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“Gem of a place”

Wightwick Manor and Gardens
Certificate of Excellence
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Gem of a place”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

Visited WM on a wet Friday afternoon in December and glad to have made the time and effort. It has been a while since my last visit and the place has benefitted from additional car parking and improved access to the property. The place was also benefitting from a recent appearance on Antiques Roadshow. My particular favourites in the house are the references to the local football club (Wolverhampton Wanderers) and polar explorers from the Scott/Shackleton era.

The tea shop has benefitted from a move to a much larger site in the old stables and is now able to offer a wider range of meals and provides more capacity. The Turkey lunch was enjoyable and the staff were friendly. Only gripes being that it was quite 'echoy' inside and the Victoria sponge, as lovely as it looked was a bit dry.

Overall an enjoyable visit and hopefully the weather will have improved for the next visit so that I can look round the gardens.

Visited December 2012
2 Thank Guy L
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Telford, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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“William Morris Lovers Delight”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

Loved the house and décor. Gardens seemed small in winter. Didn't like the obligatory attended tour, as cannot stand long, and one can read a book for the history. Freeform at weekends is better. General parking down a steep hill. Minimal disabled parking front of house. Would like to go again.

Visited November 2012
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
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“great day out”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

came here years ago wen i was a teenager, with school. enjoyed the day so much that i used to go back on my bike at weekends, loved the house but i loved to take a picnic and sit in the vast gardens, the little coffee shop was great 2, just a very cheap day out to see great house and gardens well worth a visit

Thank sarah a
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Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“An enjoyable history lesson”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

Our two young children are not usually interested in National Trust properties, but with a few hours to kill on a Sunday afternoon we decided to make the short journey to Wolverhampton to visit Wightwick Manor. I’m glad we did.

Wightwick is not the biggest house the National Trust own and the grounds are not the most extensive, but the house is packed with interesting items and history. Entry to the house is at set times and starts with a 10 minute introduction from someone who is clearly knowledgeable and fascinated about the whole estate and the Mander family. There was the usual “no photography” clause when touring the house, but there was the added bonus that children were allowed to play with the toys. There were a good selection of rooms available to visit and a multitude of staff who were all friendly and helpful if needed, but unobtrusive if you just wanted to look. In the main room someone was playing the piano to enhance the experience and create a vivid picture of life a century ago.

There were some additional buildings and a couple of unique gardens (e.g. a nuttery). The obligatory shop had a wider selection than most NT shops. The similarly mandatory tearoom was also available, though unlike the shop this did not seem as extensive as other NT tearooms.
All in all this is a fascinating place well worth visiting for a few hours.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank Dave S
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“If you love William Morris, you must go!”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

An absolutely stunning house. The William Morris wallpapers and tapestries are stunning! The grounds are also lovely for a picnic.

Visited August 2012
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