On a crisp autumnal day, I decided to visit Attingham Park. Nestled away in the Shropshire countryside near Atcham, Shrewsbury, Attingham Hall and its estate were originally built for the first Lord Berwick, but are now managed by the National Trust. I’d always wanted to visit Attingham Park, yet somehow had never made the trip, despite it being just an hour’s drive away from my home in Mid Wales.
There is so much to see and do at Attingham Park that we spent 4 or 5 hours there. We walked around the grounds, through the fallen leaves, in the beautiful Walled Gardens and through the halls and rooms of the 18th-century house.
We had lunch in the Mansion Tea Room, but there’s also the Carriage House Cafe, Lady Berwick’s and The Greedy Pig for tasty treats. However, you can take your own picnic, if you wish, and sit in the wonderful grounds to eat it.
What can’t be missed when visiting Attingham Park is the Deer Park. There is a path to follow, but somehow we ended up incorporating another walk and doubling the length of our walk (which caused me some pain, but was totally worth it as there were more deer in that area of the park). There are also plenty of other creatures to spot around Attingham Park, including an abundance of squirrels, cattle and a variety of birds. We also noticed many dog walkers taking advantage of the deer park (dogs on leads, of course).
Once we’d finished our epic walk, we headed back to the Carriage House Cafe for some well-deserved refreshments and a rest. Of course, whilst in the Stables Courtyard, I’d recommend a visit to Attingham Park’s two shops – the secondhand bookshop in the Grooms’ Rooms and the gift shop in the Shop in the Stables (including produce from the Walled Garden and locally-grown plants).
I’ll definitely be visiting Attingham Park again and, if you’re ever in the area, I’d recommend you do too! (We paid £11.50 each to gain access to the whole property, but it is only £6.75 to access the park, walled garden and play field without entering the house, or free for National Trust members).