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“A beautiful time capsule”

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens
Ranked #6 of 52 things to do in Doncaster
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 15, 2013

Brodsworth hall is a beautiful house captured in time, Now owned by English Heritage it has been carefully preserved as it was when the last residant, Mrs Grant Dalton died. It gives a glimpse of oppulent life up to 1960`s. The main rooms are very interesting and the servants` rooms and kitchens are fascinating. This year the house is telling the story of its involvement in WW2, how do you manage when 700 men evacuated from the Dunkirk beaches arrive on your front lawns?
It`s not only for grown ups, there is lots of onterest for children and a lovely play park in the grounds.And let us not forget the Pets Cemetery, a must for inquisitive children they can work out who was the oldest pet. The gardens are worth a visit on their own, from the manicured formal garden to the rose gardens, quiet walks and my favourite, the fern dell where you can sit on the seat at the top and just lose yourself in a bygone era.
We have friends visiting us from Essex this summer and Brodsworth will be top of our list of places to show of the best of Yorkshire.

Thank luvdonald
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Full marks to English Heritage for the way they have conserved the Hall. Not as ostentatious as so many former stately homes - 'faded opulence' is the term used by English Heritage and this is a fair description. A Victorian time capsule. We were with a private coach party and our reception and guided tours were well organised. Some of us returned into the Hall later to take advantage of 'free flow' after the guided tour - to get a closer look.and to visit the upper floor - not included on the tour. The Hall is mounting a war time exhibition this year on the upper floor. This portrays the role that Brodsworth played during WW2 and with some throwbacks also to WW1. A very well mounted exhibition in several rooms, funded by English Heritage.
The gardens are exeptionally well maintained with several interesting features. Some of our party plan to return in the summer to see the rose gardens in full bloom. The official guide book is one of the best I have seen for a stately home. All in all a day well spent,

Thank historian90
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Family visit at May Bank Holiday- very busy, but well organised and friendly car parking staff started off our visit well. The events for May centred on how the hall was affected by war- so lots of happenings around the place being requisitioned and how the family had to share it.
The hall itself is a bit of a time capsule- it has been preserved to reflect a certain era, but has not been fully renovated- some people who are used to national trust may find it unusual, but I liked the atmosphere- seems frozen in time, and the visitor staff were most informative. Lots of personal items and information, with something for everyone including children- dressing up/ interactive information posts.
The gardens are lovely- we were a little early in the year and a late Spring, so will have to return in Summer to appreciate the ferns, rose gardens and borders. The hall is at the centre and is beautiful and imposing with lovely views out into countryside.
We took a picnic- highly recommended, as you could sit anywhere and enjoy the gardens or set up in the car park overlooking fields.

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Reviewed May 3, 2013

Liked the place, really interesting, good staff and definitely worth a visit. Nice grounds and really a peaceful place to visit.

Thank LancashireScotsman
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

I must admit, I'm a bit surprised by the glowing reviews of Brodsworth. Yes, the gardens are really lovely (if this had been a review solely of the gardens, then 4 or 5 stars would apply), and it was nice to see the croquet lawn in use by a local club, but the house was a disappointment.

I can't understand why it's fine to give the garden a makeover and make it beautiful, but the house was left in a very poor state of decoration and could be much improved by just a coat of paint on the ceilings and the upstairs room walls (in keeping with its age of course, as the National Trust has done in some of its properties) - something which I am sure would have been done by the last owners of the house if they had intended living in it for longer! The house is architecturally uninteresting, and the contents are pretty poor when you consider what other country houses have to offer, so overall I was left unsure of why English Heritage took on this particular property in the 1990s and decided to present it as it is.

We did enjoy our visit, on a beautiful sunny day, but everything was expensive. Entrance at nearly ten pounds a head is too much for a house like this, and as for almost seven pounds for 2 basic cups of tea (only one teabag between us!) and a small slice of cake, well...

1  Thank Claribelle
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