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“Stunning and stylish” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shugborough

Ranked #2 of 34 things to do in Stafford
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Owner description: Step into the past at Shugborough, the UK's only Complete Working Historic Estate. Costumed characters bring your visit to life, taking you on a journey 'upstairs and downstairs' of a large country estate. Features Mansion House, Servants' Quarters, Working Farm, Brewery & Mill, Lots of Animals, Riverside Gardens, Walled Garden, Craft Workshops, Train Ride, Play Park, Tearoom, Old Fashioned Sweet Shop & Gift Shop. Shugborough's grounds, gardens, buildings and collections are entirely funded and managed by Staffordshire County Council.
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“Stunning and stylish”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Shugborough, the National Trust property, formally the home of the Earl of Litchfield (Patrick, the famous photographer), was clearly signed from Stafford which is only 6 miles away making it easy to reach and has good parking failities. We walked to the entrance and paid our £12.00 (concession - worth being a pensioner after all) then walked through the Walled gardens, with numerous plants, flowers and traditionally grown vegetables, some in raised beds. The blacksmith hard at work was an impressive sight, demonstrating their craft in their "bothies". There were activities for children from meeting a large black rare breed sow who resides in the pen and in another area are a happy group of scarecrows, next to a pile of colourful fun clothes, waiting to be dressed up. A short walk took us to the craft shops which had glass blowers, woodturners, carpenters, candlemakers and then out to the shuttle train to the Mansion House which in a word is fabulous. So much history from Admiral Anson to the Litchfields, gorgeously decorated rooms and architecture. Very friendly guides were on hand to answer questions and gave an interesting account of some paintings and furnishings. We could have stayed for hours going from room to room, but decided since the sun was shining to explore the servants quarters and grounds. Fortified by delicious coffee from the Ladywalk Tearooms, we strode out to visit the follies, arboretum,gardens with lovely shrubs, the chinese house, cat monument, bridges and animals. we crossed the old bridge over the River Sow and watched families picnicing and children swimming in the river. We then made our way to the Canal and watched longboats making their sedate way through the locks, which are a feat of simple but effective engineering, on their journey up river. Finally tired but happy, we decided to walk back to our car, making use fo the excellent lavatory facilities before our long journey home to Gloucestershire. This is a brilliant family day out, and the ticket price is great value for money as one can spend the whole day and even take ones own picnic! Jan Long

Visited May 2013
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Newport, United Kingdom
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“Grand old house”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

Have visited Shugborough many times which says it all.

Plenty to see and do both in the house with all its exhibited but also in the grounds which is super with many walks

Visited August 2012
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Telford, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

Visited today with my Dad, very friendly and enthusiastic guides around the house and in the shop - only a few guides that were not very talkative.
Lovely history and information about the house and garden.
The tea room was okay - not very friendly or welcoming staff, but yummy cakes!

Bought some yummy raspberry curd from the shop and had a nice chat with the lady on the counter!

Didn't realise that you could get your parking money back if you toured the house though, which is slightly annoying as I could've got my £3 back!

Overall it was really lovely visit!

Visited May 2013
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“Plenty to see and do”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

Interesting history and a loverly house and gardens, the working museum is really interesting, all the usual facilities associated with NT sites. You have to pay for the parking so take some coins, but you get it refunded if you tour the house.

Visited April 2013
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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“Do not go on Tuesdays !”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

As we arrived I got informed it was 'shut on Tuesdays' except from the tiny gift shop. It was disgusting that they had not put it clearly on the website. I would not recommend this trip

Visited April 2013
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