Shropshire's magnificent country estate is just one of over 100 National Trust properties opening their gardens to visitors after lockdown
A favourite with dog walkers, Attingham Park, near the village of Atcham in Shropshire, is open again to visitors.
After a stroll around the walled garden, pleasure grounds and deer park with or without a pooch, visitors can also enjoy food and drink from the café and browse around the shop. Don’t be tempted to just turn up though, as to be allowed inside the grounds, members and non-members must pre-book tickets and will be turned away without a booking.
To be clear, all National Trust houses remain closed, so unfortunately you won’t be able to wander inside the Grade I-listed mansion house at Attingham, but you will be able to enjoy the splendid architecture which dates back to 1785. Views abound from various vantage points in the glorious setting.
Attingham has some 370 acres of woodland to wander around, plus ponds and about five miles of river, all of which is a haven for wildlife such as barn owls, buzzards, woodpeckers and bats, and all manner of fungi, plant and flower species. The park is also an important conservation site for veteran trees and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to it being home to many rare species of insect.
Every Friday new tickets are released for the following week but it’s worth being quick off the mark, as tickets go quickly. Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. A valid membership card number must be entered at booking stage for each member and membership cards will be checked on entry. Non-members will need to pay in advance, and each visitor is designated a 30-minute arrival time.
For further information, including precise opening dates and times, tel: 01743 708123 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park. As well as Attingham, many more National Trust sites are being opened in England each week, while in Wales, parks and gardens will be open for pre-booked tickets from the 6th July. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk for more details
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