At the start of our visit, we entered the courtyard, where I spotted a second-hand bookshop, so that was our first stop…
I love how you can just see Little Man in his pushchair perusing a book in the corner of that first shot!
We then roamed around the grounds and found, amongst other things, a river, an ice house, a stable block, and just so much glorious space! It was brilliant to see Boo darting around and discovering everything. The ice house was fascinating, and it was really cold down there!
Boo and I then decided to explore the mansion, whilst Little Man and the Husband had a run about and play outside. The mansion was built in 1785, so is full of regency touches – a favourite period of history for me. We were in there for quite some time, despite Boo rushing from room to room on the mousehunt that they had on in their for children. There was just that much to see, and she liked checking out the clothes, trying on the hats, sitting at the housekeepers table, and I envied the library!
After a pit stop refreshing ourselves with drinks and cakes (lemon drizzle for the kids, a huge slice of chocolate cake for the Husband and a clotted cream scone for me, just so you know!), we walked around and found the walled garden and orchard, which you can find out more about in my Wonderful Attingham Park Gardens post here. Just beyond the garden was a huge playing field, a vast expanse of space to burn off energy in, with plenty of slides, swings, logs, climbing frames, dirt mounds and tunnels to have fun with. So, the kids got stuck in!
And then we found it was time to head home. We could have spent hours more there, and I can see it’d be a lovely place to take a picnic and a ball and just ‘be’ with the kids for a few hours, aside from all that there is to see there. The children would have happily spent all day out on that playing field, let alone looking anywhere else. I could have killed another hour with those books and more cake! And I’d enjoy meandering a little more slowly around the house, and taking it all in, too. It was a fabulous day out, with very welcoming and friendly staff, in stunning surroundings. Yes, we will return soon!