Journey through the historic estate of Shugborough and discover a bygone era as the costumed living history characters bring the past to life. In the walled garden meet the gardeners of 1805, while on the farm, servants are busy making butter and cheese and the farm hands tend to the animals. Take a ride on Lucy the Train or walk across the stunning parkland. The story continues in the Servants' Quarters where cooks and kitchen maids prepare food on the range, starch the whites in the laundry and brew ale in the wood-fired brewery. The Mansion House completes the story, where the 1805 Viscount and Lady Anson are often present. Please contact or see website for details of special events. Photo credit: house with clouds - Ashford Daly Photography
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: 6 wheelchairs, 2 batricars, hearing loop, ramps
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open 18 Mar-21 Oct, grounds, gardens, tearoom & shop daily; House, farm, servants' quarters closed Tue. Site open all year to pre-booked parties
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About the area
It was Staffordshire that bore the brunt of the largest non-nuclear explosion of World War II, when a munitions dump at RAF Fauld went up in 1944. It was also the county’s regiment that once boasted within its ranks the most decorated NCO of World War I, in the person of William Coltman (1891-1974). Going back a little further, George Handel penned his world-famous masterpiece The Messiah on Staffordshire soil. During another chapter of Staffordshire history, the county was home to the first canals and the first factory in Britain, and it had front-row seats for the drama surrounding one of the most notorious murder trials of the 19th century, that of Doctor William Palmer.
In outline, Staffordshire looks not unlike the profile of a man giving Leicestershire a big kiss. The man’s forehead is arguably the best region for hillwalking, as it comprises a significant chunk of the Peak District. This area is characterised by lofty moors, deep dales and tremendous views of both. Further south are the six sprawling towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent, which historically have had such an impact on Staffordshire’s fortunes, not to mention its culture and countryside. This is pottery country, formerly at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution and the driving force behind a network of canals that still criss-cross the county.
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