With the sun finally shining on Friday, I was raring to go and a visit to Erddig was top of the list. Halfway to our destination, I realised I had not changed the lens on my camera (my macro lens was attached) and so I would have to use my mobile phone for the majority of the photos (my Huawei P30 Pro came to the rescue!).
Erddig is a National Trust property a short distance from Wrexham in North East Wales. The main part of the hall was built in the 17th century, with 2 wings added in the 1720’s. In 1733 the property was bequeathed to the Yorke family and it was passed down the generations until 240 years later when Philip Scott Yorke, the last squire of Erddig, gave it to the National Trust in March 1973.
Several years earlier a shaft from the nearby Bersham Colliery had collapsed under the house and work was needed to save the house from becoming a ruin. Compensation from the National Coal Board paid for the underpinning of the house and the sale of 63 acres of parkland paid for restoration work on the house. In the summer of 1977, the house was officially opened to the public (by Prince Charles, no less) and the house and the 1,200 acres of parkland remain open to the public to this day.
We began our visit with lunch at Erddig’s Hayloft restaurant where hot food, salads, sandwiches, cakes and drinks are available. I settled for a chicken & vegetable salad, whilst Mum chose an egg sandwich. We both grabbed a bag of crisps each and a drink. Looking around us at the restaurant (I love to people-watch) showed the variety of people visiting Erddig – young families, friends, couples, older people. It’s obviously a place for everyone to visit for a day out. The gift shop is situated just below the Hayloft restaurant, but we left that for later.
Having looked around The Outer Yard, we said hello to the donkeys and the horses in the Stableyard. In the carriage house, there is a collection of old bicycles and cars, many of which look like they are in need of restoration (not that I’d want to ride any of them in the cobbled Stableyard!).
We entered the house itself via the Dairy and the lower ground floor of the house, making our way through the servants’ working areas of the house (“below stairs”) and up through the state rooms (“above stairs”). I think you could visit Erddig and still not take it all in. There is so much within the house itself to see. Not all the rooms are accessible, but there is still so much to see. There is so much history in this house and the volunteers are very knowledgeable.
The gardens spread out behind Erddig Hall and there is plenty to see. Bees dart around the garden from flower to flower, squirrels dash through the grass and up the trees, and a heron sits next to the canal, patiently waiting to catch its prey. There are plenty of places to sit and take in the beautiful surroundings.
For those wishing to stretch their legs a bit more, there are long walks through Erddig’s wonderful parkland. We sadly didn’t get time to take in any of the walks, but that just means we’ll have to make a return trip one day!
Before heading home, we made sure to visit the gift shop. Pen friends of mine will know I’m partial to their beautiful notecards and I was also very nearly tempted by a few of their plants.
It’s impossible to see everything at Erddig in one day and so very much warrants a return trip. Those with accessibility needs will be pleased to hear that the gardens are on flat ground, though the cobbled yards might cause a slight issue for wheelchair users (hold on to your teeth!).
We paid £13.50 each for entry to the house & gardens (entry to just the summer gardens & outhouses is £8.60 for adults) and I thought it was well worth the money as there was so much to see. I’m already looking forward to a return visit.