless of the weather so put on your wellies and waterproofs and have some rainy day fun. Don’t worry there are plenty of places to shelter if it gets a bit too much.

At Home Farm you can follow the daily life of our rare breed horses, sheep, pigs and goats on our working farm. Throughout the day you can see the piglets being fed, meet one of our resident rabbits or help us groom Daisy and Clementine, our Provence donkeys. During the lambing season you may even be lucky enough to see the birth of a rare breed lamb in our specially built lambing marquee.

Children will also love exploring the basements in the Hall and seeing how the servants kept this huge house running. The glass house and gardener’s cottage in the walled garden are also great places to dodge a shower. And of course there is always the toy shop in the stable block.

If it brightens up a little, head to the trees just beyond Home Farm and you’ll discover our adventure woodland. Test your climbing skills and your balance on the walkways and castles and find everything you need to build your own den to shelter from the rain. 

Dry off and warm up

If you get caught in a shower you can step inside one of our three cafes across the estate to warm up and dry off. It could be the perfect excuse for an early lunch in The Old Rectory restaurant, a delicious cake under the colonnades in the stable block or for families to take a break in our Farm Cafe.