Attingham Park, just outside Shrewsbury in Shropshire, is another well run National Trust property that is a favourite with familes.
With its big columns, state rooms, library, kitchen, safe with treasures, bedrooms, orangery, lots of stairs, and a gallery, the main house at Attingham Park is well worth a visit, especially on days when they dress up. Children's quizzes are often available.
Outside and to the back of the house is the cafe 😉
Attingham Deer Park and Grounds
The grounds are open all year, and are massive.
Attingham Park has a very large deer park. It is believed these deer are descendants of the wild deer that were in the area when the park was fenced in.
The park spans the River Tern, and you can walk through the formal grounds and into the deer park (areas are off limits though, in order to protect the deer). Deer park tours are also available on certain dates through out the year.
As well as the open expanse of land, Attingham has large woodland and an opportunity for kids to make dens and get muddy.
Watch out for forest sculptures that often appear through out the year. You can also go into an old ice house (can't wait to do that for the late night halloween 'spooky walk' they have this year).
If you just wish to go into the grounds and not the house then the entrance price is less.
Children's Activities at Attingham Park
Attingham Park puts on children's trails and activities, normally during holidays.
These often start at the old stable block, which is the main entrance by the car park.
There's also another cafe here and usually a few games or toys.
Further round the grounds, towards the walled garden (which is signposted) is a new play park. This is the largest one yet we've seen at a National Trust property, and looks more like a community sports field.
Towards the exit of Attingham Park is Home Farm.
This is a separate admission to the the park or house.
Here kids can see the rare bread cattle, pigs, and poultry in the farm that is run on the estate.
On The Map
The entrance is on the B4380, 4 miles outside the town of Shrewsbury.